The Academy Experience


The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy is an immersive, dynamic experience that will equip you with the skills and tools to lead change at your home institution. Attending the Academy will sharpen your understanding of the artful science of strategic diversity leadership though learning, collaboration, application, and reflection on what it takes to make real change happen.

The Academy program features:

  • Live online seminars
  • Live online burning question dialogue sessions
  • Exclusive video learning modules
  • Digital toolsand resources
  • Real world diversity and inclusion case-studies
  • Small, high-intensitystrategy teams
  • Best-in-class books, briefs, and strategy templates
  • Individual learning and development plans
  • Personal and institutional coaching, along with world-class facilitation
Application Process


While the videos, resources, and tools used by the Academy are world-class, the true magic of the program is in the peer-to-peer connections. The Academy environment is designed to facilitate powerful team work, to encourage each participant to learn, grow, and stretch. Each participant will work intensively within a 5-person strategy team, and also have opportunities to interact across the entire leadership cohort.

Within the Academy experience, your peers are just as integral to your learning as the faculty members and facilitators. You will be learning alongside talented business leaders who represent widely diverse functions, industries, and geographies.

You will remember (and be changed by) your fellow learners, building a community that will stay with you for many years to come. This is why the program is highly selective and competitive, designed to assemble an outstanding cohort of leaders, who are committed to taking this journey together.


You can attend the Academy from your home or workplace, but it does require a significant investment of both time and effort. Do not apply for the program if you cannot make a five-week, intensive commitment to yourself and your learning community.

Here are some minimum expectations, to help you understand what to expect from the Academy experience:

  • 15+ hours of Course Readings
  • 15+hours of Online Video Module Content
  • 15hours of Live Class Time (3 hours per week)
  • 12 hours of Live Team Time with your strategy pod (3 hours per week)
  • Preparation of 1 Individual Leadership Development Project
  • Preparation of 1 Institutional Translation Projectwith your strategy pod
  • Preparation of 3 Institutional Case-Study Strategy Team Projects
  • Optional participation in Burning Question Discussion Forums
  • 1-2 hours of Individual or Team Leadership Coaching Per Week

Note that all readings, case-studies, videos, and tools will be provided approximately 14-21 days before program launch, and participants should plan to familiarize themselves with the pre-materials prior to the launch of the Academy program. This is to ensure maximum group, application, reflection, and team-time benefits for all participants.

Note also that you are expected toinvest in a minimum of 3 hours of team interaction per week. The Academy is a rigorous leadership environment and it will require a commitment from you, your family, and your institution if it is to truly work.

We will expect you to work harder than you have ever previously worked online. In return, you will receive a significant level of professional, individualized support, along with a range of appropriate tools, and a community who are collectively striving to improve their abilities as strategic diversity leaders, and do meaningful work that will create real change in the world.