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Inclusive Leadership Online Certificate and Digital Badge2022-08-21T21:51:25-04:00

Inclusive leadership is critical to all organizations in today’s global economy.

The Inclusive Leadership Certificate prepares individuals to lead high-performing groups and to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations. As businesses and organizations compete for a diverse market of consumers, clients, and talent, the ability to leverage the power of diverse teams is a critical skill.

This certificate is designed to help current and future leaders gain a more comprehensive understanding of workplace diversity and how a leader’s conduct affects the self-confidence and job performance of fellow employees. Experienced faculty from the Kelley School will help you identify specific strategies to increase inclusive leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness.

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When you receive your certificate, you’ll also receive a digital badge to show mastery of inclusive leadership best practices. It can appear on your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other sites as verifiable evidence of the skills you gained through the top-ranked Kelley School of Business.

You’ll also have the option to earn 3 credit hours that can be applied to the Business Management Graduate Certificate, which is one of several 12 credit hour graduate certificate programs offered by Executive Degree Programs. The certificate can be applied to the Executive Degree Programs online MBA, MS in Finance, or MS in Strategic Management.

In order to earn the 3 credit hours, participants must attend a minimum of 80% of the sessions and submit a capstone project that demonstrates learning from the four courses, and apply the learning to a real or proposed project at the participant’s workplace.

Capstone projects may include talent acquisition and retention strategy, succession planning, increasing diverse engagement on projects, increasing diversity and inclusion efforts in their organization’s marketing strategy or supplier diversity efforts, creating sponsorships/mentorships/affinity groups, conducting an employee engagement survey and recommending resulting actions, etc.

Inclusive Leadership Online Certificate and Digital Badge

Format: Online program comprising four courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks. Students will attend all four courses to earn the certificate. The program includes a weekly 90-minute live session with faculty and all students. These sessions are recorded and posted for those who may not be able to attend.

Estimated Time Commitment: Three to four hours per week including the weekly live session.

Two Flexible Paths:

Certificate Only: Successful completion of this program will earn you the Inclusive Leadership Certificate. You will also receive a digital badge for inclusion on social media platforms. The cost is $3,200 (discounts may apply).

For Credit: After successful completion of this program, you may apply to earn 3 graduate credits from the Kelley School of Business. These credits can be transferred to the Business Management Graduate Certificate, which is a 12 credit graduate-level program.* Those 12 credits can then be transferred to the Kelley Online MBA degree, the Kelley MS in Finance, or the Kelley MS in Strategic Management. This stackable credential is ideal for students looking to ultimately complete a degree program within the Kelley School of Business, or for students whose tuition assistance programs require the courses to be credit-bearing for eligibility. The program cost for the certificate plus 3 credits is $3,500 (discounts may apply).

*Application to the graduate certificate is still required. For more information on transferring credits, please contact edp@indiana.edu.

Flexible Payment Options: Please take advantage of special discount offers listed below.

We accept PayPal for non-credit certificates. Students who qualify for PayPal Credit can take advantage of interest-free offers that enable you to spread payments over several months. If you need an individual payment plan, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Registering early? We can bill you two weeks before class starts. Select “Bill Me Before Class Starts” as a payment option when you checkout.

Is your employer paying for the course? Select “Send My Employer an Invoice” as the payment option to reserve your spot in class and put the employer’s info into the billing address details and we can invoice them directly.

  • 25% off for early registrants. Receive 25% off certificate and individual courses when you register and pay 30 days prior to class start. Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout.

  • 35% off for IU faculty, staff, and alumni

  • 50% off for Kelley School of Business alumni

  • Discounts are also available for Kelley School of Business staff and faculty. Contact Trudi at tkessle@iu.edu or complete the form for promotional codes.

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Spring: Mar. 6 – June 23

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Inclusive Leadership Online Certificate: Key Takeaways

Is the Inclusive Leadership Certificate right for you?

This online certificate is designed for individuals preparing for leadership roles, or experienced leaders looking to develop additional capabilities in diversity and inclusion practices. The certificate is appropriate for any industry and organizational size. It is also designed for those new to diversity, equity, and inclusion roles, those in operational and HR management, and anyone who desires to advance their professional development by building skills to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion on their team and in the organization.

People who earn this online leadership certificate will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of workforce diversity and how the quality of a leader’s inclusive/exclusive conduct affects employees’ self-confidence, quality of effort, achievement, motivation, and job performance
  • Become more conscious of hidden biases, and learn how to diminish or eliminate them from their leadership behaviors
  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to develop as an inclusive leader
  • Identify specific strategies to increase inclusive leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness
  • Apply inclusive leadership concepts to self, teams, and the organization

Inclusive Leader Online Certificate: Key Takeaways

Is the Inclusive Leadership Certificate right for you?

This online certificate is designed for individuals preparing for leadership roles, or experienced leaders looking to develop additional capabilities in diversity and inclusion practices. It is also designed for those new to diversity, equity, and inclusion roles, those in operational and HR management, and anyone who desires to advance their professional development by building skills to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion on their team and in the organization. The certificate is appropriate for any industry and organizational size.

People who earn this online leadership certificate will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of workforce diversity and how the quality of a leader’s inclusive/exclusive conduct affects employees’ self-confidence, quality of effort, achievement, motivation, and job performance
  • Become more conscious of hidden biases, and learn how to diminish or eliminate them from their leadership behaviors
  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to develop as an inclusive leader
  • Identify specific strategies to increase inclusive leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness
  • Apply inclusive leadership concepts to self, teams, and the organization

Integrated Curriculum for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative online programs. This 12-week program is delivered by full-time faculty members from the #1–ranked Kelley Direct Online MBA Program (Poets&Quants, 2021).

This certificate will require three to four hours of work per week, half of which will consist of a live synchronous session. The program is designed to have maximum career impact and does not end with the last day of class.

The curriculum is divided into four three-week courses. Each course begins the first full week of the month and runs for three consecutive weeks.

In this course, you will learn about the business case for diversity and inclusion, the dimensions of diversity, and the traits of an inclusive leader. You will be asked to assess your own openness and unconscious biases and gain insights into your strengths and opportunities for targeted growth on selected inclusive leadership skill dimensions. You’ll learn to value differences, challenge false assumptions, and begin to exercise moral courage.

In this course, you will learn to develop skills for one-on-one inclusion strategies, including emotional intelligence, active listening, courage, humility, and curiosity. You’ll learn how to improve your cross-cultural competence and will learn the role that trust, fairness, and consistency play in an inclusive mindset.

In this course, you will learn to lead high-performing inclusive teams, relying on principles such as empowerment, accountability, and collaboration. You’ll learn why team members engage and how to recognize patterns of disengagement. We’ll also discuss the role that mentorships, sponsorship programs, and affinity groups play in developing inclusive teams.

This final capstone course will focus on the practical application of inclusive leadership skills. You will choose a relevant project that enables you to use the principles learned in these courses to improve diversity and inclusion practices in your own organization. Projects may address talent acquisition and retention strategy, succession planning, increasing diverse engagement on projects, increasing diversity and inclusion efforts in marketing strategy or supplier diversity efforts, creating sponsorships/mentorships/affinity groups, conducting an employee engagement survey and recommending resulting actions, etc. You’ll receive one-on-one faculty coaching as you design and execute this project.

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Meet the Instructors

Carolyn Goerner
Carolyn Goerner
Arthur Lopez
Arthur Lopez
Ernest O'Boyle
Ernest O’Boyle
Angie Raymond
Angie Raymond
Maqubè Reese
Maqubè Reese
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow
Charlotte
Westerhaus-Renfrow

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