- Teach techniques for communicating with others.
- Learn how to understand each other.
- Celebrate the rich experience that comes from diversity and inclusion.
- Trust level among colleagues increase, thereby contributing to overall productivity
- Decision-making from a place of cultural and ability awareness
- Improve work culture
- More open-minded to other people and/or ideas
“I thought Candidly Speaking was a real gem of an event, since it is not often that I find the opportunity to have an open, honest conversation with a person from a completely different background. It is a rare skill, but you do an amazing job at creating a safe space where people feel that freedom to share their experiences on difficult topics with a group of people who may have never seen it from their point of view before. I think that as our society has become more digitalized and specialized in their fields, it has become easier to simply surround yourself with people who have such a similar background that it seems impossible that anyone could ever view it differently. Candidly Speaking felt like that mixing pot that we have lost in this society where we could dive into uncomfortable topics with the intent of understanding someone else's journey. It also helps me ask different questions of my patients now that I’m beginning to understand more cultures.” – Dr. Joshua Wong
Candidly Speaking conversations has been a wake-up call to me. I’ve wanted to have deeper conversations and found that Candidly Speaking provided an opportunity to talk to people different than me in background, life experiences and I am a better human as a result of attending these events over the past three years. I have volunteered at my place of employment for a similar opportunity of candid conversations and my previous experience (Candidly Speaking) has improved my communications with colleagues in other countries.” – Lisa Skrzynecki, Chemist
“Candidly Speaking is interesting for many reasons but, I really like hearing about other people’s lives and how they were brought up and what they were taught to believe.” – Cathleen Trowbridge, Forensic Scientist