Monthly JEDI Speaker Series to launch in April

Thursday, March 18, 2021

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EDASC and the Skagit County Chambers of Commerce are pleased to present a new monthly Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Speaker Series, providing the opportunity for local business leaders to learn about why these issues matter and what can be done.

The goal of the series is to encourage representation and participation of diverse genders, races and ethnicities, religions, ages, and abilities and disabilities. Keynote speakers will share their experience on topics surrounding cultural diversity and how we can each contribute to build a more inclusive society.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for each event in the series.

The first JEDI Speaker Series virtual event is set for 1 to 2 p.m. April 6, featuring a presentation on Unconscious Bias by EDASC CEO John Sternlicht.

Unconscious biases, by nature, impact us more than we know. Our brains form biases by using knowledge about social situations, attitudes, cultures, stereotypes, emotional reactions and more. In this session, you’ll learn to recognize biases, their impacts and develop strategies to overcome them.

“Business research over the past couple of decades shows that unconscious bias and lack of diversity can weaken a company's decision-making and innovation,” Sternlicht said. “Learning how to recognize our unconscious or implicit biases will allow us to recognize more possibilities and opportunities and strengthen businesses, relationships, and negotiations.”

Click here to register.

The JEDI Speaker Series will continue monthly, held the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

One-time event sponsorship is available for the series for $100. Sponsorship includes:

  • Logo on promotional flyer distributed by the Skagit County Chambers and EDASC
  • Logo on the event page of the organizers’ websites
  • Logo displayed during the sponsored session

To secure your sponsorship, please contact Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Jeremy Kindlund at

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