Intellectual Humility PM Session


Sep. 18, 2020, 2pm to 3:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Virtual Discussion Group


People may dismiss and marginalize dissent when faced with difficult questions. Academic, political, moral, and other disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. What does an intellectually arrogant person have to learn? Not much. The world needs more open-minded people sensitive to arguments both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their views might be mistaken. A benefit of intellectual humility is the recognition that one's own perspective is always going to be limited. The further a person is from arrogance the better situated they are for learning. Intellectual humility leaves individuals well-positioned to learn as much as possible from their peers.

After participating in this highly-interactive online discussion group, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of intellectual humility and why it is important
  • Have a better sense of their own levels of intellectual humility
  • Learn strategies to strengthen how they learn from others
  • Be introduced to skills to facilitate dialogue that encourages curiosity, mutual understanding, and new mindsets or behaviors where appropriate.

About the Trainers

Dr. Makesha Spence
Dr. Makesha Spence is senior consultant at DRI Consulting and a managing partner at DRIC Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Psychology and a Master's degree in Adult Education. As a former university president and faculty member, Dr. Spence is familiar with many of the realities faced by university stakeholders at all levels. She also has over 20 years of experience in instructional design and training. Dr. Spence has designed and facilitated multiple sessions in the areas of cultural humility, unconscious bias, and diversity.

Dr. John Fennig
Dr. Fennig offers 30+ years of experience as an executive level manager and consultant, and 30 years advising faculty and staff at several universities as coach, work team facilitator, troubleshooter, and reorganization expert. He has special skills and interests working with the gifted / talented and high potential leaders of medium and large public and private organizations, family-owned companies, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Clients of Dr. Fennig have learned and applied intellectual humility in service to the dual goals of being cognitively and emotionally “smart.” Effective in their jobs at all levels of leadership – and for what each real-world leadership situation calls for.

Rhovine Small
Rhovine Small is a senior consultant at DRI Consulting. She has a Master of Science in Counseling and Consulting Psychology at the International University of the Caribbean in Jamaica. Her experience with education and workforce training adds to her strengths as a consultant. Rhovine’s role at DRI Consulting complements her graduate training and passion for leadership development in the areas of intellectual humility, emotional intelligence and mindfulness. She promotes openness to new ideas and perspectives, and the willingness to be receptive to change and new ways of thinking in her work with clients.

Rebecca Moy
Rebecca Moy is a consultant at DRI Consulting. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at St. Cloud State University. Her experience with psychological research, education, and project management adds to her strengths as a consultant. Rebecca’s role at DRI Consulting complements her graduate training and passion for executive coaching and employee staffing/selection. She is excited to provide clients help in the areas of organizational development, workplace efficiency, and staffing.

Admission Information

Participation is free to all UNLV employees, registration is required, and space is limited. Because of the interactive and engaging nature of the training, you need to make sure you join from your computer and that it has a working video camera and microphone.


Contact Information

Director of Organizational Development, UNLV Human Resources
Erin Collier

External Sponsor

UNLV Human Resources