Inclusive Leadership: Understand Your Intersecting Identities to Better Serve Others



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Learn how your intersecting social identities affect your leadership and encourage you to do your most meaningful work.


In research, it is not uncommon to interrogate your own positionality in relation to who you are researching to avoid bias. As leaders, however, we’re often focused on the long-term strategy and health of the organization and ignore the important practice of understanding who we are in relation to who we lead. When you understand where your social and political position of power comes from and how it can influence your leadership in productive and counterproductive ways, you are able to align the values of different groups across the organization and operate as a truly inclusive leader.

Join us online for a three-hour training where you’ll explore how your social identities–including age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and others–shape your position of power or privilege as an inclusive leader. You’ll begin by taking a quick assessment to help you understand your social identities and how they connect to your leadership. Then you’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities those power dynamics present in the workplace with your peers.

We also invite you to come to this training prepared to discuss a specific leadership challenge you are facing. Explore with fellow attendees how your position of power and social identities might help you navigate that challenge.


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for anyone who is looking to deepen their understanding of how their social identities may impact their position of power or privilege in leadership, and how to be a more inclusive leader. This program is equally suitable for those in formal leadership roles, as well as those aspiring to leadership or currently in informal leadership positions. The content we’ll share will be particularly helpful for those who are currently navigating a challenging or sensitive leadership situation in which power dynamics may be an issue.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


January 25, 2021

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern


Section 1: Understanding How Your Social Identities Impact Your Leadership

In order to be an effective and inclusive leader, it’s not enough to simply be aware of common leadership theories and best practices. You must also understand how your social identities play a part in how you lead and how others view your leadership. In this section, you’ll complete a short assessment in order to examine from where you derive your position of power and privilege as a leader and how your social identities such as gender, race, age, and sexual identity influence that power dynamic.



Section 2: Connecting Your Position of Power to Your Leadership Development

In small groups, you’ll analyze and discuss the results of your assessment, so you can better understand how to tell your story as an inclusive leader. You’ll have the opportunity to identify how your power dynamics may create unique complexities for you as an inclusive leader, as well as how you can overcome those challenges and learn from them.



Section 3: Applying Your Position of Power to a Current Leadership Challenge

In the last section of the training, we will show you how to use your newfound knowledge about positionality in your day-to-day. In small groups, you’ll share and discuss a current leadership challenge that you’re experiencing at work. With help from your peers, you’ll examine how your position of power and social identities may help you navigate that situation. More importantly, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective for leading with a more inclusive mindset.


Note: There will be 2 breaks during this event.


Portrait of Carmen Rivera

Carmen Rivera

Talent Manager for Organizational Development, CSU

One of the first things Carmen shares with people is that she is from northern New Mexico and where she is from is fundamental to who she is. She was a first-generation college student and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Spanish and Mexican American Studies with a minor in Communication Studies.

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