Polls, Politics, and People: Fostering Psychological Safety in Intergenerational Workforces

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Date & Time
07.18.2024 9:00am - 10:00am
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Join us for Polls, Politics, and People: Fostering Psychological Safety in Intergenerational Workforcesan enlightening conversation that delves into the complexities of psychological safety within intergenerational workforces. Using the upcoming election as an example, we will explore potential moments of conflict and their implications through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. This webinar will challenge the often narrow and corporate-focused discussions about Generation Z, encouraging a broader and more inclusive dialogue. 

Date: July 18, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am EST
Where: Zoom (Link provided upon registration)

Participants will gain: 

  • A nuanced framework for understanding psychological safety and DEI in the context of a diverse workforce. 

  • Practical tools and concepts to foster a more inclusive and safe work environment for all employees, regardless of age or career stage. 

  • Insightful strategies to navigate and mitigate conflicts arising from generational and ideological differences. 


This webinar is designed for individuals at all stages of their careers, from entry-level employees to seasoned executives. Whether you’re a member of Generation Z, a Baby Boomer, or anywhere in between, you’ll find valuable takeaways to enhance your approach to workplace inclusivity and safety.


Our panel features a diverse group of experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion and intergenerational dynamics, each bringing unique perspectives and insights to the conversation.

Olivier Aries, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Thrive Collective

Olivier is an executive coach and leadership transformation consultant. An expert in the relationship between human behavior and business transformation, he empowers leaders, executive teams, and boards to transcend self-imposed limitations within people and organizations. Olivier Aries is the co-founder of the Thrive Collective, a firm that acts as a growth catalyst to help leaders achieve more with their people. Most recently, he was VP of Professional Services at the Predictive Index, a behavioral analytics firm. Prior to the Predictive Index, he was a principal in the Leadership and Transformation practice of Kearney, a global management consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 500 companies to transform organizations and operations to reduce costs and improve performance. He also built multiple infrastructure practices & operations to scale up Kearney, including standing up Kearney’s knowledge management operations, restructuring the firm’s Board governance, developing and leading the firm’s conflict of interest and data confidentiality governance, and building and overseeing Kearney’s global risk, security and crisis management operations. Olivier is also co-founder of a Pentagon-funded deep tech venture developing autonomous solutions for emergency casualty management on the battlefield. He is the co-author of Line of Sight: Five Keys for Strategic Execution in an Age of Uncertainty, distributed by Simon & Schuster in January 2024. Olivier holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and lives in Boston and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Ciara Gogan, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging, CarGurus

Ciara Gogan is a seasoned leader in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), currently driving initiatives at CarGurus, the most visited automotive shopping site in the U.S. With certifications from eCornell and Harvard Business School in Diversity & Inclusion and Racial Equity respectively, she draws on over two decades of experience as a woman in technology and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community to empower organizations in cultivating inclusive workplaces. Ciara’s impact extends beyond her current role; she has been recognized as a 2024 Mosaic honoree for Mass TLC’s Tech Top 50 Awards and leads DEI Day for Leadership South Shore annually.

Beyond her achievements in DEIB, Ciara is celebrated for her facilitation skills that foster open dialogue and growth. Inspired by her experiences, she transitioned to coaching, empowering individuals facing similar barriers. Her journey from technology to coach and on to DEIB leadership was shaped by her upbringing in Ireland, where being gay was a criminal offense. This personal perspective fuels her commitment to fostering environments where every individual feels valued and respected. As a coach and workshop leader, she has empowered marginalized groups across various industries, and challenged organizations to embrace discomfort and drive meaningful change. Her approach not only addresses systemic barriers but also nurtures genuine understanding and empathy, making her a trusted ally and advocate for inclusivity in every space she influences.

At CarGurus, Ciara has pioneered groundbreaking initiatives, including a company-wide allyship program and resources for gender transition, driving significant increases in workplace inclusivity as affirmed by employee surveys. She is also a writer, with contributions to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and other platforms. Her writing amplifies the voices of marginalized communities and challenges readers to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Eric Nguyen, Director of InclusionBoston, YW Boston

Eric joined YW Boston in January 2023, bringing a deep commitment to racial and gender equity, social justice, and collective liberation to his work. As Director of InclusionBoston, he supports the team in designing and delivering a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to our client organizations.

As a DEI facilitator and consultant, Eric possesses extensive experience with creating and sustaining inclusive cultures, change management, coalition building and stakeholder engagement, data-informed decision-making, cross-functional collaboration, policy review, and strategic planning processes.

Prior to joining YW Boston, Eric served as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence at Framingham State University, where he provided leadership to advance institutional DEI priorities and strategic initiatives pertaining to student recruitment and enrollment, retention, and community engagement in the MetroWest region. Eric’s work within the education and nonprofit sector has also focused on expanding academic opportunities for first-generation, undocumented, and low-income students of color.

In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. He is also an avid photographer, and he enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and gardening with his family. Within his community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Natick Community Organic Farm; he has also served as a member of the town’s Equity Task Force and the Earth Day Planning Committee.

Bukky Olugbemi, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Currently the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Specialist at the Federal Home Loan Bank, Bukky Olugbemi strives to ensure all voices and perspectives are heard and valued. As a woman of color of immigrant descent, she learned early the power of cultural capital and the value it brings when allowed to show up in spaces otherwise inaccessible. From her work in Higher Ed to her current finance career she has experienced firsthand the impact and success possible when diverse voices are welcomed to contribute; The outcomes are unmatched. She’s tapped into privileges within her marginalized identities and created spaces for others, leaving institutions and entities better than she met them.


Samantha Isabel Calero, MPH, Vice President of People and Culture, YW Boston

Samantha Isabel Calero, MPH is Vice President of People and Culture at YW Boston. Sam’s professional roots are grounded in youth work and community organizing, violence prevention and intervention, public health, strategy and facilitation. She brings over 15 years of experience to this role.  

Prior to joining YW Boston, Sam served as the Equity Solutions Strategist for Technical Delivery at Abt Associates. There she worked with federal, state, and local clients across the United States and Puerto Rico on the social determinants of health to integrate equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility best practices throughout project lifecycles. Before Abt, she led her own consulting practice with government and nonprofit clients across Massachusetts, focused on change management and organizational development to advance racial and gender equity and trauma-informed systems of care.  

Earlier in her career, Sam served as a cofounder of the Violence Prevention and Recovery Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received bachelor’s degree in Social Justice Advocacy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MPH in Health Policy from Harvard University. She is a member of Mijente and lectures at Clark University on Community Needs and Resources Assessment for the graduate program in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment. 

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