Executive Leadership Program: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The SGO Executive Leadership Program in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (‘DEI’) is designed to create a lifelong learning experience for forward-thinking leaders who care deeply about making lasting and meaningful change. We intentionally foster an environment where executives can have ongoing conversations, ask difficult questions, and form relationships designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their company. The SGO Executive Leadership Program is dynamic and engaging, bringing together people who have similar complex challenges, in a space where learning and development is paramount. Our goals are to make sure that learning is translated into action by helping attendees move the needle toward equity for all within their company.

We will provide expert facilitation in a safe space and encourage thoughtful conversations, helping you problem solve real world issues that show up at work. You will receive a toolkit filled with tips and tools, as well as space to take notes during each session. 

Intended Audience:

Each cohort is designed for:

  • Executives and VPs
  • Directors and senior leaders
  • Startup founders and VCs

Length: Five two-hour sessions

Audience Size: 7-12 people


Session 1: Introductions, Identity, and Foundations

  • General introductions, program overview
  • Review and discuss the foundational concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion
  • What does DEI mean for leadership
  • Practice having conversations about our identities and experiences
  • Break down related terminology and concepts

Session 2: Unconscious Bias, Socialization, and Oppression

  • Discussion of cycle of socialization and frameworks associated with bias
  • Understand what unconscious bias is and how it shows up in the workplace and beyond
  • Introduce the concept of oppression and the various levels at which it exists: ideological, internalized, interpersonal, and institutional

Session 3: Skill Building - Power, Privilege, and Allyship

  • Discuss how power and privilege play into our everyday lives from a personal and professional angle
  • Review ways to be an ally on a individual and institutional level
  • Learn how to recognize and respond to various manifestations of bias and oppression

Session 4: Organizational Assessment

  • Discuss policies, processes, and opportunities for change within the work environment
  • Review tools to assess inclusive organizations
  • Begin assessing organizational domains using various frameworks [depending on  group, ICOD, anti-racist continuum, etc.]
  • Start developing a plan to effectively support change at work

Session 5: Organizational Action Planning

  • Begin developing an action plan for your company
  • Review best practices and next steps to ensure sustainability of action plan

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