Arin is a best-selling author of three books- “The Next IQ” and “One Size Never Fits All” and “Smarter Than A Lie”- and she is the president of the research and advisory firm, Nextions (pronounced “connections” without the “co”), a new way of seeing and doing leadership and inclusion. Arin has designed and led several comprehensive research projects on leadership and inclusion in topics ranging from gender equity, cultural integration and implicit bias to transformational leadership and working through generational differences. Before Nextions (formerly The Athens Group), Arin practiced law for several years and also served as Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where she taught classes on law and society.
She also has authored a chapter on creativity, innovation and inclusion entitled “Creating Creativity” for the Global Innovation Science Handbook, the premier resource for innovation practitioners. Arin has been featured on NPR for her work on inclusion and is cited often in online and traditional media as an expert in leadership and inclusion in workplaces. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, and she was recognized as a Rising Star by the Anti-Defamation League. Her column, “Diversity in Practice” was recognized by the Herman Kogan Media Awards for excellence in journalism.
Arin is an avid amateur photographer and has been “outed” in the Wall Street Journal as a professional addict of all things politics. She is a “creatively maladjusted” catalyst for better leadership and smarter intelligence, and she lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
- Delicate Dialogues: Building Bridges Across Political Divides in 2020
Political differences are causing such deep chasms in relationships between family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers that it would be a rational assumption to believe that these chasms cannot be bridged. But, these differences can be bridged. More importantly, they must be bridged if we are going to hold onto and advance the progress we have made in inclusion. Bridging political differences in 2020 and beyond will not be easy, but it isn't impossible. If we take the time to understand how political differences form, why they become so volatile and how they are stoked and leveraged by people for personal gain, we can start disagreeing with each without destroying each other. This presentation will explore the neurobehavioral foundations of our political belief systems, what it takes to understand each other through intense differences, and how we can start building bridges across the political divides in 2020 and beyond.
- Individual Empowerment
• Different & Successful by Design
• The Leadership Advantage
• Negotiating Implicit Biases for Success
• Transforming Challenges into Success
• Creating A High-Performance Mindset
• Getting Great Feedback
• Getting Great Mentors & Sponsors
Recent Speeches within Individual Empowerment:
One Size Never Fits All: Building a Professional Network and Developing Business for Women in a Way That Works For Women
-One size never fits all. Yet, much of the business and leadership advice given to women on how to thrive and advance in workplaces is based on how men thrive and advance. The sustainable advancement of women requires that we recognize and understand the differences between how women and men communicate, work and lead, and this talk will dive into those differences in a candid, thoughtful and practically applicable way. What are the differences in how men and women promote themselves? What is the impact of those differences on women’s advancement? What are the differences in how men and women lead their teams and advocate for those they lead? What is the impact of those differences on women’s advancement? This keynote presentation will explore all of the above and more in ways that will make you think differently about these issues and how you can tailor the way you communicate, work and lead to best fit you!
- Leadership & Collective Intelligence
• Inclusive Leadership Models
• Transformational Leadership for D&I
• Servant Leadership for D&I
• Creating Inclusive Cultures in Changing Times
• Collective Intelligence Leadership
• Creating Innovative Cultures
• Creating “People First” Cultures
Recent Speeches within Leadership & Collective Intelligence:
-The Next Generation of Leadership: Understanding, Negotiating & Managing Generational Differences in Workplaces Today:
Understanding, negotiating and managing generational differences (and similarities) is critical to developing the full range of experiences and insights you need in order to achieve excellence, serve clients, and effectively manage relationships in today’s workplace. In this keynote speech, Dr. Reeves will facilitate our exploration of the research, best practices and practical advice on how to recognize and address generational differences in the workplace today. Whether seeking to give/get better feedback, serve/develop clients of all generations, or build networks that strengthen individual careers as well as organizational strength, you will learn the skills you need to bridge generational differences and drive more effective interactions and relationships.
-Gender Diversity in Leadership Styles: Understanding and Leveraging the Differences in Male & Female Leadership Styles to Maximize the Success of All in the Workplace
Research demonstrates that men and women generally have different leadership styles. Research also highlights that even as the most inclusive organizations thrive by understanding and leveraging these differences, most organizations do not recognize, value and/or reward women’s styles as much as they do men’s styles. What are these differences and why are both styles together better than either style on its own? This keynote speech will explore those questions and offer some practical strategies on how to encourage both styles to shine in the ways in which we work with each other.
- Diversity & Inclusion
• Value Proposition for D&I
• Implicit Bias & Bias Breakers
• Inclusive Cultures & Teams
• Cultural Flexibility Skills
• D&I in Recruiting & Hiring Processes
• D&I in Feedback & Evaluations Processes
• D&I in Advancement & Leadership Processes
Recent Speeches within Diversity & Inclusion:
-Inclusive Intelligence: Thinking Smarter and Leading Better in 21st Century Workplaces
No matter how much you know, how skilled you are or how much experience you have amassed, you (as an organization or an individual) are not as intelligent as you can be unless you have cultivated an intellectually global mindset and actively incorporated different perspectives into your outlook and analysis. Our differences can be a source of conflict or strength and understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be a competitive advantage. This keynote address will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can think and lead at our highest potential. While many of us are intellectually committed to doing this, we fall into cognitive and behavior patterns that prevent us from fully leveraging the diverse perspectives around us. This presentation will explore the various biases that keep us from thinking at our best as well as the ways in which we can break the biases to maximize our inclusive intelligence.
-The Explicit Impact of Implicit Bias: Unpacking and Interrupting Implicit Bias to Create More Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces
Although there has been a lot of dialogue on implicit bias, unpacking this concept to understand the myriad of “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to the diversity and inclusion journey of any organization. This keynote speech will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can break our biases to achieve our highest potential, as individuals and leaders within organizations. We will explore how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people who we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where our differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage.