Jenny Dearborn, Malcom Glenn, Alisa Cohn, and Dr. Brian Emerson

Navigate Political Conversations at Work

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 1-2PM PT

Class Details

Join our top panel of business leaders and conflict resolution experts as we explore how to navigate political conversations at work during a charged election year. As leaders, how can we honor employees’ freedom of expression while also upholding values like civility and mutual respect? When political conflict does arise, how do we transform conflict into deeper understanding and connection on our teams?

Together, we’ll explore how diverse organizations have successfully navigated political discourse and activism within their cultures, and lessons learned from our panelists' own lived experiences. You will leave with powerful practices to defuse tension, bridge differences and cultivate greater compassion.

What We'll Cover

  • How to craft policies around political discourse and activism that align to your internal culture
  • Powerful ways to bridge differences and navigate charged issues at work with compassion
  • Simple practices to defuse conflict and build mutual understanding

As part of our live discussion, you will have an opportunity to ask our panelists your top questions and receive insights on personal and professional challenges you are facing at work.

About Our Speakers

Navigate Political Conversations at Work

Jenny Dearborn


Recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech for five consecutive years, Jenny Dearborn is a thought leader in HR, HCM, the Future of Work, and data analytics. She is the Chief People Officer at Klaviyo, and the Founder of Actionable Analytics Group, an advisory firm that supports Human Capital Management and Education Tech startups from Seed to IPO. Her first book, Data Driven, was selected as one of the top 10 for “What Corporate America is Reading” out of 11,000 business books published that year. Her next book, The Data Driven Leader, was published in November 2017. She is a regular contributor to USA Today, Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company.

Navigate Political Conversations at Work

Malcom Glenn


Malcom Glenn is the Director of Public Affairs at, a platform focused on making homeownership easier and more accessible. He’s also a Senior Fellow at The Center for Workforce Inclusion and a Fellow for the Future of Property Rights program at New America. He was previously the Head of Global Policy for Accessibility and Underserved Communities at Uber Technologies, where he led Uber’s efforts to make the platform more accessible for historically marginalized groups. Prior to joining Uber, Malcom was an executive communications manager at Google, where he developed strategic communications for two of Google’s chief financial officers and their leadership teams. Malcom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College, where he was the president of The Harvard Crimson.

Navigate Political Conversations at Work

Alisa Cohn


Alisa Cohn is an executive coach who works with senior executives and high potential leaders to help them create positive permanent shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve. She was named the #1 Startup Coach in the world at the 2019 Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards in London, and also named one of the Top 30 Global Gurus for Startups of 2020.She also works with executive teams to help them be stronger as a team, have the right conversations and take the right actions to move forward faster. Prior to becoming a coach, Alisa, a CPA, was the CFO of Clairvergent Technology Group, a Vice President at two high-tech start-ups, and a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Monitor Group.

Navigate Political Conversations at Work

Dr. Brian Emerson


Dr. Brian Emerson is the Founder and Principal of Riverstone, where he integrates knowledge of both business and human-development to design and deliver innovative interventions for his clients. Brian has partnered with clients of various sizes across diverse industries including: healthcare, biotech, airline, financial services, legal, broadcasting, management consulting, and nonprofits. In addition to consulting and coaching, he teaches about leveraging paradoxical tensions in leadership and organizations as part of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and as co-director of Georgetown University’s Certificate of Polarities and Paradox in the Institute for Transformational Leadership. Brian is the author of A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best Out of Your Employees and the first book of the Navigating Polarities series, for which he also serves as lead of the editorial team.

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