Vibrant Pittsburgh offers private, customized trainings to bring DEI concepts directly into your organization’s unique culture in practical and actionable ways. Private trainings can be in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual, meeting a variety of organizational needs. Connect with Allegra Elson, Director of Training and Development, to discuss your training needs.

Topics for private trainings include, but are not limited to:

Most CEOs believe that a company’s financial performance is tied to empathy in the workplace, and majorities in all demographics of employees responded that empathy motivates workers and increases productivity. There is a clear connection between empathy and robust performance.  

In this training, participants will: 

  • discuss the benefits of creating a psychologically safe work environment; 
  • learn the key ingredients to creating empathy in the workplace: commitment, trust, and skill; and 
  • understand their role in creating an inclusive workplace for all. 

People want to be fair towards others, but our unconscious minds might sometimes get in the way. By bringing awareness to our unconscious minds, we can make decisions and take actions that are more aligned with our declared beliefs.  

“Our brains sometimes take cognitive shortcuts that can lead to unconscious or implicit bias, with serious consequences for how we perceive and act toward other people.” Short Wave, Understanding Unconscious Bias – NPR 

In this training, participants will: 

  • learn what implicit and unconscious biases are; 
  • discuss why it is important to understand implicit bias; and 
  • review examples of implicit biases and ways to mitigate their effects in the workplace.


Inclusive leaders commit to ensuring all team members are treated equitably, feel a sense of belonging and have the resources and support they need. Creating feelings of belonging for all employees is one of the best things you can do to improve employee engagement, performance, and help support institutional goals. Without an inclusive company culture, recruiting a diverse workforce could lead to a revolving door of candidates and employees. 

In this training participants will:  

  • have a better understanding of the key features of inclusive workplaces;  
  • learn about how to increase workplace fairness and respect;  
  • understand the conditions that to bring all members of the team closer to feelings of belonging, thus creating the conditions that build confidence and enable innovation. 

Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion–these are the key ingredients to belonging. Feelings of belonging drive innovation, recruitment, and retention, and creating this feeling can improve both employee engagement and performance. This training gives an overview of the factors that contribute to the feelings of belonging and provides insight on how to foster a supportive, inclusive environment in the workplace. 

In this training participants will:  

  • discuss the main factors that make employees feel like they belong; 
  • review key components to help foster a sense of belonging; and
  • learn the benefits of creating a supportive work environment. 


Decades of research by organizational scientists, sociologists, economists, and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, for example) are more innovative than homogeneous groups. However, simply having a diverse workforce does not always guarantee an inclusive workplace. Strategies to support a diverse talent pool are needed at every stage of the hiring process. 

In this training participants will: 

  • learn the importance of attracting a diverse talent pool; 
  • discuss the benefits of mitigating bias in the hiring process; 
  • consider immediate strategies and tactics for more equitable hiring and talent attraction; and 
  • explore long-term goals and objectives for diversifying talent streams.  

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