Leading a Consciously Inclusive Organization Certificate Program

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As leaders, it’s important to understand the value of creating a workplace culture of belonging, and inclusion. A recent Harvard Business Review article highlighted this foundation of conscious inclusion when it said: “Simply throwing a mix of people together doesn’t guarantee high performance; it requires inclusive leadership — leadership that assures that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued and sense that they belong, and are confident and inspired.

Having a more inclusive organization (professionally or community) incorporates intentional actions to enhance people’s esteem, increase their sense of belonging, provide equitable opportunities, and sponsors sand grows the talent of their people. And even though these are excellent reasons to create an inclusive environment, the most important reason is . . . . it is morally the right thing to do. As a consciously inclusive leader, we must be laser focused on promoting greater  equity and inclusivity within the communities around us, in word and in our actions. Conscious Inclusion is INTENTIONALLY DRIVEN.

In this program participants learn to steps to making a safe and inclusive workplace environment and culture,  create a psychologically safe environment, unpack their own social and cultural baggage, learn to mitigate unconscious bias in themselves and recognize biases in others, and understand the concepts of power, privilege and microaggressions, and their interconnection to inclusion and exclusion.

SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Identification of inclusionary principles
  • Understanding of cultural competence
  • Create high-trust environment
  • Understanding of psychological safety
  • Identify inequities within the organizational systems, structures and people
  • How to deepen self-awareness and empathy
  • How to lead with courage and vulnerability
  • Alignment of intentions and Impact

 

This course is only $359

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This 4 week stand-alone certification course participants will understand the psychology behind why inclusion matters, what it looks and feels like. They will also unpack their own inclusive behaviors.

IDPI’s Leading a Consciously Inclusive Organization program is an industry-leading training workshop for all of your organizational leaders. Upon completion of the certification, participants will:

  • Create an organizational  Inclusion Profile to identify individual and leadership  skills that impact inclusion.
  • Identify skills you already have and where you need to develop
  • Learn to proactively “think in (uncover own personal biases), speak up and act out (be proactive)” against discrimination and prejudices.
  • Identify opportunities to correct the organizational systems to create a more inclusive workplace.

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Let’s take a look inside

Conscious inclusion begins with your emotional awareness and believing in the need to strategically execute a practical approach to driving your personal thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, which allow us to value and leverage differences to achieve superior results. It is not enough to simply be aware of your unconscious biases, it is being intentional about taking action to consciously build a culture where everyone feels included. In this certification program you will learn how to recognize and manage biases and what actions can help you be more intentionally inclusive.

We recognize the underpinnings of people’s motivation that impacts their sense of belonging. In this workshop participants will identify strategies that work, and how they can leverage these techniques in action planning and communications. They will build the skills to create and sustain environments for productive and inclusive conversations, so that all voices are heard, valued, and respected.

The “LEADING A CONSCIOUSLY INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION” certification program is developed and validated by university professionals trained at Harvard University,UC Berkeley, UC Davis and University of Central Missouri. It is designed to provide participants with an understanding of what unconscious bias is and how it affects culture, the neuroscience of bias-inclusion-exclusion, and gain tips and strategies to create a psychologically safe environment, one that leads to feelings of belonging.

The “Leading a Consciously Inclusive Organization” certification requirements include:

  • 8 On-demand courses
  • 2 Industry interviews
  • 2 Interactive activities
  • 1 Podcast
  • 4 Worksheets
  • 4 Strategies/Tools
  • Perspective taking exercises

TOPICS WE’LL EXPLORE ARE:

Training your brain for inclusion and belonging:

Our biases are the result of our brain operating in efficiency mode. You’ll learn about the operations of the 2 systems of the brain and how our fast brain, which we operate in 90%+ of the time is intuitive and reactionary. You’ll learn how to move into using your slow brain, which is more intentional and questioning of our thoughts and beliefs about others.


Emotional Intelligence, relationship management and personal accountability:

‘Diversity is a reality, but Inclusion is a choice’. Emotional Intelligence provides relationship management skills to make an inclusive culture a reality. Research has proven that Emotional Intelligence is a predictor for multicultural competence. The foundational ingredient in the recipe for inclusion is emotionally intelligent leaders and teams. We will explore and help leaders develop their social and emotional intelligence and understand it’s impact on creating an environment where a sense of belonging thrives..


Conscious Leadership Competencies:

Conscious leadership is the practice of being more aware as a leader which will have a positive effects on the people you lead and their ability to accept, celebrate and thrive in a culture of inclusion and belonging. We’ll explore 7 leadership competencies that encourage a culture of belonging and psychological safety. During this program you will be introduced to more consciously inclusive, motivating and beneficial habits..


Steps to build a culture of appreciation, respect and gratitude

Culture is a force multiplier for the outcomes that matter most to you — and when properly harnessed, it becomes a powerful differentiator for your organization. In this program you will learn how to conduct a comprehensive culture audit and look for the opportunities to improve your current culture and how to track culture progressions..


Igniting and Leading Change Efforts

Changing or enhancing the culture of an organization represents change. Especially if you’re wanting people to shift their mindsets, their processes or the policies or programs within your organization or community. In this course we explore 7 actions consciously inclusive leaders take when introducing or driving DEI to help make it stick. We use and learn from the stories of transformational change leaders throughout history to highlight the tenets of change. To drive and sustain any effort, INTENTION in your leadership and communication is needed to drive transformative change.


Managing conflict with restorative justice

While restorative justice originated within the criminal justice system, the underlying philosophies and values (rooted in care and respect of humanity) can help shape inclusive workplace. The principles focuses on conflict and repairing harm through meaningful accountability and centers on:

  • Collaborative decision-making processes that build trust and encourage employee engagement.
  • The needs of those harmed or in conflict, to help build positive connections and understanding.
  • Create personal integrity and responsibility for our individual actions and their impact..

Enhancing your mindset and reframing negative thoughts

The way we think, feel and behave are linked and continuously impact our actions. However, sometimes we develop negative patterns of thoughts or behaviors that are unhelpful. And because these can affect how we view and interact with others, wit’s important that we identify when we are in this cycle and realize that we can STOP and change our thoughts and perspectives. In this program we will understand how to shift our thinking process, and improve our mental health by doing so.


Inclusive communication and collaboration tools and techniques

We may not always be aware of the potential negative implications, or barriers, that our communication may present. As a leader, your communication should not exclude anyone, either intentionally or unintentionally and it’s important to focus not only on our intent, but also our impact.

Promoting inclusive communication is also understanding and acknowledging the needs of different communication preferences and needs – all of which should be respected and utilized.

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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 inclusion principles and exclusionary practices.
  • We will gauge the participants’s ability to:
    • Improve collaboration and engagement
    • Learning more about their peers experiences, including the impact of intersections of identities, and
    • Work consciously toward a psychologically safer and more welcoming environment.

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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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