Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training

Moving From Awareness to Action
Change mindsets, build skills and behaviors, so everyone in your organization thrives and feels that they belong.

Multiple studies have proven that diverse teams drive better business performance and equitable and inclusive organizations become more resilient, collaborative, and innovative.
DEI learning and development is essential to attract and retain top talent.

Research-based DEI training that develops inclusive leaders and builds a culture of inclusion and engagement

Organizations are becoming increasingly diverse. Yet hiring diverse talent — taking into consideration characteristics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and identity — is only the first step in creating an inclusive organization. It is essential for leaders to be able to create inclusive environments so that everyone is able to fully engage in the work.

What distinguishes inclusive leaders from others?

Inclusive leaders consistently recognize the unique characteristics of each person in their workplace with the goals of improving overall performance potential. Inclusive leaders excel in five traits and five competencies. They bring awareness and clarity to problem areas, they practice courageous accountability to help resolve those problems, they empower others, and they foster innovative collaboration to unlock the unique contributions of each person in a group.

Why choose a Training Program with Inclusive Leaders Group?

  • Assessment and Feedback: The power of individual assessments makes the training experience a customized one, offering a well-rounded picture of an individual’s strengths, development needs, and leadership style — frequently cited as the most valuable part of our programs.
  • Personalized Attention: A high facilitator-to-participant ratio provides the individual attention that fosters customized development, whether in-person or virtual.
  • Experiential Learning: Special, engaging activities and breakout sessions offer participants the chance to practice new behaviors while learning from their program peers.
  • Goal-Setting: Participants are given time to integrate the lessons of their leadership training experience and encouraged to create personal and professional goals.
  • Peer Learning: Program participants interact with and learn from peers in other departments who face similar challenges. Custom program participants often spend time with managers from across their business, facilitating internal collaboration.

Training Modalities

Instructor-Led Delivery (in-person or virtual)

Instructor Led Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) allows you to build upon learned knowledge by giving learners a chance to put knowledge and skills into practice through classroom activities. The bonus of vILT is it allows you to reach learners near and far with training that’s as equally engaging, interactive, and effective as in-person training — without the pricey travel costs – and remaining socially distanced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

E-Learning Development

We also develop engaging, media-rich learning modules to suit your organization’s self-paced training needs and LMS.

Live Distance Learning with Tangible Results

Our online live instructor-led programs deliver critical skills that advance teams and organizations. Engage in an innovative virtual online learning experience that immerses your leaders in compelling conversations with small cohorts and teaches them how to navigate daily change and disruption through interactive exercises.

Custom and Flexible

Customized DEI training flexibly delivered ranging from 90-minutes with your senior executives to two days for high-potential leaders or managers, to help you leverage diversity, equity and inclusion in the talent lifecycle, and develop your management team into inclusive leaders.


Inclusive Leadership Suite

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP - Foundations and Advanced

These Inclusive Leadership Workshops are ILG’s signature courses, framed around the extensive research done by Korn-Ferry on Inclusive Leadership traits and emphasizes the need for these traits because of the diversity of markets, customers, ideas and talent. Before the custom workshops, participants will gain insight and feedback through a highly valid and reliable assessment Learn More.

Inclusive leaders are essential to closing this gap between diversity policy and inclusion practice. These leaders are able to leverage the wealth of knowledge, insights, and perspectives that diverse teams offer through creating an open and trusting workplace. By truly valuing diversity, these leaders unlock the competitive advantage that inclusive workplaces generate, becoming a magnet for the attracting and retaining top talent. The workshop will engage leaders no matter where they are in their inclusion journey, to apply an inclusion lens to their everyday work.


Recent research has shown that Teams that are inclusive and achieve higher engagement, greater innovation, and higher team performance overall.

Teams towards inclusion requires commitment to developing the leadership traits and skills of flexibility, adaptability, openness and authenticity. Through fostering inclusive leadership at the frontline, middle, and top levels of the organization, senior leaders can nurture a culture where everyone is welcome, feel that they belong, and able to contribute their optimal performance.

