Advocacy and Sponsorship Certificate Program

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Sponsorship and advocacy each have a vital role to play in the development, performance and level of success that every leader and rising employees achieves. While each helps them achieve their career goal, the roles that they play in your staff’s development, are profoundly different. As the lines between these terms, and their roles, have become blurred, you could be missing out on the benefits of each of these types of relationships. Being an advocate or sponsor for overlooked coworkers is a powerful way to make everyone feel welcomed, included, and valued. Both advocacy and sponsorship are vital components to your organization leveraging the knowledge, skills and abilities of your staff and making sure you’re speaking up for them and providing them with opportunities that will help them grow. Doing this in an equitable way and creating a strategy for both advocacy and sponsorship is an important foundation.

This course is only $299

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This 2 week stand-alone certificate course will help participants understand how to uncover inequities in their organization’s policies, practices and programs, and the

IDPI’s Advocacy and Sponsorship course is an industry-leading training workshop for all of your organizational leaders. Upon completion of the certification, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between mentors, advocates and sponsors and the value of each.
  • How to work with advocates, mentors and sponsors to reach your career and business goals.
  • How to develop a strategic pathway within your organization to provide rising staff with an advocate or sponsor
  • Balancing the relationship between an advocate and sponsor and get what you need.

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Let’s take a look inside

 

Do you want to build your career but don’t have access to the decision makers? Or are you a organizational leader who has identified that your rising stars are not receiving the visibility they need? This is where having a formal or informal advocacy and sponsoring program would help. We’ll also talk about the need for a mentor, as each plays a different and critical role. Do you know the differences between each of these 3 critical relationships?

We’ll help you understand how to uncover internal and external motivators, how to seek out stretch assignments, how to speak up for people that may not be visible but deserve recognition. We’ll show you how to be a powerful advocate, or how to find a sponsor? OR, if you’re in need of one, this pathway will help you step up and ASK for what you need.

In this course we share real-life scenarios and give you facts, so you can identify which relationship will work best for your organization and the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to serve in these roles.

You will learn how to be an effective advocate, and how to encourage other people to advocate for you. You’ll learn what a mentor is really for, how to find one who can make a difference in your career, and how to learn the most from your mentor. And you’ll learn the biggest secret in the game – how to find a sponsor who will want to give your career or your business a big boost.

The “ADVOCACY AND SPONSORSHIP” certificate program is developed and validated by university professionals trained at Harvard University,UC Berkeley, UC Davis and University of Central Missouri. The “Dismantling Discrimination” certificate requirements include:

  • 4 On-demand courses
  • 1 interactive webinar
  • 4 Worksheets
  • 1 interactive learning game
  • 1 participant presentation
  • Perspective taking exercises

TOPICS WE’LL EXPLORE ARE:

The role of a mentor, advocate and sponsor

The role of a advocate, sponsor, and mentor in the work place and in our community is not interchangeable. These terms  are very different and serve separate but complimentary value when used correctly, Each can be powerful in our and our team’s career, personal and professional ambitions. We all have opportunities for advocates, sponsors, and mentors in our lives. They are different roles and play different parts, depending on the situation and the growth you are looking for, or you want to help provide to someone else.

Being intentional and purposeful about identifying mentors, advocates and sponsors and utilizing them within your work place or community organization, will build a legacy of effective and efficient leaders. Developing an equitable program of introducing each role and being able to identify and demonstrate the competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) will provide opportunities that align with your, a rising star, or your team’s needs.


The role of an advocate

Advocates can really be found throughout every level of a leader’s personal and professional life. They can be found within the leader’s own organisation as well as other networks and groups to which the leader belongs.

An advocate is anyone that speaks highly of people to others and seeks to make others have a positive opinion of the people they are advocating for. An advocate is someone on whom you have made an excellent impression. It’s always a good practice to try to cultivate and encourage as many people as you can to advocate for you.


The role of a sponsor

Sponsors help open doors for the leaders that they develop. They help them build their network, as well as advocate for them to be offered new opportunities, greater challenges, and more responsibilities. They help them play more prominent roles and stand out where they can be recognised with additional responsibilities and promotions.

