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Inclusive Leadership: Fostering Diversity to Drive Performance

Inclusiveness isn’t just nice to have on teams. Research shows that it directly enhances business performance. As a leader, you're uniquely positioned to create a culture where employees feel valued through everyday business practices. This course takes a two-fold approach to help you improve diversity and inclusion at your organization. You'll enhance your own inclusive leadership skills and learn a systems design approach for fostering a profitable and diverse culture.


Program Details

In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About This Program

Diversity has the potential to benefit employees and organizations alike, yet the benefits of diversity are only realized in organizations with inclusive leadership practices. This two-day course is tailored to the perspective of leaders who wish to increase organizational value through improving workplace diversity and fostering an inclusive culture.

This leader-focused programming zeros-in on specific diversity and inclusion strategies to implement at their organizations. Participants will build their own capabilities as inclusive leaders, deep-dive into a systems design approach to inclusion, experiment with common workplace scenarios, and spend time to develop an action plan for their organization. The experience includes an immersive session learning to develop empathy and understand bias through the power of virtual reality technology. Courses will be led by Carlson School of Management faculty and thought leaders from the business community. Participants will also hear a keynote from Roz Tsai, VP of Talent, Learning & Organizational Effectiveness at Thrivent, who will discuss her approach to developing business culture.

At the end of the course, participants will develop an action plan to implement at their organization. This course includes a faculty-led virtual check-in after 90 days for participants to share immediate successes and challenges as well as regroup for work going forward.

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This program is valid for 13 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


  • Mid to senior-level leaders
  • HR professionals
  • C-suite leaders

Key Benefits

  • Learn how to develop and communicate a cogent argument in favor of inclusion in organizations
  • Recognize opportunities and obstacles in your organization’s culture
  • Explore the business levers within your control and develop systems that facilitate the long-term maintenance of inclusive behavior
  • Develop the skills and competencies needed to be a more inclusive leader
  • Identify strategies to understand and deal with cultural differences and conflict across those differences
  • Walk through critical issues raised in workplace scenarios and how they impact potential communication and outcomes 

Inclusive Leadership Overview

Diversity and inclusive leadership practices have evolved to become a powerful contributor to organizational performance.  Course faculty discuss the perspectives and practices participants will gain in this two-day program.

Additional Course Details

Day 1
Opening Keynote
Diversity & Inclusion Strategy: How to Execute
Build Your Own Diversity Capability as a Leader
Optional: Minnesota Science Museum: 'Race: Are We So Different?'
Day 2
Diversity & Inclusion by Design
Executive Keynote, Roz Tsai, Thrivent

Leading Inclusively in Workplace Situations

Creating Your Own Action Plan
90-Day Check-In
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m
Abdifatah Ali
Assistant Professor
Valerie M. Jensen, JD
Carlson Executive Educators Network
John Kammeyer-Mueller
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Industrial Relations
Amy Tolbert
Carlson Executive Educators Network

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