Looking to drive engagement, innovation and profitable growth by developing inclusive leaders and teams?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Suite


Through a combination of learning and development, small and large group discussions, and skill acquisition sessions, this workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations about diversity and inclusion. The training provides concrete, actionable tools to empower employees and leaders to advance organizations journey of inclusion.

At the end of this training session, participants will be able to:

  • Define both diversity and inclusion for the organization
  • Discuss how beliefs and behavior impact performance in the workplace
  • Increase awareness of their personal cultural lens and how that lens impacts others around diversity issues
  • Exhibit self-reflection as an Ally, tell the difference between Allyship and being an Accomplice, and  know how to speak up and intervene in workplace marginalization
  • Understand how you can contribute to creating an inclusive culture of belonging
  • Commit to skill building with an individual action plan


To be fully effective, both talent management and D&I must align with the needs of the business. More importantly, integration efforts need to be rooted in a strategic plan that is supported at the top, involves multiple stakeholders, and tracks and measures progress. In this workshop, we examine the challenges and explore solutions at each stage of the talent management lifecycle. Better integration of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) with talent management makes each more effective.

Too often, though, organizational silos inhibit this important union — creating significant opportunity cost in attracting, developing, and retaining talent. The same behaviors that make D&I effective (leveraging diverse skills and perspectives, treating everyone with respect, creating equitable opportunities for growth and development) also strengthen the talent management process. Consequently, it makes perfect sense for organizations to be deliberate in their efforts to integrate them.


Modular Format: Course includes five (5) Talent Lifecycle modules; Attraction & Recruitment, Interviewing & Selection, Communication & Engagement, Performance & Training & Development, and Career Development & Succession Planning. Course Can Be Delivered Flexibly, Client Can Select Entire Talent Lifecycle, or Select Particular Modules.

Seeking to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a business imperative this year?



There is no such thing as a workplace that lacks diversity. Despite decades of legal and social reform aimed at reducing discrimination in the workplace, inequality continues to be a significant problem in all societies and most workplaces. In this workshop, you will identify the perceptual and psychological processes that impact the way that individuals interact with people who are demographically dissimilar from them. You will examine the psychological processes that impact decision making within organizations and identify how professionals can design better work practices and help to leverage the potential more effectively among employees. – “Unconscious racial bias – our subconscious associations of race – permeates everything that we do. In these tumultuous times of disparities and protests, we must be aware and accountable to disrupt it and other forms of bias.” – Charlotte Hughes, Co-Founder and CEO, Inclusive Leaders Group (ILG)


Introduces key concepts around race, ethnicity, identity & cultural inclusion. We explore varied ethnic minority/people of color experiences in the workplace and define some of the key language and nuances around race and ethnicity. The session ends with practical everyday tips on being more aware & inclusive of teammates of all backgrounds. This training can be general or tailored to focus on specific groups and their experiences such as Black inclusion in the workplace.


Allyship: How to be an active ally and advocate for diversity.

This training explores how to be a more active ally and advocate for marginalized groups. It explores the basics around language and takes participants through a journey to better understand the experiences of underrepresented groups in the workplace. Sessions can be run with a specific focus in mind (i.e., LGBTQ+ allyship or Women allyship or racial minority advocacy) or as more generalized sessions focused on the importance of intersectionality and on being an effective ally across communities. The Allyship Skills Workshop teaches simple everyday techniques people can use to make their workplaces more inclusive. This highly interactive workshop helps people recognize when they have power and influence—when they can best act as an ally—and learn how to take effective action to make their workplace better.


Does your organization face an international client base? Does your staff have to coordinate with colleagues across a global organization? Can you afford jeopardizing critical relationships and opportunities due to cultural gaps? Participants in our Cross Cultural Communication workshop learn essential communication skills for operating in today’s global economy. They learn a variety of tools for building and navigating relationships with international counterparts, and explore how cultural differences can impact communication, as well as things that they can do to help ensure that differences in beliefs, customs, values, and norms do not negatively impact their relationships.


