EQUITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES
Each year, we host six intensive Equity Leadership Academies for Alliance member companies and firms. These professional learning experiences are held in Los Angeles over two-day periods throughout the year. Each focuses on a specific topic pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in business.
Professors from top business schools across the country – Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Duke, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and USC, to name a few – teach eight 90-minute learning modules during each two-day Academy. While designed and delivered by expert scholars who have published studies on their respective topics and consulted with numerous companies, modules focus mostly on strategies and practical approaches. Emphasis is placed on learning from sagas that have recently occurred elsewhere; learning how to get ahead of situations and reducing risk of crisis; and learning actionable EDI leadership strategies. Participants also learn about evolving trends pertaining to diverse clients, customers, and employees.
At the end of both days, Equity Leadership Academy participants are taught how to communicate what they have learned to others in their companies. They return to work with shareable tools and resources. Participants who complete all eight modules across the two days receive an executive leadership certificate from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. There is no registration cost for up to two representatives per company per Academy. A company can send the same two employees to all six academies, or total of 12 different representatives across the half-dozen academies annually.