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Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion™ is an immersive learning experience designed to drive transformation and make diversity and inclusion key to your organization’s culture and business strategy.

It’s the only D&I event that helps both practitioners and business leaders/managers hone the skills and competencies needed to effectively recognize and leverage D&I as a key driver of business results.

That’s why companies like Aerotek, McKesson, MasterCard, John Deere, and many more are Institute partners and send their D&I practitioners, as well as line leaders and managers, to the Institute year after year.

What makes the Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion special?

Tailored to D&I Practitioners and Business-Line Leaders
At Linkage, we understand that D&I practitioners can’t do it alone. That’s why we offer tracks for line leaders and managers to help them build the competencies they need to link D&I to their key business differentiators. This unique approach equips business leaders with the skills to become more inclusive leaders and recognize and leverage D&I-related business opportunities. 


Business Value
The goal of the Institute is to deliver an immersive, customized learning experience specifically geared toward enabling you to bring your learnings back to the “real world” to drive business results. The Institute was carefully designed around a competency model that focuses on equipping D&I practitioners and champions with the skills and competencies needed to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive organizational transformation.


World-Class Faculty
The Institute offers a roster of keynote faculty that is unrivaled. More than just experts in their fields, they are truly exceptional speakers. Not only are the keynote sessions inspirational and aspirational, they are also practical because they address the skills-based curriculum of the Institute.

In fact, Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized the Institute and its Alumni Program for Excellence in Innovation and has named Linkage a 2014 Diversity Leader.


Who attends?

D&I Practitioners
As the champion for diversity and inclusion in your organization, the customized, skills-based curriculum will help you create, sustain, and drive an integrated approach to organizational transformation—including the skills and training to:

  • Recognize and build key strategic partnerships
  • Improve business acumen and link D&I work with organizational business goals
  • Drive engagement through effective influence and negotiation


Business-line Leaders and Managers
To further support the integrated approach to organizational transformation, the Institute provides a program tailored to you—the business leaders who will need to embrace and foster that transformation.

Link D&I to key business differentiators, such as agility, innovation, market intelligence, and problem solving—and learn how inclusive leadership behaviors lead to a more engaged and productive workforce.


Senior D&I Decision Makers
The role and responsibilities of Chief Diversity Officers and other advanced practitioners are very different than those of others in the organization. To provide a creative and confidential peer-based learning environment, Linkage has created the Advanced Practitioners Think Tank. Focused on experiential and peer learning, this group brings together leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities in their D&I programs and organizations.