Strategies for Leading Work Environment Diversity in the Fire Service

Dr. Kwame CooperRiverfront A

The purpose of this presentation is to explore how the increase in diversity within the Los Angeles City Fire Department has affected the organizational learning dynamics about diversity among firefighters. The presentation will present an overview of a recent doctoral study of diverse firefighters and will include research findings and strategies to lead a diverse workforce. Participants will deepen their understanding about the importance of race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural values, beliefs, and perspectives while discovering new opportunities to create critical dialogue and develop courageous fire service leadership acumens in the work environment. An in-depth discussion will follow the presentation to allow for feedback and further development of organizational learning about diversity opportunities for fire service leaders.

DR. KWAME COOPER, retired as an Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department — At the culmination of a 38-year career, Dr. Cooper served in multiple major command and leadership roles including Command 22, Operations Central Bureau, Fire Prevention and Public Safety Bureau, Training and Support Bureau, Employee Relations Officer, and the Community Relations Officer for the department. Through his lived experience, Kwame provided the leadership with the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s evolution in diversity, equity and inclusion which serves as the foundation of this training presentation. Over the years, Kwame has provided leadership and diversity training in fire service communities throughout the United States, and internationally. Kwame is currently an instructor and graduate at the Los Angeles Police and Fire Department Leadership Academy and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute. He also graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Program. Dr. Cooper received his doctorate degree in Organization Leadership and Development from Grand Canyon University.
Tue 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM