Spicy Hotline: Is it Safe to be Different?

Learning more about where our society falls on the Diversity Competency Spectrum, and how to develop the skills for global interactions. 


Spicy Hotline: Is it Safe to be Different?

Who are we? Jalapeño Employee Engagement helps you grow your people to grow your business. Our unique combination of technology and psychology experts work closely with you and your team to achieve desired results effectively and efficiently.



Clarrus Consulting Group, Jalapeno Employee Engagement and YWCA Metro Vancouver are joining forces to understand where our society falls on the Diversity Competency Spectrum, and how we can help individuals develop the skills essential for global interaction! Come join us.

“I shared my opinion in the meeting, and then left the meeting with a burden of embarrassment, rejection and judgment from the team. To be safe, I will stay quiet in future meetings”

Have you ever faced the same scenario in your career? Do you feel safe to have a voice in your organization? To be who you are? To contribute?

As every individual is unique, we all respond differently to this pain. Some become aggressive , some become silent, some try to spark change, and some are left wondering if they should speak up at all. #ToSayOrNotToSay.

The importance of diversity and inclusion in your workplace goes beyond legal and moral obligations. Companies that are effectively cultivating diversity and inclusion within their workforce are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors.

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is a strategic organizational priority and a strong factor in business success. BUT in order to achieve this priority, you need to FIRST assess the awareness level of your organization.



We are providing a platform for our community to come together with their top Diversity & Inclusion challenges in their current work experience and consult with Experts on how to navigate them!

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Understand what Diversity & Inclusion mean and why is it so difficult to achieve
  2. Understand where we fall on Diversity Competency Spectrum.
  3. Understand How our own perceptual and psychological processes impact the way we interact with individuals who are demographically and intellectually different from us
  4. Gain insights on what the right steps are to take towards leveraging diversity for higher performance and engagement in your team
  5. Gain insights on why is it that more people than ever have the communication channels to speak out, but they feel conflicted about doing so? #ToSayOrNotToSay

You can attend our virtual event to contribute directly to the analysis and/or gain insight from the interactive discussion :) Everyone is encouraged to share their diverse experience!



  • Business Owner
  • HR Lead
  • HR Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Team Lead
  • Learner
  • Team Player

You can also attend anonymously!

Remember to use the hashtags below to spread the Jalapeño love!

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5:00 pm - 5:05 pm: Introduction.

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm: Diversity Competency Spectrum: What Does the Data Tell Us? by Jalapeno

5:15 pm - 5:35 pm: Diversity and Inclusion in Job Search: Stories of Immigrant Women in the YWCA Elevate Skills Program

5:35 pm - 6:05 pm: Taking Steps to Inclusively Engage Across Cultures by Jim Brosseau

6:05 pm - 6:25 pm: Discussion with the audience

6:25 pm - 6:30 pm: Jalapeño will provide Thank You gifts (marking the end of the session)



Jim Brosseau (Diversity & Inclusion Training Consultant): Jim has been working with teams for almost 3 decades and is passionate about educating people about the role that relationships and interpersonal friction have in the success or failure of projects. Today he leads a team of 12 facilitators delivering project management and leadership workshops that embody this philosophy of focusing primarily on team relationships to over 2000 people each year. Jim has volunteered with the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, and he has worked in support of homeless communities in Burnaby. He has published two books, numerous technical articles, and has presented at major conferences and many local professional associations.Tasneem Damji (Program Manager for the YWCA Elevate Skills Program): Tasneem is passionate about empowering women of diverse backgrounds to pursue their career goals and disrupt the systemic barriers they experience in finding meaningful careers. With over 20 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions in diverse settings in Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bolivia, Tajikistan, and Canada, Tasneem inspires marginalized groups to improve the quality of their lives by stepping out of their comfort zones and challenging the status quo. Tasneem holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a graduate degree in Public Health and a certificate in Intercultural Studies. She identifies herself as a visible minority who has struggled with her own identity in the Canadian context and is a proud mom of two multiracial childrenRan Kang (Career Advisor and Facilitator for the YWCA Elevate Skills Program): Ran started her career at Samsung Electronics in South Korea as a smartphone product strategist and came to Canada in 2009 as an exchange student at UBC. Ran has participated in several global projects, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 series, one of the most selling smartphones in the world at that time. After relocating to Canada, Ran worked for an IT-based localization company in Vancouver as a project manager and completed the Career Development Practitioner program at SFU after finding her passion for helping skilled immigrants to live up to their potential both in life and in career. In the past, Ran introduced herself as a 'product strategist’, but now she sees herself as a 'people strategist'.Farah Kotadia (Employer Engagement Specialist and Facilitator for the YWCA Elevate Skills Program): Farah has many years of experience working in the settlement and integration sector, first as Director of Human Resources and Communications for DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and later, as Program Director for the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA). Farah's educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Communications, an MBA, and certificate in Intercultural Studies from UBC. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources, communications, program management, stakeholder relations and community engagement.