Inclusive Leadership: Fostering Diversity to Drive Performance

Carlson School of Management

Carlson School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Mid to senior-level leaders
  • HR professionals
  • C-suite leaders

About the course

Inclusiveness isn’t just nice to have on teams. Research shows that it directly enhances business performance. As a leader, you're uniquely positioned to create a culture where employees feel valued through everyday business practices. This course takes a two-fold approach to help you improve diversity and inclusion at your organization. You'll enhance your own inclusive leadership skills and learn a systems design approach for fostering a profitable and diverse culture.

Diversity has the potential to benefit employees and organizations alike, yet the benefits of diversity are only realized in organizations with inclusive leadership practices. This two-day course is tailored to the perspective of leaders who wish to increase organizational value through improving workplace diversity and fostering an inclusive culture.

This leader-focused programming zeros-in on specific diversity and inclusion strategies to implement at their organizations. Participants will build their own capabilities as inclusive leaders, deep-dive into a systems design approach to inclusion, experiment with common workplace scenarios, and spend time to develop an action plan for their organization. Courses will be led by Carlson School of Management faculty and thought leaders from the business community. Participants will also hear from a panel of regional business leaders who will discuss their approaches to developing business culture.

At the end of the course, participants will develop an action plan to implement at their organization. This course includes a faculty-led virtual check-in after 90 days for participants to share immediate successes and challenges as well as regroup for work going forward.

Key Benefits

  • Learn how to develop and communicate a cogent argument in favor of inclusion in organizations
  • Recognize opportunities and obstacles in your organization’s culture
  • Explore the business levers within your control and develop systems that facilitate the long-term maintenance of inclusive behavior
  • Develop the skills and competencies needed to be a more inclusive leader
  • Identify strategies to understand and deal with cultural differences and conflict across those differences
  • Walk through critical issues raised in workplace scenarios and how they impact potential communication and outcomes


Amy Tolbert

Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP develops multicultural organizations and individuals by bringing you cutting-edge topics, such as, multicultural and diversity initiatives, sales education and training, leadership competency development, managing to style, and creating breakthrough teams. She is princi...

Valerie Jensen

Val Jensen is the president of Azon Consulting and expert in leading cultural change and talent development across and within organizations. She currently serves as director of the St. Paul Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Department. She speaks, writes, and advises on leadership, di...

Abdifatah Ali

Dr. Abdifatah A. Ali is an Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations in the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Michigan State University. Abdifatah’s research interests focus on understanding how individuals with stig...

John Kammeyer-Mueller

Dr. Kammeyer-Mueller's research examines how employees adjust to new jobs, the process of career development, and how attitudes and emotions shape behavior in organizations. He is particularly interested in learning how interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors can affect how ne...

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