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Inclusive Leadership in Action: Addressing DEIA Systemically


Efforts to make government more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible (DEIA) have brought us far – especially by providing the knowledge and language to understand how to further promote DEIA practices. But there is still much work to do. Making meaningful progress on the vision of the Strategic Plan to “embed DEIA throughout the federal workforce” - begins with your own work.

In this highly interactive course, you’ll explore what it means to lead inclusively from “the inside out.” You’ll start by analyzing your own biases, mindsets, beliefs, and behaviors to help you better lead inclusively. Using tools such as systems mapping, you’ll analyze the organizational systems and structures that need examining in order to create and sustain inclusive cultures.

In this safe learning environment, you’ll also work through your own real-life challenges and practice skills needed to promote cultures that are inclusive, teams that are diverse, and systems and policies that are equitable and accessible to all.


  • Conflict Management

  • ECQ 1: Leading Change

  • ECQ 2: Leading People

  • Leveraging Diversity

  • Resilience

  • Strategic Thinking


  • 3 days


  • Online


Through courageous dialogue and constructive discomfort, you’ll engage with your peers across the federal workforce to diagnose and address systemic DEIA challenges by:

  • Diagnosing the root cause of complex inclusive leadership challenges by examining systems, practices, and mindsets that hinder progress.

  • Reflecting upon your own role in hindering or fostering a culture of inclusion.

  • Determining specific actions needed to move toward diverse, inclusive cultures.

  • Working through real-life inclusive leadership challenges, analyzing them from organization, team, and individual perspectives.

  • Practicing the leadership actions needed to sustain shifts in DEIA values, beliefs, and behaviors.

  • Addressing organizational and leadership issues, behaviors, loyalties, biases, and values that need to be examined or shifted to sustain change.

  • Adopting a mindset of experimentation when solutions are unclear and futures uncertain.



Who Should Attend

This course is for all government leaders but may be especially impactful for those grappling with complex leadership challenges such as:

  • Leading long term change initiatives

  • Influencing culture change to increase inclusivity

  • Increasing collaboration across multiple (often competing) stakeholder groups

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