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.


Advancing Women to Senior Leadership Roles

Communicating During and in the Aftermath of Diversity-Related Crises

Developing, Empowering, and Supporting Employee Affinity/Resource Groups

Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Making Workplace Environments Trans Inclusive

Managing Intergenerational EDI Tensions between Millennials and Senior Colleagues

Meeting the Needs of Employees with Disabilities

Navigating Political Polarization Amongst Employees

Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias

Resolving Racial Tensions at Work

Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing Employees of Color

Strategically Evolving with Changing Client/Customer Demographics

Understanding and Demonstrating Care for Identity Intersectionality among Employees