Inclusive Leadership Certificate

Kelley School of Business

Kelley School of Business


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Who should attend

This online certificate is designed for individuals preparing for leadership roles, or experienced leaders looking to develop additional capabilities in diversity and inclusion practices. The certificate is appropriate for any industry and organizational size. It is also designed for those new to diversity, equity, and inclusion roles, those in operational and HR management, and anyone who desires to advance their professional development by building skills to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion on their team and in the organization.

About the course

Inclusive leadership is critical to all organizations in today’s global economy.

The Inclusive Leadership Certificate prepares individuals to lead high-performing groups and to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations. As businesses and organizations compete for a diverse market of consumers, clients, and talent, the ability to leverage the power of diverse teams is a critical skill.

This certificate is designed to help current and future leaders gain a more comprehensive understanding of workplace diversity and how a leader’s conduct affects the self-confidence and job performance of fellow employees. Experienced faculty from the Kelley School will help you identify specific strategies to increase inclusive leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness.

People who earn this online leadership certificate will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of workforce diversity and how the quality of a leader’s inclusive/exclusive conduct affects employees’ self-confidence, quality of effort, achievement, motivation, and job performance
  • Become more conscious of hidden biases, and learn how to diminish or eliminate them from their leadership behaviors
  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to develop as an inclusive leader
  • Identify specific strategies to increase inclusive leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness
  • Apply inclusive leadership concepts to self, teams, and the organization

Integrated Curriculum for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative online programs. This 12-week program is delivered by full-time faculty members from the #1–ranked Kelley Direct Online MBA Program (Poets&Quants, 2021).

This certificate will require three to four hours of work per week, half of which will consist of a live synchronous session. The program is designed to have maximum career impact and does not end with the last day of class.

The curriculum is divided into four three-week courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks.

Diversity and You: Making the Business and Personal Case

In this course, you will learn about the business case for diversity and inclusion, the dimensions of diversity, and the traits of an inclusive leader. You will be asked to assess your own openness and unconscious biases and gain insights into your strengths and opportunities for targeted growth on selected inclusive leadership skill dimensions. You’ll learn to value differences, challenge false assumptions, and begin to exercise moral courage.

Interpersonal Strategies: Developing the Required Competencies

In this course, you will learn to develop skills for one-on-one inclusion strategies, including emotional intelligence, active listening, courage, humility, and curiosity. You’ll learn how to improve your cross-cultural competence and will learn the role that trust, fairness, and consistency play in an inclusive mindset.

Leading Inclusive Teams: Leveraging Diversity for the Best Results

In this course, you will learn to lead high-performing inclusive teams, relying on principles such as empowerment, accountability, and collaboration. You’ll learn why team members engage and how to recognize patterns of disengagement. We’ll also discuss the role that mentorships, sponsorship programs, and affinity groups play in developing inclusive teams.

Developing an Inclusive Organization: Applying the Learning for Impact

This final capstone course will focus on the practical application of inclusive leadership skills. You will choose a relevant project that enables you to use the principles learned in these courses to improve diversity and inclusion practices in your own organization. Projects may address talent acquisition and retention strategy, succession planning, increasing diverse engagement on projects, increasing diversity and inclusion efforts in marketing strategy or supplier diversity efforts, creating sponsorships/mentorships/affinity groups, conducting an employee engagement survey and recommending resulting actions, etc. You’ll receive one-on-one faculty coaching as you design and execute this project.


Carolyn Goerner

Carolyn Goerner is a Clinical Professor of Management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. Currently, she teaches Strategic Human Resources in Kelley’s Integrated Core in addition to courses in negotiation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Goerner complet...

Arthur Lopez

Arthur Andrew Lopez is a Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics and earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from Areas of Expertise Ethical Decision Making, Civil Rights/Social Justice, Employment Discrimination Academic Degrees JD, Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington B.S.E...

Ernest O'Boyle

Areas of Expertise individual differences, Dark Triad of personality, counterproductive work behavior, research methods, ethics Academic Degrees Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010 Awards, Honors & Certificates 2016-Collegiate Teaching Award, Tippie College of Business, Universit...

Anjanette Raymond

Anjanette (Angie) Raymond is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, at the Kelley School of Areas of Expertise Legal Aspects of: International and Domestic Contracts, International Commercial Law, International and Domestic Secured Transactions, Cloud Computing, Big ...

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

Areas of Expertise Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Dispute Resolution: Conflict Management, Team Performance and Group Processes, Cultural Competencies in Organizations Academic Degrees JD, Indiana University, 1991 MEd, Ohio University, 1986 BS, Ohio University, 1976 Professional Experience A...

Maqubè Reese

Maqubè Reese is assistant director for the Kelley School of Business Office of Diversity Initiatives. Maqubè holds a Master of Social Work degree from the IUPUI School of Social Work and a BS degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Her work includes anti-racist training for Kelley staff and s...

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