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Advanced Diversity and Inclusion Strategies (DV320)

Next dates

May 2—3
2 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 1495
USD 747 per day


Many organizations with existing diversity initiatives are struggling with ways to sustain them. This workshop introduces experienced diversity professionals to skills and competencies for looking at diversity strategically. The focus is on linking diversity to an organization's strategic business objectives, its marketplace, and long-term sustained culture change.

Through this workshop, understand:

  • How to identify key points where subtle actions from executives begin to derail their positive intentions towards the D&I process.
  • Why and how to develop the “right” metrics to support sustainability at every point in the D&I process.
  • How to overcome the “middle-management roadblock” to D&I success
  • Recognizing and correcting conceptual flaws in the design of key D&I support tools such as D&I surveys, conducting focus groups, diversity councils, ERGs, succession planning, employee selection systems and D&I training.
  • Why sustainability of a diversity initiative requires moving to inclusive organizational practices
  • Why sustainability requires an examination of business and not simply human resource practices

Key Topics

The current paradigm: diversity as an initiative

The emerging paradigm: leveraging diversity/moving toward inclusion

Moving diversity from a transactional issue to a business issue

Accountability: best practices in accountability for senior managers, line managers, employees and others

Handling resistance from line leaders

A model for implementing inclusion in organizations, departments and teams

Selecting and applying diversity metrics

  • Basics in measuring progress and change
  • Understanding and defining long- and short-term success
  • Timing your evaluation for best results
  • When and how to use quantitative and qualitative metrics

Going global with D&I: what elements must change

Who should attend

D&I and HR leaders and managers with responsibility for launching, sustaining, evaluating or managing diversity and inclusion initiatives and processes.


Terrence Simmons, CEO, OneTeam Consultants, External Executive Consultant for Korn Ferry, former Partner with Global Novations, Founder and CEO at Simmons Associates of New Hope, PA and Bristol, UK, diversity consultants to many Fortune 100 firms. Formerly an HR Director at Squibb Corporation an...


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