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Proven Strategy. Expert Instructors. Immediate Application.

Looking for one comprehensive course to teach you everything you need to know to execute a successful, long-term diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program? This program goes beyond the “what” and “why,” showing you “how” to implement real-world DEI for real-world business outcomes. Turn your passion into skills.

quick facts

Duration

28 hours of learning over 4 days

Format

Live, online, instructor-led training plus digital resources

Certificate

Inclusive evaluation process to earn your certificate of competency

Community

Exclusive community hub for learners

program overview

 More than 80% of organizations have already taken action on DEI. Now, forward-thinking executives are moving quickly to hire and integrate DEI leaders into the fabric of their businesses. In fact, as a share of all job postings, diversity positions rose 18% in 2018, 30% in 2019, 123% in 2020, and an additional 56% in 2021. Yet most of these roles are new to the organization, and many of the leaders stepping into them have only a little or no experience in leading a strategy-based, data-driven, long-term DEI program.

Many DEI programs fail — and when they do, their failure takes a heavy toll on productivity, culture, and morale. How do you ensure a successful, sustainable program, gain buy-in from across the organization, and find data to prove results? This course will show you how.

Created by our team of Certified Diversity Executives, business experts, entrepreneurs, and senior consultants, this program gives you the tools you need for instant traction and long-term success. We don’t just give you the bird’s-eye view but drill down into how you can accomplish the day-to-day and year-by-year tasks of transformative DEI and organizational leadership. You’ll leave this course ready to do the emotionally-charged and critical work assigned to you immediately.

If you are interested in hosting a private cohort of 20+ participants from your organization, or if your company is interested in sponsoring a cohort for nonprofits or historically marginalized professionals, please contact kaela@thediversitymovement.com.

Investment: $3000

Here’s how to justify the investment

key objectives

  • Know definitions of key terms, be able to identify discrimination, and examine the impacts of bias
  • Evaluate your organization’s readiness for DEI in order to construct a business case to gain buy-in
  • Develop best practices to ensure success and sustainability of 1-year and long-term DEI plans
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement effective strategies for DEI transformation and mediate difficult conversations
  • Identify and assess your personal best strategies for continued self-awareness, professional development, and self-care
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throughout the course, you will:

  • Attend 19 live, interactive lessons with facilitated discussion and reflection
  • Engage in peer learning opportunities with up to 25 cohort members
  • Gain access to our top team of DEI experts, entrepreneurs, consultants, and educators
  • Learn immediately-applicable DEI strategies developed from our work with 100+ clients across industries
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the evaluation instruments

Exam

After the course, you will have 3 months to take and pass the exam. This brief, untimed exam contains 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 reflection prompts. The exam will be reviewed by one of your program instructors. You must achieve 70% or higher to pass. Accommodations are provided for individuals with disabilities. Please email kaela@thediversitymovement.com to request the accommodations you need.

Project

After the course, you will be given 3 projects to choose from and will have 3 months to complete your candidate project. You will choose only 1 to complete, which will be reviewed by one of the program instructors. The project will be deemed proficient or not proficient with detailed feedback.

meet your instructors

Learn from our award-winning experts at The Diversity Movement, acclaimed by companies such as Fast Company, Inc., Business North Carolina, and Triangle Business Journal

Kaela Sosa

Curriculum & Programming Manager; Co-Founder

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Susie Silver

Sr. DEI Consultant & Innovation Strategist

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Donald Thompson

CEO; Co-Founder

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Jackie Ferguson

Head of Content & Programming; Co-Founder

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Jamie Ousterout

VP of Client Success

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Kurt Merriweather

VP of Products & Innovation; Co-Founder

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Melanie Sanders

Sr. DEI Consultant

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Brentley Wright

DEI Advisor

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program schedule

Day 1 (10am-5:30pm ET)

Welcome, Introductions, and Purpose
What We Will Learn
Setting the Stage
Inclusion Etiquette
Gaining Buy-In
Determining a Budget

Day 2 (10am-4:15pm ET)

Creating a 1-Year Plan
Creating a Long-Term Plan
Accountability
Updating Policies

Day 3 (10am-5:15pm ET)

Committees/Councils/Groups
Inclusive Hiring & Recruitment
Courageous Conversations
Counteracting Resistance

Day 4 (10am-4:45pm ET)

Supplier Diversity
Hosting Successful Training
Personal Bias
Professional Development
Self Care and Asking for Help

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February 2023

Register for our February cohort of The Diversity Leader's Intensive taking place on February 6-9.

May 2023

Register for our May cohort of The Diversity Leader's Intensive taking place on May 8-11.

October 2023

Register for our October cohort of The Diversity Leader's Intensive taking place on October 30-November 2.

frequently asked questions

Who’s the program for?

This program is for current and aspiring DEI leaders: individuals who are in charge of successful implementation of diversity initiatives within their organization.

What time will the live sessions take place?

Live sessions will be held via Zoom from 10 am to 4/5 pm eastern time each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and frequent, brief breaks throughout.

Will I get recordings from the live presentations?

Yes! You will receive recordings of all lessons, as well as copies of the presentations used.

How long will the program take to complete?

After the instructor-led portion of the course, you have 3 months to complete the evaluative project and exam.

How can I access training materials?

We store all recordings and presentations from the course in Thinkific, our Learning Management System (LMS). You’ll also be able to ask questions and interact with your cohort on the platform.

What’s the difference between The Diversity Leader’s Intensive and the Certified Diversity Executive program?

Watch this video to learn about the differences between the two programs, so you can pick the option that is best for you.