Everybody should be seen, heard and acknowledged at the workplace. However, how do we
accomplish this when we don’t know how to elevate ourselves at work? BIPOC understand that
being able to communicate effectively in the workplace leads to potential advancement,
enhanced productivity, optimal performance and employee engagement. In fact, allies,
advocates, and accomplices of BIPOC also know how important representation at all levels
within an organization truly is.
Successful organizations understand managing diversity drives profitability, leads to innovation
and promotes an inspiring workplace culture.

Key takeaways

  • Individualistic and collective cultures: How values change the way we communicate
  • Cultural differences in communication: Indirect vs. direct speaking styles
  • Effective day-to-day communication when English is a second language
  • Non-verbal communication: Why the “unspoken” word is the most important of all
  • Why networking in Canada feels ‘foreign’ and strategies to ensure it’s more effective
  • Practical and tactical strategies to empower BIPOC team members to become more visible at work
  • Why diversity, equity and inclusion should matter to the sustainability of any organization
  • Why global companies lose millions in revenue due to a lack of understanding of cultural differences

Tina Varugese

Professional Speaker

Named one of Canada’s Top 10 Notable Speakers by Ignite Magazine, Tina cleverly tackles hot
button topics, like diversity and inclusion, in today’s racially complex climate. By carefully
weaving personal stories with touching humour, she disarms attendees as she breaks down
barriers to foster an inclusive and uplifting space leaving attendees inspired to think, behave,
act and communicate with positive intention and purpose.
Tina’s work has been featured in the Toronto Star, TSN, CBC Eyeopener, Adrenaline Magazine,
Alberta Venture Magazine and U of S Alumni Magazine. She is the President of the Canadian
Association of Professional Speakers (Calgary). Tina has been the face of diversity, literally,
when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in
diversity. Tina resides in Calgary, AB with her husband and two children.