CultureCon 2021


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Kevin Carter

Principal Strategist, Innovation and Technology at The Winters Group, Inc.

"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.



Kevin A. Carter (Pronouns: He | Him | His) is a principal strategist for The Winters Group, Inc. His specialty is diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) strategy development, knowledge transfer, and coaching. He helps companies address Diversity & Inclusion challenges and opportunities such as changing demographics, attracting and retaining top talent, next-generation leadership development, and workplace collaboration. He focuses on delivering relevant knowledge, customized strategies, and measurable results.

Kevin has more than 25 years of experience as a diversity leader for companies such as Safeco Insurance, BP, and Campbell Soup. He is a licensed administrator of The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), LIFO® (Life Orientation) and InnerAlly® assessments.

Kevin holds a BA, Cum Laude in Philosophy and Public Affairs from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. He was one of Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Executives Under 50 and Crain’s Cleveland 40 under 40 Club. He has received fellowships from the German Marshall Memorial Fund and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is a recipient of the NBMBAA H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award of Excellence.

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