CREW: Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace

Thursday, September 16th, 2021, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm


Looking to advance racial equity within your workplace but not sure where to start? It starts with listening. Join Jess & Megan of TorranceLearning for a candid conversation surrounding their personal journeys related to race and the workplace and leave a renewed ability to identify and respond to racialized workplace barriers.

This workshop, contextualized through Jess & Megan's story, will provide a sneak peek of the TorranceLearning curriculum CREW: Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace, which supports better team collaboration and the full participation of all employees.

Learn more about the experience of one queer woman of color navigating an environment in which she is vastly underrepresented and the restorative responses implemented by Megan Torrance CEO of TorranceLearning to more intentionally advance equity.

Workshop Participants will learn how to:

1. How to use terminology around equity and justice appropriately.
2. Why your own identities create access or barriers in life and in your career.
3. How cycles of socialization can either contribute to increased racism or can be used to dismantle structures that perpetuate inequality.
4. How to model & leverage racial equity in the workplace.


WXW September Event Jessica Jackson Headshot
WXW September Event Megan Headshot
Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson (Jess)  has worked within a myriad of educational contexts addressing access, retention, and success of diverse students. A commitment to advancing  diversity, equity, and inclusion is the foundation of all of her work, and she has been recognized at the international level for her advocacy and strategic program development. Her expertise in strategic planning, data and assessment,  and program development coupled with her dynamic facilitation and training skills, have enabled her to create sustainable impact within large education-focused organizations.

Augmenting her work in education, Jess is serving as a project manager and instructional designer with TorranceLearning. Within this role she has helped to develop TorranceLearning’s curriculum Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace (CREW) a holistic training program that addresses barriers to equity in the workplace using research-based best practices from social psychology research. Jess also hosts the xAPI Cohort and facilitates community and workforce development through a free online learning  experience.

Megan Torrance

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, offering professional development programs in instructional design, learning analytics and Agile methods.

Megan is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers (2019), The Quick Guide to LLAMA (2012), and two ATD TD at Work publications: Agile and LLAMA® for ISD Project Management (2014) and Making Sense of xAPI (2017). She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide. TorranceLearning is on the 2018 list of Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. In 2019, the Learning Guild named Megan as a Guild Master for her contributions to professional development in the workplace L&D industry.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication and an MBA, and an eCornell Facilitator in the Women's Executive Leadership curriculum, Megan thrives on an environment full of collaboration, learning and coffee.


11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Check-in and networking
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  Speaker
1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Wrap-up and close