Chapter Dinner - What is MN Nice?

Microaggressions, Implicit Bias and the Damaging Impact on All of Us

Many employers struggle to define or recognize microaggressions in the workplace. If you have never experienced them before or been a witness yourself, microaggressions can be tricky to conceptualize. In this training we will discuss Microaggressions what they are and the impact they have on marginalized individuals. We will also talk about how the idea of Minnesota Nice plays a role in perpetuating these and ways we can truly be kind to one another through the recognition of differences and appreciation of them.


7:00 - 7:15 pm | PMI MN Introductory Remarks and Openings
7:15 - 8:15 pm | Presentation
8:15 - 8:30 pm | Q&A and sign-off

Leela Willard, Shifting Perspectives

Leela is a clinical social worker who uses a cultural-relational approach and narrative practice combined with historical and social context to guide practice in micro and macro level social work practice. Leela believes that healing and growth comes from looking inward to identity as well as reflection on trauma and resiliency, and the impact of all of them. Leela also believes that looking outward to the social norms that have contributed to misguided thinking about who we are, and through the development of healthy authentic relationships we can begin to restore ourselves and the interpersonal interactions we cave with others. Leela is committed to creating and holding the space to help individuals and organizations develop in these areas.

Leela has her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from St Catherine University, and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg College. She has life experience and professional experience in social work, training and education, as well as therapy in areas such as adoption, addiction, childhood trauma, LGBTQ matters, identity, racism and discrimination (and the impact), grief, and child protection. She has had the honor of working within very diverse communities and is committed to the healing and empowerment of communities of color and indigenous peoples as well as the reconciliation with racism and oppression for white body people in order to get to healing.

Leela is currently working as a Resource Developer for Dakota County, a Therapist for Kente Circle, and Adjunct Professor at St Catherine University. She authored the Anti-Oppression Commitment Policy for Dakota County Social Services, is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory), and has worked in many areas of Equity and Inclusion across her career.


PDUs: 1.00
PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership
Event ID: C018220102

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1/17/2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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