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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 healthy diverse culture.


Program Details

This program will be available in the fall of 2022

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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 developing an action plan for themselves. Courses will be led by Carlson School of Management faculty and thought leaders from the business community.

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.





  • 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.


Day 1
Diversity & Inclusion Strategy: How to Execute
Building an Inclusive Culture and Your Capability as an Inclusive Leader
Day 2
Leadership, Equity, and You
Diversity and Inclusion by Design

Executive Panel Discussion
90-Day Check-In


David Edgerton Jr
Managing Principal,The DEJ Group

David Edgerton Jr. is the managing principal for The DEJ Group, an executive search and recruiting firm that focuses on finding and connecting exceptional diverse talent with inclusive companies. The firm also provides executive coaching and custom training services for minority entrepreneurs and business professionals.

John Kammeyer-Mueller
Professor, Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Industrial Relations; Director, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

John Kammeyer-Mueller teaches courses related to organizational behavior and human resources in the undergraduate, masters', and doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota. He is particularly interested in learning how interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors can affect how new hires see their work environments over time.

Abdul Omari
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Omari is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity.  He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trus

Angela Spranger
Senior Diversity Officer; Founding Director of the Center for DEI in Business

Angela Spranger, PhD, MBA, is the Sr. Diversity Officer at the Carlson School of Management. She comes from Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Virginia where she served as the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer in the Office of the President for the past two years.

Amy Tolbert
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as, multicultural and diversity initiatives, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams.

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This program will be available in the fall of 2022

Register by Credit Card Register by Invoice

This program will be available in the fall of 2022

Register by Credit Card Register by Invoice