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Phonetics for Good: What’s in a Name?

October 28 @ 12:00 - 13:00 CDT

How can we make racialized coworkers feel more welcome? Can speech science help? You bet!

Cam-A-la? Kuh-MUH-law? Kah-MAY-la? KAW-muh-luh!

Kamala Harris must have had people mispronouncing her name her whole life. Are these mispronunciations considered microaggressions? Maybe! But what if it’s a hard name? How can we make racialized coworkers feel more welcome? Can speech science help? You bet!

This Brown Bag Lunch will plant the seeds to help you to become a better listener, to hear and pronounce unfamiliar names, and to show your colleagues that they matter. It’s the phonetics course you never knew you needed!

Mary Houle is a speech coach and speech pathologist. She has spent her 25-year career working with political leaders, new immigrants, toastmasters champions and CEOs to help them be heard and understood. Her approach invites her clients to showcase their inner character to the outside world through the magical mix of science and art that is communication.

Sarra Ismail is a Learning & Development professional with over 15 years experience working in multicultural workspaces. As a Black, Muslim, immigrant woman, Sarra is passionate about creating and fostering safe spaces for those with less privilege. She has used her experience to help immigrants and people of colour to hack communication obstacles that they can face in the workplace.

Brown Bag Lunches are Impact Hub Ottawa’s weekly lunch & learns led by Hubbers, for members and non-members alike. Topics vary each week, but you’re always sure to learn something new!

Please note:

  • A link to register via Zoom will be provided once you sign up on Eventbrite
  • This event will be recorded and shared with Impact Hub Ottawa members and all who register

Tickets: In an effort to make this event as accessible as possible and to remove cost as a barrier to participating, we’re offering a tiered pricing system including a fully subsidized option. Upon checkout, please select the option that best suits your needs – no questions asked.

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