Executive Education
Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

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In 2020, two crises emerged into national and global prominence—the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest following the George Floyd murder. Both exposed many of the inequities in our society, and corporate leaders found themselves under significant pressure to publicly commit to tackling systemic bias, particularly within the workplace. From adding chief diversity officers and creating affinity groups to increasing community outreach and developing diversity performance metrics, many companies have started strong in their entities’ DEI journey. However, many are now discovering that these actions are just that--a strong start. To date, the gains of these corporate efforts have been mixed. This is because advancing DEI within an organization also requires learning to value the experiences of colleagues with different backgrounds and viewpoints, making room for their colleagues to bring the fullness of their lived experiences into the workplace, and offering the right resources for them to thrive. Specifically, companies are coming to realize that  championing equity and embracing inclusion is the hard work of DEI. 

Based on evidenced-based research and contemporary practices from companies making DEI strides, participants will gain actionable strategies of how to successfully do the hard work of  advancing DEI within their organizations from attending this program. 

This 2-day, on-campus program will utilize interactive and active learning pedagogies throughout. Faculty take full advantage of the in-person format and maximize participant interactions and discussions, learning not only from the instructors but from one another. Program schedule is subject to change.

At the conclusion of the program you will be able to:

  • Explain the value of an inclusive workplace culture
  • Articulate the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • More readily recognize and identify bias and prejudice in the workplace
  • Better facilitate dialog around bias
  • Be a better ally and advocate for one’s colleagues with different backgrounds and experiences
  • Identify ways to improve one’s workplace culture and increase employee engagement
  • Better position one’s organization to attract and retain top diverse talent
  • Value for Individual
    • Understand what it means to be an inclusive leader
    • Understand the history of systemic bias in the workplace and its present impact
    • Recognize and address individual biases and prejudices in the workplace (including one’s own)
    • Understand how to be a better colleague to peers with different backgrounds and experiences
    • Develop new skills in facilitating difficult conversations
  • Value for Company
    • Understand and address institutional patterns that lead to disparities in workplace culture
    • Enhance inclusive excellence within the organization
    • Increase employee engagement
    • Reduce occurrences of workplace harassment
    • Gain a competitive edge in attracting top diverse talent

Program Details

Delivery Method Two full days, on campus
Program dates

Fall 2023: September 21 -22, 2023

Program Schedule

Information Sessions TBD

$2,350 per participant 

Promotions and Available Discounts

  • Save $100 by registering by August 21, 2023, use code EARLYBIRD23DEI
  • Discounts are available for Ohio State University employees, OSUWMC employees, Veterans, employees from non-profit organizations and organizations who send 3 or more employees.  For more information about discounts please contact Meredith Conder at conder.11@osu.edu.
Prospective Participant Profile

This program is valuable for anyone ...

  • Executives and professionals in senior leadership positions who define and cultivate the desired culture
  • Managers and team leaders who mentor and coach fellow colleagues on projects and assignments
  • HR professionals who play a critical role in shaping the employee experience
  • Professionals who work in teams to complete work assignments and achieve organizational goals
  • Professionals who serve in administrative and technical roles that support their colleagues in achieving organizational goals
Registration Deadline September 7, 2023



Our Faculty

  • Open/Close Cynthia Turner, Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer

    cynthia turner headshotCynthia W. Turner serves on the leadership team at Fisher as the assistant dean and chief diversity officer and has become a widely sought-after facilitator and guest speaker on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

    After joining Fisher in 2013 as a senior lecturer of accounting, she developed the award-winning Project THRIVE program, a diversity initiative designed to increase representation within the undergraduate accounting and management information systems department. In 2018, she was honored with Ohio State’s Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award for her success in doubling the diversity within the undergraduate program in two short years.

    Since taking on the position as assistant dean and chief diversity officer at Fisher in 2019, Cynthia’s strategic efforts have helped secure over $2 million dollars in external funding for scholarships and DEI initiatives; facilitating the development of a formal partnership with the city of Columbus to support pre-collegiate programming for its underrepresented and first-generation high school students; developing programming to engage Fisher’s diverse alumni, including the Alumni of Color Network Weekend and the Women’s Leadership Symposium; and creating a new DEI course offering at Fisher. Read more.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

  • Open/Close Cancellation and Transfer Policy

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to Jennie McAndrew at mcandrew.28@osu.edu with the name of the program, followed by “cancellation” or “transfer” in the subject line.

    • Cancellations must be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a full refund.
    • Cancellations must be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a 50% refund.
    • Any cancellations made less than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program will forfeit the registration fee.
    • If you for any reason are unable to attend the program, please consider sending someone in your place. Participants can transfer their registration to someone else within their organization at no charge up to 24 hours before the first day of the program.
Contact Us

Jennie McAndrew
Education Program Senior Specialist, Executive Education