How to Create a Psychologically Safe Team

Lunch Keynote Session
Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET
Attendees Can Earn 1 CPE Credit

For a team to function properly, there has to be an environment of psychological safety. At its most basic, psychological safety is the belief that you won’t be punished or humiliated for speaking your ideas, questions or concerns or making mistakes. In this keynote, you will hear from a government expert about the elements of psychological safety and how to instill them to your team.


Melanie Ho, Author, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations Are Up Against

Melanie Ho (she/her/hers) is a consultant and workshop facilitator who works with leadership teams on future visioning; change management; executive leadership development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is the author of Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, a 2022 recipient in the Axiom Awards recognizing the world’s best business books. As a visual artist, Melanie has drawn dozens of comics about DEI at work and leads interactive presentations and workshops using these comics to help team members create more equitable workplaces.  

Across the past 20+ years, Melanie has delivered over a thousand presentations to a wide range of audience sizes and types. Her experience includes facilitating retreats for chief executives; addressing 1000+-person audiences; and appearing on NPR, CBS, and NBC. She has presented to campus leadership teams at dozens of universities including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Rutgers, Case Western, Auburn, Penn State, and more.  She can be reached at

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