Carnegie Mellon University

Leading Change for Equitable, Inclusive, and Diverse Workplaces

Your company has committed to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B). Now what? This program gives leaders who are implementing DEI&B initiatives the tools and frameworks for selecting organization-appropriate interventions and successful implementation. 

Most leaders already understand the moral and business imperative for increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) in the workplace. But, like any other type of strategic organizational change, leading and managing DEI&B initiatives takes a skilled leader and a well-considered team to implement significant and lasting change. Unlike other forms of strategic organizational change, the specific forms of opposition leaders face may be particularly difficult to address.

What initiatives work and why? Who needs to be involved in the creation of such initiatives, and how do such initiatives need to be positioned and communicated? How can you address resistance? This program draws on cutting-edge research on diversity initiative effectiveness and implementation to guide you through the process of deciding which initiatives might work best for your organization, which stakeholders need to support the work, how to recruit supporters, and the data collection and communication that needs to occur for initiatives to succeed and last.

Program Topics

  • What interventions have successful track records  
  • Building the change leadership team
  • Setting the stage for success 
  • Sustaining the change and addressing resistance

"My goal is to help participants see and articulate what is unique and valuable about both themselves and others so they can effectively use their professional and personal networks to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces."

— Rosalind Chow, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizationl Behavior and Theory

Key Takeaways

During the program, participants will:

  • Learn the latest research on which DEI&B initiatives are effective, which are less effective, and why
  • Assess their organizational landscape for coalition building
  • Analyze the cultural currency of their organization and learn to communicate about the initiative in ways that fit within the organization’s values
  • Discuss the unique challenges of implementing DEI&B programming and ways to sustain progress in the face of resistance

Who should attend?

Leaders tasked with implementing core DEI&B strategies for their organizations should attend.

* Special pricing is available for individual and group registrations. More information is available here.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes all individuals to participate in and attend Executive Education programs and events, on campus and/or online, as outlined in the university’s Statement of Assurance.

Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to accommodate requests for support for guests, visitors, and alumni with disabilities. To discuss your individual or group accommodation requests, please contact Carnegie Mellon's Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of your program start date.

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or to learn more.

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