Women In Agile (WIA): 11 Ways to Create Inclusive Conversations

Tampa WIA Mission: Thinking globally & acting locally to amplify & empower women In Agile.

6:00 – 6:30 PM Networking and Food

6:30 – 8:00pm Main Event: “11 Ways to Create Inclusive Conversations in the Workplace and Beyond”

At our last Women in Agile (WIA) Meetup, Junko Fukuma discussed how conflicts occur, how to prevent them from escalating, and how to keep conflicts healthy and productive. In this session, we will explore a common source of conflict: situations in which people feel excluded from participation and/or decision-making.

To address this issue, Dr. Patrick Cannon will discuss and facilitate eleven practices for creating inclusive conversations that show awareness of and adapt to group power dynamics. These practices are designed to create a climate where the least confident among us feels safe to speak up.

Speaker bio: Patrick Cannon, PhD, PSPO, PSM
Dr. Patrick Cannon is a health care advocate and consultant who has spent over 20 years applying communication best practices to increase organizational effectiveness, team cohesion, and productivity. Patrick has served multiple roles in private and public sectors, while demonstrating strong, flexible analytical problem solving, research, and project management skills. He has developed strategic plans for national, state, and local organizations, creating partnerships with culturally diverse stakeholders. Patrick is passionately devoted to improving communication and relationships to achieve organizational objectives. He has served on several nonprofit boards and is an organizer for the Heart of Agile Meetup group.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickcannonphd/

Thank you to Chad Hage and Microsoft for providing the location, and to the Eliassen Group for sponsoring the food. We are very grateful.

IMPORTANT! — We take RSVPs seriously! RSVP count for this session is limited to 50 people. If you RSVP to a Meetup, please show up. If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please change your RSVP when you know you can’t make it, even if it’s the same day as the event.

Please review our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/tampa-bay-agile/pages/23916690/Code_of_Conduct/) before joining.


If you’re traveling west on Kennedy BLVD west of Westshore BLVD as you approach Microsoft, make sure to turn left on S. Hoover BLVD (there’s a traffic light). Otherwise, you may inadvertently take the Howard Frankland Bridge to St. Petersburg.

Going south on Hoover BLVD:
Take the first right on Bay Center DR
Near the end of the block is a parking garage on your left
Turn left into the garage

Also, if you’re using Google Maps, the map incorrectly shows the location of Microsoft as being in the parking garage. The Microsoft offices are much nicer (on the 7th floor) and just west of the garage. There is a pin on Google Maps that says, “World Wide Technology.” That’s the place. There is also an outside parking area and a walkway from the covered garage to the office building.

Any unmarked spaces or spaces marked “Microsoft” are open for your parking convenience.