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Gigi Carter

Founder & CEO at My True Self

"The Physiology of Inclusion: Fostering Resiliency, Curiosity, and Empathy to Lead Inclusively"

Presentation Date, Time and Location - TBD

Presentation Description:

Executives, administrators, and managers face the difficult challenge of leading organizations and teams through economic uncertainty, increased competition, and growing polarization in society. The Winters Group, Inc. has identified that being an inclusive leader requires not only technical skills, and competency, but also The Physiology of Inclusion.

The Physiology of Inclusion details how six components, sleeping, eating, exercising, thinking, being, and interacting, can be nurtured to improve your resiliency, curiosity, and empathy.

• Resiliency is our ability to recover quickly, or “bounce back” from difficulties in life. When leading DEI efforts, you may often be viewed as different than others, and be, or feel isolated.

• Curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something. When leading DEI efforts, curiosity is important because your mind will need to be open and observant of new ideas and possibilities.

• Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. When leading DEI efforts, empathy is an essential skill to develop a real understanding across cultures.

The Physiology of Inclusion includes a voluntary assessment and questionnaire, models, and exercises participants can use to enhance their ability to lead diverse teams.

Three Takeaways:​​


  1. Sample health assessment and questionnaire. If interested, participants can complete the assessment before the conference, and receive one-on-one coaching.

  2. Practical tips to improve their resiliency, curiosity, and empathy.

  3. Models and exercises to complete and to share with colleagues.



Gigi Carter (Pronouns: She | Her) is the founder of My True Self, PLLC, a socially conscious nutrition and wellness practice. She is a licensed nutritionist through Washington State’s Department of Health and certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Gigi works with both individual and business clients to restore health and improve the quality of life by lowering the personal and financial costs associated with lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Also, Gigi is the author of The Plant-Based Workplace and co-author of the children’s book, The Spinach in My Teeth. 

Gigi has over 20 years of experience in business and corporate management with manufacturing and financial services in the areas of operational and process excellence, program and project management, finance, and engineering. After improving her health with lifestyle changes, in 2016, Gigi left her corporate career to go back to school to retool for her new career in health and wellness. 

Gigi holds a BS in economics from John Carroll University, an MBA from Cleveland State University, and an MS in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In her free time, Gigi is board president and team manager of the all-women's bike racing team, Nunchuck Bunnies. In addition, she is a board member of Woman in the Woods Productions, a non-profit that promotes an appreciation and understanding of racial and cultural differences through various forms of artistic expression.   

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