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Leading Change For Equity and Inclusion

 

Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

In-Person

Experiential Learning

Nov. 9 - 10 | 2022

[Application Deadline: October 19, 2022]

$2,700
May 9 - 10 | 2023

[Application Deadline: April 3, 2023]

$2,700
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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®



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Course Overview

This course will introduce tools and best practices for effectively facilitating strategic change in organizations committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). We will explore the context for change, potential impacts, stakeholder groups, and their combined impact on the organizational transformation process. The course will help you develop skills to create DEIJ strategies for navigating the complexity and uncertainty associated with promoting DEIJ in organizations. 

  • In-person, interactive workshop
  • In-person session will be scheduled immediately prior to “Driving Structural Change and Accountability.” While you may take the courses on separate occasions, we recommend taking these courses together to deepen your learning and expand your change leadership toolkit.

Course Schedule

Day 1: (in person) 9 a.m. -  6 p.m. CT
Day 2: (in person) 9 a.m. -  12:30 p.m. CT

 

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Who Should Attend

  • DEIJ practitioners or leaders who are interested in being champions for meaningful DEIJ change in their organizations.
  • Mid to senior-level leaders who aim to strengthen their skills as inclusive change leaders.

Questions Will We Answer

  • How do I create a DEIJ strategic framework for organizational change?
  • How do I establish a sense of urgency around the need to address DEIJ challenges in the organization?
  • How do I assess the current state of the organization and its key stakeholders around DEIJ momentum?

Benefits and Outcomes

By participating in this session, you will learn to: 

  • Plan and execute organizational change initiatives that take into consideration individual identities, cultural norms, and organization contexts.
  • frameworks to design and guide organizational change processes.
  • Diagnose the potential change impact, including potential risks and leverage points, by understanding the challenges associated with DEIJ.
  • Select criteria for assessing change and measuring progress.
  • Oversee the change process as a “change agent” or leader of the change.

 

Earn Continuing Education Credit

  • ELOC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 11 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • ELOC is accredited by IACET giving students the opportunity to earn CEUs. This program is valid for 1.1 IACET CEUs.

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all synchronous class sessions
  • Complete all written assignments (individual case and reflection questions).

Program Content

This course leverages change models to provide participants with a framework for how to enact DEIJ in their organizations.

  • We begin by helping students learn how to get a meaningful current pulse around where their organizations are in making progress on DEIJ.
  • We then focus on how they can establish a sense of urgency around the need to adopt a more robust DEIJ philosophy and set of behaviors.
  • We then help them assess their critical stakeholders and think through approaches to engage them.
  • Our focus shifts to helping them solidify their vision for change and end up with concrete behaviors to bring this vision to life.

FAQs

Is this course for internal change leaders, external consultants, or both?
  • Both! This course will support you in leading change for equity and inclusion whether you are working inside your employer organization or as a third-party consulting partner to an organizational client.
Is this course appropriate for members of groups or teams from the same organization to attend together?
  • Yes! We have delivered a version of this course to groups of professionals from the same organization and they have found it useful both for individual leadership development and in developing shared language and understanding for use in their work together.

If you are interested in a group discount or designing a custom, private session for your organization, please email us at eloc@northwestern.edu.

Is this course for professionals working in all sectors?
  • Yes! This course is relevant to leaders across sectors, industries, and roles.
Is this course only for DEI practitioners?
  • No! This course is for any leader who aims to support and advance equitable and inclusive organizational change.
Is this course only for change management professionals?
  • No! This course is for any leader who is involved in, managing, or advising on organizational change at the team, department, division, organization, enterprise, and/or system level.


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Instructors

Corey Flournoy

Corey Flournoy brings 30+ years of experience and recognized leadership in diversity and inclusion programming, strategy development, executive coaching and employee engagement for multinational corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions. Since 1995, Corey has been a founding partner, consultant and trainer for Creative Outreach Consulting, LLC.

He is currently the VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Aurora, a company which aims to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.  

Ahmmad Brown

Ahmmad Brown is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) scholar and practitioner with more than a decade of experience developing and implementing structures and processes that support equity and inclusion in organizational settings.

Ahmmad’s academic work includes two streams of research. In the first, he draws on the social capital, inclusion, and identity literatures to examine Black students' social experiences and feelings of belonging in historically white colleges. In the second, he uses survey and interview methods to understand the antecedents of race-based allyship in organizational settings.

As a practitioner, Ahmmad is president and co-founder of Equity Based Dialogue for Inclusion, LLC (EBDI). Through EBDI, Ahmmad works with organizations across industries to conduct equity assessments, provide strategic support for the development and implementation of equity and inclusion initiatives, and promote intergroup dialogue. As a senior advisor at Working IDEAL, Ahmmad conducts qualitative and qualitative research for organizations to support their strategic DEIJ efforts. He also serves on Merit America's board of directors. Prior to his current work, Ahmmad worked in social sector consulting and college admission.

Ahmmad holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School, an MA in Sociology from Harvard University, an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University, and a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and Japanese from Swarthmore College.