August 24 Chapter Meeting

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Robots are Coming:
What's Inclusion Got to Do with It?

Tatyana Fertelmeyster, MA, LCPC

Ms. Tatyana Fertelmeyster is a founder and principal of Connecting Differences, LLC, a consulting company that provides Leadership and Team Effectiveness consulting, training, and coaching for corporate clients, academic and governmental institutions, mental health and employee assistance services, and non-profit organizations. Tatyana brings to her work deep awareness of cultural aspects of human interactions and her unique technique of Spontaneous Facilitation, which allows her to be fully present for intricate details of any situation she works with. Being a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor supports her From Inside Out and From Insight to Outcome approach to work. Tatyana provides coaching and mentoring for Intercultural and Diversity professionals as well as Mental Health professionals with special concentration on developing their Effectiveness and Resilience. She also coaches high potential professionals in personal, cultural, and work related transitions.

Program Description: 

Robots are coming. Some people are super excited about it. Some are super anxious. Others are not paying attention, at least not yet.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute's recent report Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation - “As machines perform a wider range and variety of tasks, individuals will need to put more focus on developing the skills that humans excel at. The activities in nearly all occupations will change, with more time spent on those activities that require social and emotional skills, team work and collaboration, creativity, and higher levels of communication and logical reasoning”.

What’s inclusion got to do with it? Our workplaces are becoming increasingly diverse. While diversity is simply a fact of life, inclusion is a behavioral choice. Learning how to be intentionally inclusive is not just about making it easier for somebody else to work with you. It is about developing and strengthening the set of skills humans need not be replaced by robots. Also, people who are more open to embracing differences with curiosity are usually more agile when it comes to changes and transitions.

This session will concentrate on what is ahead for EAP professionals if we don’t want to be replaced by robots.


1.       (Re)define tolerance, diversity, and inclusion

2.       Appraise inclusion as a set of practical skills

3.       Integrate well-being with inclusion in their EAP practice

8:30-9:00 am:        Networking
9:00-9:45 am:        Business Meeting
9:45-10:00 am:      15 Minute Break
10:00-12:00 pm:    Program
12:15 pm:              Optional Networking Lunch

**CEU Certificates given out upon completion of the program**

Location Host & Food Sponsor: 

Location: Adler University17 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602

Parking Information - Parking is available at the Randolph and Wabash parking garage (The Macy's garage). If you park at this location, you can get a validation sticker on the 15th floor information desk at Adler, which is good for $17.00 parking.

Networking Lunch -  The Berghoff Restaurant | 17 W. Adams St., Chicago
**Networking Lunch is optional and each attendee is responsible for their own meal.

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