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Celebrating 10 Years of Diversity and Inclusion: An Inspiring Conversation with Anne-Marie Pham

Diversity and inclusion have become essential pillars for building stronger communities and fostering harmonious workplaces. It's with immense pleasure that we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) in the company of their exceptional CEO, Anne-Marie Pham. Recently, on the captivating 'I Need To F***ing Talk To You' podcast Ken and I had the honour of delving into Anne-Marie's remarkable journey and her invaluable insights on promoting understanding, empathy, and inclusivity.

A Champion of Diversity and Inclusion: Anne-Marie Pham's Journey

Anne-Marie Pham's passion for creating positive change through diversity and inclusion has been evident throughout her illustrious career. With over 25 years of experience, she has served as a diversity and inclusion lead for Spectra Energy and the City of Calgary. Additionally, she has contributed significantly as a trainer and facilitator for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

In recognition of her outstanding community service, Anne-Marie was bestowed with the prestigious Queen's Diamond Jubilee award in 2013. Her commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive society has extended beyond her role as CEO of CCDI; she is also an esteemed member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the City of Calgary's Anti-Racism Action Committee since October 2020.

Insights and Practical Tips for Embracing Diversity: The D.I.N. Model

During the enlightening podcast episode, Anne-Marie Pham shared valuable insights and practical tips that have proven instrumental in promoting understanding and empathy. One highlight was her unique D.I.N. model, which stands for:




This model emphasizes the importance of open and constructive dialogue, empowering individuals to describe their experiences, interpret their impact, and collectively navigate a path towards a more inclusive environment.

Depolarizing Discussions on Sensitive Topics and Promoting Healthy Dialogue

One of the key challenges in fostering an inclusive workplace and society is navigating discussions on sensitive topics. Anne-Marie offered invaluable strategies to depolarize such discussions, creating an environment where healthy dialogue can flourish. By embracing diversity in thought and perspectives, organizations can harness the collective intelligence of their workforce, leading to more innovative and inclusive outcomes.

The CCDI Legacy: Building Bridges and Embracing Diversity

As CCDI celebrates its 10-year milestone, we commend the organization for its tireless efforts in championing diversity and inclusion in Canada and beyond. Through their website, podcast "Leader Talk," and various initiatives, CCDI continues to provide invaluable resources and support to organizations striving to create more inclusive workplaces.

Learn More

To learn more about fostering diversity and inclusion, I highly recommend exploring Seth Godin's blog on "Avoiding False Proxies" and checking out CCDI's website and the inspiring podcast "Leader Talk." By engaging with these resources, we can all contribute to building a more inclusive and understanding society.

  • Seth Godin’s blog Avoid false proxies

  • CCDI Website

  • CCDI Podcast Leader Talk

  • LinkedIn

In Conclusion

As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of CCDI, let's be inspired by Anne-Marie Pham's remarkable journey and commitment to creating a better world for everyone. Embracing diversity is not just a noble goal; it's a powerful catalyst for positive change and growth in our communities and organizations.

Let's all be proactive in promoting empathy, understanding, and inclusivity in our workplaces and beyond. Together, we can build bridges and foster environments where everyone's unique contributions are celebrated and valued.

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Sometimes difficult conversations suck, but you need to have them. Sometimes you may even need to have them with yourself. On this podcast we have thought provoking conversations with business leaders from across North America and discuss ideas that can help you be an even better leader and not simply a ‘boss’.

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