Inclusive Leadership: Harnessing the Power of Diversity

May 6–8, 2020 $6,550
Nov 18–20, 2020 $6,550
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In collaboration with
Teachers College, Columbia University

“When harnessed effectively, diversity in the workplace can be the catalyst for creative and innovative breakthroughs and the pathway to effective teams and increased organizational performance. This program is designed to equip leaders with frameworks to diagnose diversity dynamics on their own team and in their organization so that they can intervene to create the conditions for everyone to perform to their highest potential.”
– Caryn Block and Katherine Phillips, the Program’s Faculty Co-Directors

Inclusive Leadership: Harnessing the Power of Diversity

Faculty Co-Directors Katherine Phillips and Caryn Block

Organizations are becoming increasingly diverse. Yet hiring diverse talent — taking into consideration characteristics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, and sexual orientation — 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.

This program equips executives with the skills they need to create inclusive climates that motivate and engage their teams and organizations. World-renowned faculty from Columbia Business School and Teachers College, Columbia University present actionable frameworks and cutting-edge research that participants can leverage to diagnose diversity dynamics in their teams and organization. Through the program partnership with Teachers College's department of Social-Organizational Psychology, you will benefit from a deep bench of research and scholarship on social equality, race and gender stereotypes, organizational culture, and conflict management.

The two faculty co-directors have each taught in flagship programs of the Executive Education portfolio for years, providing a small amount of their vast knowledge and experience with issues of diversity and inclusion to our programs. Here, recognizing the growing need for a deeper dive into these issues, Professors Block and Phillips team up to provide cutting-edge knowledge and experience to help executives grow and develop around this crucial topic.

During the program, participants work on a real-life diversity or inclusion challenge they are currently facing and will walk away with an action plan and new insights to address their challenge. Each participant also receives a unique intercultural competence assessment, building their self-awareness around areas for improvement and next steps for developing their intercultural skills.

At the end of the three days, participants will be more aware of diversity dynamics in their organization, understand the role of stereotypes and unconscious bias in decision making and how such forces can influence the work climate and culture, and know how they can motivate and engage everyone that they work with for increased individual and organizational performance.

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This program provides a safe environment for leaders to receive the knowledge, skills, and feedback that will make them more comfortable when talking about and managing through issues of diversity and inclusion. They will acquire a tool kit to apply as individuals, with teams, and at the organizational level to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and that attracts a diverse set of people.

Participants will:

  • Enhance their awareness of the role that stereotypes play at work and how this influences team members’ motivation and engagement
  • Acquire strategies to create an inclusive environment to overcome some of these obstacles and leverage the diversity of knowledge and experience on their team
  • Develop self-awareness of their own approach to working in diverse groups, and strategies to increase this skill set

Upon completion of this program, you will earn three days towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


The three-day program features a combination of interactive classroom learning, hands-on exercises, and participant assessments and coaching.

Sample session titles include:

  • Diversity Dynamics in Systems
  • Understanding the Benefits of Diversity in Teams
  • The Role of Unconscious Bias and Stereotypes in Organizational Life
  • How Individuals Contend with Stereotype Threat in Organizations
  • Diagnosing Diversity Dynamics in Teams and Organizations
  • Creating Inclusive Climates
  • Enhancing Your Intercultural Competence
  • Authentic Leadership for Inclusion
  • Leadership for Inclusion: Putting Understanding of Diversity Dynamics into Action

Leadership Challenge Exercise

Prior to the program, participants identify a challenge they are facing regarding inclusive leadership at their organization. At the program, participants work in groups to analyze the challenge and program faculty will guide them toward addressing it and provide a model of organizational change and performance that highlights the importance of taking a systemic perspective in leading for inclusion. During the final session of the program, the working groups reconvene to share their action plan for addressing this challenge. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the different types of challenges leaders are facing and the realization that diversity dynamics are an organizational issue – residing in multiple parts of the system, thus requiring a multi-pronged strategy to sustain changes.

For a complete program schedule, download the agenda.


This program is designed for mid- to upper-level executives that are new to leading or plan on leading inclusivity efforts in their organization as well as executives who would like to become better at leading their teams inclusively and reap the benefits of diverse teams for their organization.

The program is also appropriate for HR professionals who would like to learn best practices and strategies for workplace diversity and inclusion.

Alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for programs lasting up to seven days. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.




Caryn Block, Faculty Co-Director
Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Director of Doctoral Training, Social and Organizational Psychology Program

Caryn Block is a Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She joined Columbia University in 1991. She has received numerous awards for her excellence in teaching. Professor Block is also a faculty member in the Columbia Business School Executive Education programs that focus on leadership development. She has been working with Executive Education programs at Columbia Business School since 1997. Professor Block received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Professor Block’s research focuses on how leaders can create climates of inclusion that foster engagement and high performance for all members of their team. Her publications include work on understanding how women and people of color successfully navigate careers in professional contexts when they are in the demographic minority, as well as the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on perceptions of leaders. She has collaborated with researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to examine the impact of perceived racial discrimination at work on adjustment and with researchers at the ADVANCE Project of the National Science Foundation examining the long-term effects of stereotype threat on women scientists. She has published this work in journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Professor Block brings this work to a number of organizations in her consulting practice. She works with leaders in organizations to enhance their effectiveness at managing teams, working with diverse individuals, and creating inclusive climates. Her consulting experience has included work with senior leaders in a wide variety of industries in the United States, Asia, Israel, and Australia.

Katherine Phillips, Faculty Co-Director
Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character, Columbia Business School
Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Katherine Phillips’ research addresses the main questions of “what is the value of diversity” and “what are the barriers that prevent society, organizations and especially work teams from capturing the knowledge, perspectives and unique backgrounds of every member.” Her recent research interests tackle issues around the intersection of race and gender stereotypes, the relationship between diversity and perceptions of morality, and insights on how homogeneity affects group processes just as much as diversity itself.

Before joining Columbia, she was associate professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Co-Director and founder of Northwestern's Center on the Science of Diversity. She has also been a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences. Professor Phillips received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Phillips is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including top awards and recognition from the International Association of Conflict Management, the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Excellence in Work-Family Research Award, and the Gender, Diversity and Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. More of her award-winning work can be found in scholarly outlets such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organization Science and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.


Along with Professors Phillips and Block, additional Columbia Business School and Teachers College faculty contribute to and teach in the program.

* Program location may vary. While the majority of our programs run on campus, some programs may run off campus in New York City.