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Supervising Across Differences will equip supervisors and managers of all levels with the tools to supervise across differences (e.g. age, race, ability, class, education, etc.). Participants will explore identity, and how it relates to power and privilege, and will learn how to apply these insights to supervision. Tools include active listening, power-sharing, and decision making. We will also discuss how racism and other “isms” can get in the way of being supportive and effective supervisors. Case studies and personal experiences will be used to explore the multitude of differences in the workplace and common challenges faced in supervising across difference.


  1. Monday, October 3rd, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  EST
  2. Thursday, October 6th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  EST
  3. Friday, October 7th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  EST


  • Dimensions of diversity and the identities we hold in the workplace
  • What makes a good supervisor?
  • Four leadership styles: what they are and when to use them
  • Challenging supervision across difference case studies
  • Skills Practice: Active listening
  • Where does white supremacy culture/power and privilege show up in the workplace and what are its antidotes?
  • Addressing employee performance problems


Lisa Aslan
Director of The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action (HRIA)

Lisa Aslan, MPH, is a non-profit professional with over 15 years of experience managing teams and facilitating workshops. Lisa has been at the forefront of creating and identifying policies and practices to achieve racial equity at the LEAH Project, where she was the director for nearly a decade, and within her organization. She served as the co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, served as a facilitator of Racial Justice Affinity Groups, and has facilitated numerous workshops for a variety of audiences on the topics of management and supervision, youth development, and racial equity.

Laurie Jo Wallace
Director of Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRIA)

Ms. Wallace has spent the last 30 years promoting healthy communities and healthy youth in Boston. She has special expertise in the areas of training and facilitation, and she has provided consulting and support to numerous programs, coalitions, and public health and other nonprofit agencies in the Boston region, Massachusetts and nationally. She has facilitated strategic planning and organizational development initiatives for a variety of nonprofit agencies, local and state-wide collaborations and community groups. Ms. Wallace has considerable expertise in the field of youth development, community engagement, management and supervision, and issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.