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Microaggression and its Dimensions: Tools for moving from microaggression to microaffirmation

October 20, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

$10.00 – $32.50


Topic: Microaggression and its Dimensions: Tools for moving from microaggression to microaffirmation

Speakers: Dr. Heather Backstrom, PCC / Sunni Smith, PCC

CCEs: 1.0 Core Competencies / 0.5 Resource Development

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom.us / Your link to join the conference will be sent after you register. Remember to login before registering for the event.




This Special DEI Event is a journey in which you will gain insight on moving from microaggressions to microaffirmations. In this interactive session, we will explore the dimensions of microaggressions, including the intent and impact associated with them. We will also explore appropriate ways to respond, including microaffirmations. Our journey from microaggressions to microaffirmations is aimed to evoke your awareness, enhance your coaching mindset, and cultivate trust and safety.

Takeaways from the Event:

  • Learn the history of microaggression and how to identify them
  • Increase understanding of intent versus impact and perception versus “lived experience.”
  • Recognize microaggressions and coach toward inclusionary attitudes and behaviors.
  • Understand and navigate toward microaffirmations.


About Dr. Heather Backstrom, PCC

Dr. Heather Backstrom has more than 20 years of experience in organization and leadership development including executive coaching, workshop facilitation and team enrichment. With a passion for learning she is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Redlands. She loves to learn and have fun at the same time so she incorporates proven principles from improv into her work. She has trained at The Second City, iO West and UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade). Dr. Backstrom has a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. She is also a certified coach through the International Coach Federation.




About Sunni Smith, PCC

Sunni is an executive, leadership and business coach specializing in working with clients who are in C-suite roles, those who are creative and who are developing a public persona. She provides transformational executive coaching and consulting around organizational imperatives such as: leadership development; change management; Conversational Intelligence; Team Advantage; ethics; and cultural competency including bias, equity and inclusion principles. Her client list is both domestic and international in scope. She is an adjunct coach and facilitator with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) while functioning as an affiliate coach with Executive Coaching Connections (ECC), Mindful Leadership, and Leading Edge. Sunni holds a Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) with the ICF (International Coach Federation), a certification in Individual as well as Group Coaching Supervision, having earned a Global European Mentoring Coaching and Supervision Quality Award (EMCC). Her 2022 favorite quote comes from artist Robert Irwin, “Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.”





October 20, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10.00 – $32.50
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