The Program

Leading Inclusive Teams is a six-week learning community, combining asynchronous modules, small group peer-coaching, and live workshops. Gain evidence-based knowledge and practical tools to help you design and lead diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) teams and organizations. Deepen your understanding of identity dynamics in the workplace, gain new skills to identify privilege, mitigate bias, call in others to crucial conversations, and be an active ally. Acquire organizational tools to lead inclusive teams, create equitable organizational processes, and lead DEI strategic changes in your organizations. You’ll meet weekly in a small pod of four to five peers to reflect on your DEI journey, practice new skills, and apply insights to your academic and professional work, while also participating in full-cohort events. Each pod will be supported by an executive coach to deepen the learning and help set you up for success to serve as a rotating pod meeting facilitator.

This program is generously sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation.

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Gabriela Alvarez

“The LIT program offered our team a safe and intentional space to have courageous and vulnerable conversations, truly reflecting our authentic selves. Additionally, the content and resources are great to support individual DEI goals and journeys. I would highly recommend LIT to other graduate students.”

Gabriela Alvarez Estades, MBA ’23

Program Type

Learning Community

Key Dates

2023 Program

Leading Inclusive Teams runs from 2/2-3/31 with asynchronous and small group learning and coaching in between three live events. Virtual event dates are:

  • Kickoff: Feb 2 | 4:30-6 PM on Zoom
  • Midway Workshop: Mar 10 | 10-11:30 AM on Zoom
  • Capstone Event: Mar 31 | 10-11:30 AM on Zoom

Time Commitment

  • 1.5 hours per week: 30 minutes completing weekly modules, 1 hour with our pod and intentional experimentation with leadership behaviors
  • 4.5 hours total of live instruction throughout the program

Leadership Coaching

As part of a small learning pod, you’ll be paired with an executive coach to deepen your learning. Learn more about our group coaching approach on our coaching page.

Participant Requirements

  • Open to all Ross graduate students
  • Ability to complete five asynchronous learning modules and engage in weekly small group discussions

Skills You’ll Learn

Learn Why DEI Matters
Describe the organizational bonuses and challenges of diversity, and identify when and why diversity is most likely to lead to positive outcomes

Understand Identity Dynamics
Deepen your understanding of different demographic differences and how identity, implicit bias, and structural inequalities impact workplace dynamics

Lead Equitable and Inclusive Teams
Identify best practices for equitable organizational processes and norms, as well for inclusive team dynamics, including conflict management skills, group decision making best practices, and emotion regulation

Gain Tools for DEI Strategic Change
Gain tools for the implementation of DEI strategies in organizations, including the architecture of DEI groups, the role of data and metrics, and tools to integrate DEI into the very heart of an organization