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Join Diversity Initiatives for a Webinar on Jan. 30

Join the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI)  as we host the NEPDEC WEBINAR “Incivility and Political Dysfunction: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do,” presented by Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer.  The webinar is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in UCOM 210. Please RSVP to Erica Acosta (erica.acosta@wilkes.edu). If you choose to watch from your desk, feel free to contact Erica Acosta for access information.

About the Webinar

“Incivility and Political Dysfunction: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do” explores the causes of incivility and political dysfunction, the impact of the 2016 Presidential election, and what we can do now. How did we get to this point where incivility and political dysfunction have become the social norm? How did the 2016 Presidential election change the conversation and the tone? What can Americans do to help move the country forward? How can we listen and talk to “the other side?" This webinar will explore these key questions and provide participants with a mechanism to help shape our country’s future.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer is Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). NICD works to move the needle on incivility and political dysfunction in order to strengthen our democratic traditions. As a leader in the field of deliberative democracy, she works to restore our democracy to reflect the intended vision of our founders.

Carolyn previously served as Founder and President of AmericaSpeaks and has made her mark as an innovator in deliberative democracy, public administration and organizational development. Concerns about the deep partisan divide in Washington and the growing disconnection between citizens and government across the country led Carolyn to launch AmericaSpeaks in 1995. Her goal was to develop new democratic practices that would strengthen citizen voice in public decision-making.

Under Carolyn’s leadership, AmericaSpeaks has earned a national reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal. She and AmericaSpeaks have won a number of awards, including two from the International Association for Public Participation (2001 and 2003), the Organizational Development Network’s Sharing the Wealth Award (2006), the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for best practices, a Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Managers Association for Outstanding Leadership (1994) and a Best Practice Award from the National Training Laboratories Institute in 1993.

Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from November 1993 through June 1994. In this capacity she ensured that systematic thinking was part of the White House’s work on internal management issues and on government-wide reform. She also served as the Deputy Project Director for Management of the National Performance Review (NPR), Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government task force. From 1986 to 1991, Carolyn served as Chief of Staff to Governor Richard F. Celeste of Ohio. She was both the first woman to serve in this capacity and, at the time of her appointment, the only Chief of Staff recruited from the professional management field.

Carolyn also led her own successful organizational development and management consulting firm for 14 years. In this capacity, she worked with public and private sector organizations on four continents.

Carolyn earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and completed postgraduate training at the internationally-known Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is affiliated with the American Management Association, National Training Laboratories, Organization Development Network and the Organization and Management Division of the American Psychological Association.