Diversity & Inclusion New Leaders Academy

The Conference Board is a business membership and research organization that works with its member firms to conduct research, share best practices, and help businesses and professionals excel. One of their focus areas is Human Capital, and they offer a “New Leader Academy” in the field.

And starting tomorrow, I’ll be joining the faculty.

Before I let this sound more grand than it really is, I have to confess that it’s not that big of a deal. I’m one of three presenters in a single 2-hour session. The session is meant to cover Diversity & Inclusion programs and processes at member firms, to help participants in the academy learn best practices from subject matter experts.

Apparently they think I’m a subject matter expert. I suppose I’d better hurry up and figure out something to say, no?

I’m afraid I’ll look like this to the audience, only not anywhere near as stylish or cute.

All joking aside, I’ll be sharing information about my employer’s Employee Resource Groups, the way they’re structured, the areas they focus on, and how their progress and success are measured. The academy has specifically asked me to also discuss some of the phenomenal programs that our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group has developed over the past several years.

For all I know, this might end up being a one-time thing, and it’s not even a paid gig, but I’m still ridiculously excited. The participants in this program are senior leaders in HR and Diversity, coming in from around the country, and they’ll be looking to me as an expert in our field.

It may not be a prestigious professorship at an Ivy-league university, but it’s a start.

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