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Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Small Business Owner

June 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

This 2-hour workshop will tackle some barriers to diversity, equity & inclusion and their impact on businesses.

We are living in times where the world around us is constantly changing. How do we make sure that we keep up with the changes as small business owners and startup entrepreneurs? How do we know when we are treating our employees or customers right? How do we know that our bases are kicking in?

Being Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) aware as a business in today’s work environment is no longer an added value to an organization’s success but the backbone of any organization’s vision to excel.

What should you expect?

This 2-hour workshop will tackle some barriers to DEI and its impact on businesses. By the end of this workshop, you will have a set of strategies to turn your business into an organization that finds strengths through diversity.


Jacquie Costron – Co-founder at Costron + Co; Jacquie, a business strategist, and life coach. Jacquie focuses on the support of the ‘whole’ entrepreneur to ensure that the human side of the entrepreneur is supported as they develop and execute business strategies. From this integrated heart-centered approach Jacquie guides the entrepreneur through all stages of business evolution, supporting sustainable development goals and eco-system support.

Msenwa Oliver Mweneake, MA, MSW, RSW – Collaborator in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformation at Costron + Co. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Msenwa, is a registered Social Worker, and a practitioner of change management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He holds a master’s degree in leadership from PACU in Kenya and a Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo. But it is his lived experience that brings texture to his work to seek change starting from within. Msenwa documented this journey in his book: “Still With Us: Msenwa’s Untold Story of War, Resilience and Hope.”


Kingston Economic Development Corporation
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