Larry P. Thomas

Larry P. Thomas

Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer | Sandia National Laboratories

Larry P. Thomas is Chief Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Officer at Sandia National Laboratories. Sought-after for his award-winning record of leadership and management, Larry is principal of LPT Strategies, a management consulting and performance coaching firm that helps clients navigate challenges, pursue opportunities, and improve the way they live and work.

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Saturday June 17, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Collegiate 100® Workshop & Luncheon: Culture Shock: How Young, Black Professionals Can Learn to Thrive in the Corporate Environment

Palace I

Overview: Black neighborhoods, colleges, and churches all offer a safe hub for Black people in the community to exist without the threat of racialized oppression. The transition from a space that embraces “Black culture” to a “Euro-centric” work environment that suppresses it can be a stressful experience. Many African American students, particularly those graduating from HBCUs, experience culture shock when they face micro-aggression, implicit bias, and inequities in performance expectations, compensation, and access to support networks and resources. For many, the threat of being a misfit leads to depression, Black-excellence fatigue, and burnout. This workshop will offer practical ways to navigate and succeed (without losing yourself) as organizations work toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Sponsored by the Collegiate 100 Program Partners:
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