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Galvanize SF: Leveraging Diversity for Psychological Safety

August 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Leveraging Diversity for Psychological Safety


There is tremendous pressure on tech companies in Silicon Valley create more diversity and inclusion in their companies.  Start-up companies are uniquely situated to address diversity, because it is astronomically easier to set a precedent of hiring for diversity and creating an inclusive culture from the get-go.

Now, diversity is not just an end in itself — it is also a means towards better performance, because it can be leveraged to generate psychological safety. Psychological safety is the key ingredient in high performing teams, a conclusion reached by Google’s recent analysis of its own teams.

Psychological safety is present when members of a team or group believe that they will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.Google’s research found that psychological safety is key (maybe the key) to rapid learning and high performance, particularly for people working in fields that are rapidly changing, uncertain, and ambiguous. (hello, start-up world)

This workshop will be a guided facilitation session, which will be highly experiential, very practical, enlivened, fun, and meaningful experience on how to generate psychological safety for rapid learning and team performance. We will practice generating psychological safety by exploring the dynamics between men and women in the workplace.


You Will Practice:

  • Generating psychological safety.
  • Listening and responding spontaneously.
  • Working with power dynamics.
  • Creative interpersonal risk taking.
  • Mindful awareness.


Target Audience

  • Start-up founders and teams that need to maintain their performance in the face of high stakes and expectations.
  • Start-ups with a commitment to ensure diversity and inclusion from the very beginning.
  • Those working in the field of diversity and inclusion and team performance.
  • Those responsible for company culture and talent retention.
  • Those in organizational learning and development
  • Anyone responsible for diversity and creating and inclusion and innovative culture.


Workshop Schedule:

  • Introduction (15 m)
  • Experiential Exercise (45-60 m)
  • Integrating Learnings (20 m)
  • Take-aways and Concluding Remarks (15 m)


Meet Your Instructor:

Gabriel Wilson is a talented facilitator and educator skilled at working with difficult issues, inter-personal dynmaics, and team performance — whose interpersonal wisdom is matched only by his integrity and open-heartedness. As a lecturer at Stanford University, he teaches and facilitates a personal development course, Designing Your Life, that applies design thinking to personal and vocational development. A Certified Integral Facilitator, Gabriel is the Director of the Integral Diversity Initiative, a think-practice tank exploring the application of integral theory and facilitation to the territory of diversity and inclusion. He grew up in the U.S. and Brazil and is currently based in the Bay Area.

“One of the things that I appreciate most about Gabriel’s work is the level of commitment and care he brings to each and every one of us.  He simply shows up in a way that invites transformation and growth.  He makes difficult conversations workable with a dynamic balance of challenge and support.”

— Jamie O’Keeffe, PhD

Teaching Fellow at Stanford University




August 30, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Galvanize SF – Speakeasy (Lower Level)
44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 US