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The Art & Science of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

A 6-week intensive program designed by and for DEI professionals (whether you have the title or not). Deepen your knowledge, access best practices, and tools, and cultivate the support critical to sustaining any DEI professional's impactful work.

Starts Aug 25, 2022 / Cost $1400.00

There Has Never Been a Time Like Now

In January 2020, a popular headline came out; it said: "Chief Diversity Officers: The hottest & toughest job in business."

This was a clear sign that the industry of DEI is changing quickly, and DEI leaders are claiming their seats at the executive table. However, little attention is paid to the mentorship, coaching, and development of DEI talent.   

These gifted leaders are expected to take full accountability for assessing, implementing, and sustaining change in organizations whose culture has been steeped in tradition for decades. 

I know this experience first-hand. Almost 20 years ago, I accepted my first DEI role. While it was exciting, it was also very lonely and scary. It forced me to dig deep and find my true north to remain not only resilient but confident and innovative.

Throughout those early years, I discovered that DEI work was not a career; it was a calling. Since then, I've been fortunate to lead organizational transformations within educational institutions, non-profits, government agencies, and corporate organizations.  

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Cecilia Stanton Adams
Co-founder & President
The Diversity Institute

Despite this success, I always yearned for a community of like-minded professionals who could be my sounding board, where I could learn and grow. I wanted a mentor, a strategic partner, and a coach, but that didn’t exist, so I designed the Art & Science of DEI because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience as a diversity practitioner, consultant, and coach.   

Through this course, I aim to provide an anchor of healing, education, and inspiration to ignite potential and cultivate genius. Simply put, Diversity is an Art and a Science and I can teach you both. 

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About the Program:

Whether you are in a DEI role or aspire to be, your role in transforming your organization's mindset can seem insurmountable…If these challenges have been on your mind, this program is for YOU!

Week 1
Career Outlook in the DEI Industry

Explore the history of DEI in the workplace and its evolution as an industry. Learn to identify the core DEI competencies employers seek and create a sustainable career path.

Week 4
Race, Class, Gender & Intersectionality

Deconstruct the practice of counting people and deepen your understanding of history's role in who gets counted and who counts.

Week 2
DEI Approaches & Impact

Understand the different frameworks you can use to focus your DEI initiatives and learn to discern the types of organizations that would be the best fit for you.

Week 5
Tools of the Trade for DEI practitioners

Every DEI practitioner needs tools to do the work at hand. In this session, we will work collaboratively and design a digital DEI toolkit with best practice assessments, strategies, and resources to set you up for success.

Week 3
Group Coaching & Problem-Solving

In the group coaching model, students will take turns getting coached on current issues. The focus will be on creating solutions through a process of self-discovery.

Week 6
Preparing for the Future of DEI

Putting what you learned into practice in preparation to make systemic change within our world. On this day we will also celebrate your wins and get clear on your why.

Leading Change is an Art & a Science

Whether you are in a DEI position or aspire to be, your role in transforming your organization's mindset can seem insurmountable…If these challenges have been on your mind, this program is for YOU!

This series is perfect for you if:

You're a seasoned DEI professional and feel confident in your abilities but lack community support to ensure sustainability in your work.

You're a working professional hoping to gain knowledge, skills, and practical techniques to take your career to the next level.

You were recently promoted to a DEI role and are looking for a roadmap and a toolbox to help you on your journey.

You're a DEI professional and feel confident in your abilities but lack community support and actionable strategies to ensure sustainability in your work.

What You'll Get:

The program combines an online learning platform, live Zoom sessions, group coaching, and comprehensive course materials to empower your emotional and professional journey.

Fun & Interactive Learning

Four (4) live Zoom sessions designed to deepen your understanding of race, racism, and internalized bias. 

Collaborative Instruction

Group coaching, guest DEI professionals, peer-to-peer working groups, and networking opportunities

Robust Online Platform

Access to a cohort-only discussion forum and an online platform filled with experiential exercises, worksheets, and more

Future Discounts

One year of access to all course materials and a 10% discount to future Stanton Adams and The Diversity Institute courses

Recommended Resources

A curated and customized list of educational materials, including case studies, interviews, and inspirational stories

Professional Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion to fill gaps in your resume and help in the advancement of your career

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Meet your Facilitator

Cecilia Stanton Adams

Co-founder, President & Diversity Practitioner

Hi! I'm Cecilia Stanton Adams. I've made it my life mission to cultivate equitable, compassionate, and inclusive workplaces. With two decades of experience leading organizational transformation, I understand the unique challenges diversity practitioners face, and I can teach you the strategies that work and warn you against those that won't.


Become a DEI Gamechanger 

Apply before Aug. 21, 2022. 
Space is limited to 20 participants. 
Cost: $1400.00
Payment plans are available. Choose pay in full or four (4) easy installments.

Class starts Aug. 25, 2022
Meet virtually every Thursday for six weeks starting Aug. 25, 2022, from 9 AM-11 AM. (CST)


Please contact us if you have any questions about the program, materials, format, or schedule.