CANCELLED – Leveraging the Power of Diverse Teams

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with Margo Hittleman
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes light refreshments

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Often, people put together diverse teams, but then work in ways that fail to reap the benefits. This highly interactive workshop offers a framework and practical tools for leveraging the power of diverse teams, optimizing innovation, and strengthening organizational decision-making. It invites participants to become intentional and strategic about this work. It is designed both for those who lead diverse teams and those who want to build their capacity to do so in the future. The
content is applicable both in organizational and community contexts.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the power of diversity as it relates to creativity and innovation
  • Gain tools to promote an inclusive group process that invites diverse and divergent perspectives, experiences and ideas
  • Cultivate the art of “asking” vs. “telling”
  • Learn to invite innovation-generating, constructive conflict while reducing the traps of relationship conflict, false harmony, polarization, and the pull toward conformity
  • Shift your focus from “good intentions” to “intended results”
About the Presenter:

Margo Hittleman is Co-founder and Coordinator of the Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) and Resource Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. She is passionate about helping people and organizations strengthen their capacities to collectively build strong, inclusive, sustainable communities. This goal has guided her work with non-profit, public, educational and business organizations for nearly four decades.

Margo has also taught at Cornell University and was the recipient of three teaching awards there. She has designed and led numerous educational and professional development workshops and curricula on leadership; staff and organizational development; diversity and inclusion; human rights; social and organizational change; effective partnerships and alliancebuilding, participatory action research; and evaluation. She is a former Cornell Civic Leaders Fellow and is also a Senior Fellow with the Dorothy Cotton Institute.

Margo has written several professional development books and publications, including Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time (Doubleday, 2002), and Counting Caring: Attending to the Human in an Age of Public Management (Cornell Cooperative Extensions, 2007).

Registration and Payment

Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607.273.8686 or

Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed
sessions. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the
cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you
plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To
request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.


Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg
Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs

Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.
For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

Parking and Directions

The Coalition is a United Way agency

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