A limited number of leaders and teams will be admitted to a cohort.   The goal isn’t to be big, it’s to change things and disrupt the diversity status quo, by leveling up strategic diversity leadership capability for those who really want to commit to an rigorous and powerful journey of development.

We will choose participants based upon the quality of their application, the seriousness of their learning goals, leadership background, and our desire to create a diverse and inclusive learning community that takes into account personal characteristics, present leadership roles, long-term leadership goals, and institutional types.


The Academy experience is rigorous and costs $3,850 per individual learner.

The course is entirely virtual, so no travel is required. There may be optional opportunities to meet fellow Academy change makers, but that’s not included in tuition.

A discount is available for indivduals ($3,000) and teams ($15,000 – $3,000/Team Member), working at institutions that hosted the National Inclusive Excellence Tour, or its pre-cursor program featuring Dr. Williams in 2016 or 2017. This same discount is also available for leaders and teams that apply and are accepted on the March 30, early application deadline.

Your tuition will cover the cost of all books, resources, instruction, coaching, and use of digital leadership tools.  There is no travel, hotel, or additional fees that are required.

Access a proposal template to support your request for institutional support to participate in the program as an individual or team.

Eligible for Tuition Discount


  • The formal program will run from July 8 to August 9.
  • All learning materials will be delivered approximately 14 days before program launch, on or about June 22.
  • Strategy groups will be introduced to one another approximately 14 days before program launch, on or about June 22, to facilitate group join-up and team building.

Applications Open Applications open February 27, 2018
Early Application Deadline First priority deadline for early acceptance March 30, 2018
Early Decision Notification Early applicants are notified of acceptance into the program April 3, 2018
Early Decision Payment Due Deadline for successful early applicants to make full payment for program participation April 13, 2018
Regular Application Deadline Regular application deadline for Academy admissions May 18, 2018
Regular Notification Regular applicants are notified of acceptance into the program May 21, 2018
Regular Application Payment Due Deadline for successful regular applicants to make full payment for program participation June 4, 2018
Materials Shipped All participants receive all books, resources, tools, and case-studies associated with the program June 22, 2018
Strategy Teams Built All participants learn who is in their strategy pod and gain access to the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy Online Learning Environment June 22, 2018
Program Dates Academy launch: participants build skills, create a lasting community, and do work that matters innovating July 8 – August 9