Inclusive Leadership Overview

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Inclusive Leadership

Northwestern ELOC Inclusive Leadership courses equip and engage mid- to senior-level leaders with the knowledge, skills, and community of practice you need to drive meaningful organizational change in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ).

Our focus is on a change leadership approach to equity and inclusion, supporting change at personal, team, and organizational levels. We use this focus because all DEIJ work is change work, and all change work (mergers, digital transformations, organizational redesigns, etc.) has the potential to be designed and executed inclusively and equitably.

Our approach to DEIJ education is differentiated through our emphasis on change leadership and centering topics like identity, culture, intercultural competency, business transformation, change resistance, measurement, accountability, and systemic barriers to change.

Inclusive Leadership Courses

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 Northwestern ELOC Inclusive Leadership Pathway

Complete four Inclusive Leadership courses, along with an assessment and one-on-one coaching session, to earn a Northwestern ELOC Inclusive Leadership Certificate. More than a credential, this certificate:

  • Demonstrates your commitment to developing your skills in DEIJ change leadership work
  • Indicates your membership in a growing community of practice focused on collaboration, co-creation, and mutual exchange
  • Combines evidence-based approaches to DEIJ change work with real-time opportunities for practical application, allowing you to learn it today and use it tomorrow

Self as Inclusive Leader 
Understand how individual identities and institutional/structural inequities impact workplace experiences and efficiency of individuals and teams. Develop your leadership toolkit to effectively lead organizational design and change initiatives that support the needs of organizations and their diverse employees, customers, and stakeholders.

Managing Bias for Equitable Decision Making  
Explore the science behind decision-making to build your skills in making equitable judgments in organizations. Learn methods and tools to help you and your teams eliminate common biases in decision-making. Examine potential gaps and vulnerabilities in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) decision-making processes by exploring how cognitions, emotions, and contexts impact judgements.

Leading Change for Equity and Inclusion  
Learn tools and best practices for effectively facilitating strategic change in organizations committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Explore the context for change, potential impacts, stakeholder groups, and their combined impact on the organizational transformation process.

Driving Structural Change and Accountability  
Lead the critical elements of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) work: assessment, strategic planning, initiative alignment, measurement, and changing an organization’s systems that can create barriers to change. Examine theories and perspectives to help you think critically about the current state of DEIJ in work settings. Plan your next steps for weaving DEIJ accountability throughout your organization.   

Getting a group together?

Northwestern ELOC offers registration discounts for groups from the same organization. We also offer special, customized, organization-specific cohorts for our ELOC courses. If you are interested in learning more about group and customized options, e-mail us at to set up a brief call about your team’s learning and leadership goals.

ELOC Accreditations and Program Approvals

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

ELOC is proud to be accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), a global accreditor of Continuing Education and Training programs. For more information about IACET, please visit their website

Society for Human Resource Management

Society for Human Resource Management

ELOC’s partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) gives students the opportunity to earn Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. PDCs vary by course and are listed under Earn Continuing Education on the individual course pages. For more information about SHRM, please visit their website