Talent Forum Series: The Power of Language: Mistake-Making & Moving Forward in the Workplace
*Please note: this forum is 90-minutes long.
Join the team from LEAD, an organization committed to empowering employers with no-fluff mental health and DEI training, as they facilitate an engaging session on mistake-making in the workplace, and how to move forward.In this session, participants will be empowered to:
- Practice identifying and correcting their written and verbal communication errors through a HR & DEI lens.
- Learn to acknowledge and apologize for one’s mistakes, biases, and language errors to move forward appropriately, without victimizing themselves or falling victim to "Cancel Culture."
- Adopt cultural humility and avoid optical allyship and tone-deaf messaging to attract and retain diverse talent now and in the future.
- Use Brene Brown's rumble language to model authentic and vulnerable leadership after an apology has been made
Kyrah J. Altman (she/her)
Kyrah J. Altman's story of social entrepreneurship began at nine years old. As a result of growing up in a broken home, she began experiencing severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in middle school. While mental illness followed her throughout adolescence, she channeled her loss of childhood and early adverse experiences into planning local fundraisers to support historically marginalized groups in her community, including children with disabilities, mothers recovering from substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence.
Despite battling mental illness, suicidal ideation, and a loss of childhood throughout adolescence, Kyrah continued channeling her internal struggles by working passionately with seven high school peers to establish a student-led social enterprise called Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do (LEAD). At the time of LEAD’s founding in 2012, Kyrah was already a seasoned, 16-year-old social entrepreneur who had spent years planning community service initiatives and working as a Certified Nurse Assistant with Hospice patients. LEAD's founding was directly catalyzed by the Newtown CT, tragedy, as many of the school shooting's victims were similar ages to Kyrah's younger siblings. Since Kyrah began raising her younger siblings as a pre-teen herself, this horrific tragedy catapulted her and her peers into action.
Despite being displaced from her home at age 17 and surviving an abusive romantic relationship, Kyrah continued to simultaneously direct LEAD and manage her mental health. By her high school graduation, LEAD donated over $10K to its Leominster, Massachusetts community through sustainable social justice initiatives and community service events.
In 2016, and as the only female and freshman social entrepreneur in the George Washington University New Venture Competition, Kyrah won $32,500 of seed funding and incorporated LEAD as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. From her dorm room, Kyrah scaled LEAD into the international mental health literacy organization it is today, dedicating the organization to providing training and curriculum to strengthen mental health literacy, promote lifelong well-being, and build community resilience. Kyrah graduated from the George Washington University in 2019, with a degree in Human Services & Social Justice, Public Health, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. During that time, Kyrah also served as the nation's youngest Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and was honored to represent her home state as the MA Cherry Blossom Princess for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.