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"Hey Guys" - Wait, did I leave someone out? Steps to Inclusive Workplace Language

  • 20 May 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Live Webinar


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Save the Date for our May 20th Program

"Hey Guys" - Wait, did I leave someone out? Steps to Inclusive Workplace Language


If you're looking to build, revamp or expand your organizational inclusion strategy, focusing on inclusive vernacular is a key place to begin towards creating a workplace of belonging.  Many times we do not think to question the language we are using, and oftentimes it can be exclusive to many of our colleagues. This can look like invites to a meeting, our policies, and processes and even what we say externally to our clients. 

Join us for this interactive and educational panel where we delve into the language of inclusion. 

This program has been submitted for HRCI Credits


Ethan Huckel

Ethan Huckel (he, him, his) is a dynamic educator and public speaker with twenty years of experience in  LGBTQ+ education and advocacy, and over ten years of experience in curriculum design, training, and  facilitation. His thoughtful, compassionate approach is perfect for organizations at all phases in their  journey towards equity and inclusion, and his expertise in curriculum design is ideal for organizations  seeking to reimagine their approach to development and learning. Ethan leverages his experience as a  transgender man, father, and community leader to foster inclusion of gender diversity from classrooms to  boardrooms and beyond.  

Ethan serves as board president at TGI Network of Rhode Island, a local non-profit organization that  serves the transgender and gender diverse community with peer support services, educational and  community-building events, and advocacy. In this role, Ethan has developed a broad understanding of the  lived experience of Rhode Island’s gender diverse population. He has testified before the state legislature,  spoken out in the fight for transgender justice and equity, and has been an instrumental part of extending  Rhode Island’s network of knowledgeable healthcare providers through the collaborative development of  the Rhode Island Trans Health Conference.  

Ethan was the recipient of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals’ 2019 Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion. Award and the 2018 Frank Ferri Spirit Award from Project Fearless. Recent partners include Brown  University and Amdocs.  

Kevin Matta

Director of Client Engagement & Inclusion and a rising  to Partner at AWE, Kevin Matta brings an extensive understanding and focused attention to the human lenses of diversity, inclusion, equality and belonging.  Working closely with clients, Kevin listens deeply, with empathy, to fully understand their challenges. Applying his insights and experience, Kevin works in partnership to help shape the journey to raise awareness, expand connectedness, and strengthen inclusive leadership practices. He also brings a sharp focus on client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections. 

A strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, Kevin brings  both passion and experience to his role. Bilingual in Spanish-English, he has  worked in the non-profit, healthcare, and financial service industries. He has a  transformative effect on the numerous non-profit organizations he supports  through his volunteer work including serving as Chair and Director of Diversity  and Inclusion for Society for Humans Resources Management (SHRM) of Rhode  Island; DAIP (Diversity and Inclusion Professionals); and the Women’s Fund of  Rhode Island. He is also active in his community and member The Grace Church. 

Kevin is a native Rhode Islander and known for his “wicked good” sense of  humor. You’ll find him happily walking his rescue dog, Chloe, on the streets of  East Greenwich. 

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