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L&D Must Change


May 15, 2024

It's episode 4 and we're talking all things belonging with researcher Wendy Gates Corbett. She's on a mission to show everyone who wants to make a difference in their work culture how easy and possible it is to do just that, especially when it comes to belonging in the workplace. It turns out, a sense of belonging doesn't stem from big engagement programs and events, but from small (free) actions that anyone can do. As L&D professionals, we are in a unique position to help lead the way for these small actions to ultimately turn the tide on retention and engagement. 

Wendy and I discuss: 

  • The importance of creating a sense of belonging at work
  • Three main components of belonging: connect, respect, and protect
  • How we can simplify (and not overcomplicate) actions that lead to belonging
  • How L&D can lead the way to model and advocate for belonging in the workplace
  • The need for rest and recovery as an important part of belonging
  • One thing you can do today to get started

Wendy Gates Corbett, CPTD, stands at the forefront of Belonging and Leadership, wielding her expertise with a vibrant energy that transforms workplaces and speaking stages alike. Her personal journey as a biracial individual has profoundly influenced her mission to cultivate spaces of unconditional acceptance, a mission that she brings to life as a top-tier organizational culture consultant, global training executive, belonging researcher, and Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Management in all of Duke University’s graduate engineering programs.

Wendy's research, which has touched over 150,000 people worldwide, pinpoints the behaviors that foster a genuine sense of belonging within organizations. Wendy's #1 bestselling book, "The Energy of Belonging: 75 Ideas to Spark Workplace Community," is a continuation of her vital discourse on the subject. Whether consulting in the boardroom, lecturing in the classroom, or captivating an audience on stage, Wendy Gates Corbett is a beacon of progress, hope, and action guiding a path toward a more inclusive, empowered, and thriving future. Her work sparks impactful change, encouraging everyone to claim their space, their voice, and their power to create spaces where belonging thrives.

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