How Airbnb Creates a Culture of Belonging

Presenters: Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Airbnb; and Farren Roper, Qualtrics

View live: March 5, 2021, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through June 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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12,000 employees around the world made one thing clear in the Qualtrics 2021 Employee Experience Trends report: People want to feel a sense of belonging at work. In the study, this desire to belong overtook career growth and trust in leadership as the most important driver of employee engagement.

2021 is the year of employee belonging. But how can leaders act on this important finding?

In this program, Airbnb’s global head of diversity will speak with Qualtrics' head of diversity, equity and belonging for a discussion on how organizations can foster a culture of belonging in 2021 and beyond.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Practical guidance from Airbnb about how they create a sense of belonging at the team and organizational level
  • Tactics for how to empower managers to create a work environment that fosters belonging
  • Best practices to measure and track progress for DEI initiatives


About the Presenters: Melissa Thomas-Hunt is Airbnb's head of global diversity and belonging and an expert on building inclusive, global teams. She has served as Vanderbilt University's vice provost for inclusive excellence and as the global chief diversity officer at UVA’s Darden School of Business. For 25 years, she has taught MBAs and executives leadership, team dynamics and negotiations, and also conducted research on the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the contributions made by individuals, and particularly, women, underrepresented individuals and other numerical minorities.

Farren Roper is Qualtrics' head of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this role, he works to level the playing field for all Qualtrics employees globally to allow everyone’s unique brilliance to shine. Roper believes that when we all play, we all win. Prior to his career in DE&I, he worked as an attorney, marketer and serial entrepreneur and has also been a featured spoken at TEDx events.

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SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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This webcast is sponsored by Qualtrics



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