Today’s successful businesses are weaving diversity, inclusion, and belonging into their culture, and they’re not shying away from the difficult conversations that may arise with an open dialog. The biggest challenge in dismantling racist or biased systems is getting people, who aren’t directly affected, to not only care but to be proactive in creating equal and collaborative workplace cultures. ILG’s Having Challenging Conversations workshop is the perfect solution for anyone who struggles with or avoids difficult conversations. Participants learn how to use a simple, yet effective communication framework to address all types of challenging dynamics. We show them how to transform their most intimidating situations into opportunities for building stronger relationships and improving outcomes.


We offer LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Belonging workshops on a variety of levels, from introductory to advanced, on multiple topics not limited to those listed below. We are also happy to tailor a workshop to the specific needs of your organization. Workshops include a 60 minute virtual keynote presentation and discussion, as well as a virtual workshop with interactive activities, and question & answer periods.

  • Understanding Pronouns Workshop
  • Exploring Gender Identity and Expression
  • LGBTQ 101


In this workshop, you will learn how to make disability inclusion an explicit part of your overall business strategy. Starting with a broad overview of the role HR professionals play in addressing this issue, you will maximize workplace disability inclusion and minimize disability discrimination across the employment process. You will discuss the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities, employers, and the business case for aligning disability inclusion with a company’s strategic human-capital, diversity, and customer-service imperatives. You will also dive into the implications of effective HR policies and practices in the recruitment and hiring process, career development and retention initiatives, and compensation and benefits programs. Finally, you will utilize metrics and analytics to measure the employee benefit of inclusion in your organization.

Prioritizing one of these talent and organizational development priorities at this time?


MENTAL HEALTH: The Next Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

One in five people are impacted by a mental health issue in a year. Mental health is the diversity dimension that is often undetected, invisible and untreated due to stigma. Inclusive workplaces address mental health and enable leaders to create a stigma-free culture that is supportive and focused on awareness with prevention. In this session, we explain why mental health is the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion, address common perceptions about mental health at work, discuss real case studies from leading companies paving the way for mental health within their D&I strategies, and learn practical applications for including mental health initiatives aligned with your values and strategy to attract and retain a diverse workforce. – “Over 90% of employees are affected by mental health, both personally or their family members. It impacts every team and every collaboration. Companies that want to create inclusive workplaces need to make mental health a diversity and inclusion priority.” – Susan H. May, PhD, Inclusive Leaders Group Senior Advisor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Developing Culturally Competent Employee Well-being

This course examines advancing multicultural competent, and inclusive environments within well-being best practices. The course will help develop knowledge, awareness, and skills delivering best in class well-being programs that are equitable and culturally appropriate programs and services for wellness  include defining; multicultural competency, cultural sensitivity, and developing program initiatives focused on inclusion and well-being to address differences with organizations related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, country of origin, culture, political, religious, language, sexual orientation, physical and cognitive abilities. – “Best-practice diversity and inclusion organizational workplaces recognize employee health and well-being as an issue of inclusion and belonging. In return, employees with high levels of well-being are more inclusive, engaged, collaborative, and productive.” – Ebony Schumake Berry, Inclusive Leaders Group Senior Consultant and Facilitator.


These courses raise consciousness through contemplative practices such as mindfulness to address individual, interpersonal, and systemic diversity, equity & inclusion issues in the workplace. Mindfulness is present moment awareness: an ancient eastern practice that encourages us to pay attention to this current moment rather than focusing on an individual’s past or future. Mindfulness has positive implications for health/wellness, self-empowerment, lowering implicit bias, culturally inclusive leadership, and social & environmental justice. ILG offers mindfulness educational, training seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, Cultural Competence, Implicit Bias, Anti-Racism, and Inclusive Leadership.

Looking to focus on mental health as a diversity and inclusion matter this year?



ILG webinars and podcasts are video and audio presentations created to empower you with diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that you can immediately put into action with your teams and organization. Gain greater insights on today’s issues and transform your culture to achieve your business goals. Your choice of topics including: Race & Ethnicity, Sex, Gender, and Identity, Disrupting Bias Training, Microaggressions, Institutional Racism, White Privilege Work, Strategic Diversity Plans.


We have worked with clients at all stages of their diversity and inclusion journey. No matter where you are on yours, we can help.
Contact our learning team today for a free consultation.