Last month, the new diversity and inclusion guidebook, Five Essential Leadership Competencies of an Effective D&I Practitioner was announced. This practical guide outlines what a D&I officer needs to know and be able to do to be successful in their role. To support D&I practitioners and organizations across West Michigan to advance in this space, we will host a series of workshops to better understand the competencies needed to be an effective D&I leader. The workshops will be framed based on the content of the guidebook.
- Support the professional development of D&I practitioners and the field overall.
- Facilitate discussions and activities that lead to practical application of the content shared during the meetings and in the guidebook.
- Amplify the voices of D&I leaders in the region. During these meetings, leaders will present content, facilitate discussions, and share leading practices and/or new standards.
- Create a space where D&I practitioners can network, listen, learn, and grow together.
Workshops are designed for D&I officers in West Michigan. A D&I officer is defined as any internal leader responsible for D&I efforts within their organization. This looks different in every organization and could include HR leaders, organizational development, executives, and others.
Each workshop will be scheduled for 1.5 hours from 1-2:30 pm (EST) and will focus on one of the competencies in the guidebook. Workshops will feature presentations from D&I leaders across West Michigan who served as contributing authors. We encourage your designated D&I leader to attend all five workshops, as each will cover new content. Registration links are embedded into each of the dates below.
- March 3rd – Personal Characteristics
- March 31st – Knowledge
- April 21st – Planning
- May 19th – Leading
- June 30th – Communication
Registration is required for each workshop. D&I practitioners can use the links above to register for each session at no cost through Eventbrite. Space is limited. An agenda and details to access a Zoom meeting will be sent prior to each event.
The D&I guidebook project is a collaboration between Talent 2025 and TalNet. It was generously funded by the Doug and Maria DeVos foundation. A paperback version of the guidebook can be purchased from Amazon by clicking here.