Sponsorship, however, is also a two way street. Because as the sponsor helps their protégé reach their goals and rise in position and influence, the protégé’s performance also raises the authority, standing and recognition of their sponsor. If the protégé fails to put in the hard work and fails to perform in the role that the sponsor has won for them, it is possible that the sponsor might withdraw from the relationship.sponsors advocate on the behalf of their protégé, making critical introductions, opening doors and seeking to influence the true decisions makers to grant their protégé greater opportunities for development, they are often lumped in with advocates. After all, the sponsor is working to bolster your reputation to others, so they must be advocating on your behalf, and they are.


Implementing an advocate and sponsorship program with action planning

We review the steps to help you get started on building your advocate and sponsorship program and review how to:

  • Establish goals for organizational advocacy and sponsorship programs
  • Build enthusiasm for the program by identifying and communicating benefits
  • Identify and assemble advocates and sponsors from departments and teams
  • Identify the right candidates by creating your ideal advocacy and sponsorship profiles
  • Develop a pitch to get executive sponsors to get buy-in
  • Create an Implementation guides

 

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What must I do to receive a certificate of completion or become certified?

Certificate requirements:

  • Certificate courses must be completed within 1 year of enrollment.
  • Completing all required modules is mandatory during the outlined timeframe to be eligible fro receive a certificate of completion.
  • Knowledge check completion at 75%+ is required to pass each module.

Do you want to receive certification and DEI credentials?

Email darrylyn@eod-global.com to ask us about receiving Certification to be credentialed as:

  • Executive Leader and/or Sponsor – EILP – Equity, Inclusion and Leadership Practitioner 
  • Manager or Certified Practitioner – PDP – Professional Diversity Practitioner (PDP)
  • Specialist/Generalist – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (EDIS) 

Certification and credentialing will include multiple courses of study, group activities/assignment, and a case study submissions to be reviewed by IDPI and IEDEIA faculty. Additional requirements include a final assessment and oral video submission  to complete certification.

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There are many ways to measure the success and impact of our IDPI certificate and certification programs. A few metrics we will utilize to measure and track growth are:

  • Participants will take a Pre and Post Inclusion and Belonging Assessment to identify their knowledge about equity and inclusion principles and practices.
  • We will gauge the participants’s ability to:
    • Use tools to dismantle discrimination at the individual and organizational levels.
    • Identify the structural and systemic impacts of discrimination from a historical perspective thru the evaluation of laws and policies, and the trickle down impact they have today.
    • Develop a dismantling discrimination action plan based on one case study provided during the course.

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Ready to get started?

STEP 1: APPLY

STEP 2: SET YOUR GOAL(S)

  • Solicit your company to sponsor you in your DEI leadership journey. Here’s a template  to request your letter of support. Also, based on the goals you have personally set, you might consider taking advantage of multiple certification programs. It’s both cost efficient and will enhance the trajectory of your DEI knowledge and skills, as well as your ability to be an effective DEI leader.

STEP 3: GAIN SUPPORT

  • Solicit your company to sponsor you in your DEI leadership journey. Here’s a template  to request your letter of support.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR READINESS

  • This certification program requires you to understand the basics of the diversity, equity and inclusion field and its impact. Take a quick assessment to make sure you’re ready for this level of certification. And don’t worry if you’re not there yet, we will help you prepare (see Step 5).

STEP 5: DO THE GROUNDWORK

  • Make sure you have the foundations covered. Do you understand DEI terminology, DEI concepts, Belonging and Inclusion principles? This certification requires that you have a basic understandings to be able to be a leader in moving equity, inclusion and belonging throughout your network. If you do not have the foundations covered, it’s ok, we have courses for you as a prerequisite. Email us @darrylyn@EOD-global and we’ll get you started.

STEP 6: Build Anticipation & Get Ready

  • Let everyone know what you’ll be embarking on and that it will take time and dedication for a 4 week period, and 1 week of case study and your certification exam. You’ll need the support of those around you AND they might help give you insight. It might be exciting for them also!

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