Did you know that employees who have a high sense of belonging are 10 times more likely to be satisfied with their jobs? In this keynote workshop, Dr. Elisa Glick of Elisa Glick Consulting will show how fostering a culture of belonging is the key to increasing job satisfaction, job performance, and an individual’s desire to stay with their employer. While employees leave for various reasons, the “Great Resignation” has revealed that a lack of belonging is one of the top drivers of high quit rates. Cultivating a sense of connection and belonging is especially crucial for individuals from historically excluded groups, who often report feeling undervalued, exhausted, and unsafe from having to navigate unwelcoming environments at work. This presentation will discuss: the important role of belonging in the workplace, the benefits of belonging to boost retention, and actionable steps for creating a culture where people want to stay. You will leave with valuable insights, real-world advice, and practical tips and takeaways to implement in your own organization.
Dr. Elisa Glick (she/her) is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant, researcher, and award-winning educator with over 20 years experience in higher education. As the Founder and President of Elisa Glick Consulting, she works with leaders to create empowering, collaborative, and inclusive environments so that all employees can thrive. Elisa is Associate Professor Emerita of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri, where she founded the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching. Throughout her career, she has received awards for her teaching, DEI initiatives, and exemplary leadership. She is one of the first openly gay faculty members to be tenured at the University of Missouri. As someone who has experienced both the advantages of privilege and the challenges of bias, she is passionate about building cultures that fully welcome and value diverse talent. Dr. Glick holds a PhD in English from Brown University.