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LeadDIVERSITY is a program in which a select group of professionals engage with regional leaders and the greater community to raise their awareness of diversity issues, build their leadership skills, and enhance their networks. Each session is designed to help participants explore the concept of diversity leadership and to analyze its personal, workplace, and community impact.
Each LeadDIVERSITY class studies corporate and nonprofit institutional approaches to civic and diversity issues. Emphasis is placed squarely on WHY diversity issues are critical to progress and WHAT participants can do to facilitate positive change – both as individuals and as part of groups. The process begins with personal experiences and expands to incorporate leadership styles, opportunities, and strategies. Participants hear from and interact with top civic and corporate leaders who hold diversity leadership as a high value.
Each year’s class of 30-35 men and women is selected through a competitive application process. The selection committee seeks applicants with proven leadership skills who have exhibited a strong community commitment.
Participants meet approximately once per month from September to June. Program days will consist of site visits, seminars, personal reflection, discussions with Northeast Ohio’s prominent leaders and policy makers and in-depth facilitated group discussion. Program days are essential to the LeadDIVERSITY program. Recognizing that illness and challenges in business schedules can occur, participants may miss no more than one session. Attendance at LeadDIVERSITY sessions entails participation for the entire day. Missing more than one session will jeopardize participant’s eligibility for graduation.