Announcing Our New Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion™ on April 30 – May 2, 2012 in Atlanta

By Kristin Schepici on October 26, 2011

We are very excited to announce our new Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion™.  For the past 12 years, Linkage’s Summit on Leading Diversity has served as the nation’s premiere diversity event, playing an integral role in creating and sustaining inclusive work environments that enable organizations to operate more effectively. Now in its 13th year, Linkage is pleased to introduce The Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion, an accelerated educational program that enables leaders to develop core competencies for effectively recognizing and leveraging diversity and inclusion as a key driver of business results.

Three components differentiate the Institute from a traditional conference:

  • the learning experience is built on the Business Impact Diversity and Inclusion Competency Model (BIDI)
  • the Institute participants complete a self-assessment; and
  • the immersion experience allows participants to take part in peer-to-peer coaching and action-planning

“The foundation of the Institute experience is the Business Impact Diversity and Inclusion Competency Model.  It’s the only diversity-related competency model that links D & I competencies to business results in a way that has relevance to both diversity practitioners and line leaders and managers,” stated Robin Pedrelli, Co-Director of the Institute.

The BIDI model is the result of extensive research, field observation, and peer focus groups. It emphasizes business impact instead of HR functions and programs. “Each competency incorporates the key skills needed to link diversity and inclusion to top and bottom line business results,” says Susan Brady, Senior Vice President of Linkage’s Global Programs.  “And, the model is uniquely designed to equip leaders inside of and outside of the diversity office with the skills and competencies they need to drive results.”

The Institute will be held on April 30 – May 2, 2012 in Atlanta. Stay tuned to for Institutes updates.


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