About This Course:

What does it take to inspire others, promote a novel idea, or even have a difficult conversation? How can you position yourself as a leader through inclusive communication? How do you know that the message you are intending to send is what is being received? Join Catalyst experts to explore this topic and the important role communication plays in inclusive leadership.

All too often, we struggle to communicate effectively—particularly with others who are different from us in some way. This course will show you how the most effective communication utilizes the inclusive leadership mindset of Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility and guide you on how to use that mindset yourself. Through research and real-world examples, you will learn strategies to enhance your communication skills and approach. Topics will include understanding dialogue processes, debunking everyday communication myths, testing assumptions, listening, expressing yourself authentically, and communicating across differences. With short quizzes, compelling case studies, and engaging videos, you will develop knowledge in each section and share your experience with other learners.

Throughout the course, you will create a plan of action to help apply the strategies learned in this course to your work and other parts of your life.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Approaches, frameworks, and tools for communicating effectively.
  • How inclusive leadership and effective communication are intertwined.
  • How to work through everyday communication roadblocks.
  • Strategies to create space for transparent and authentic communication, where people across differences feel safe to speak up and share ideas.
  • Discover your own communication strengths to build effective relationships in your professional or personal lives.

Meet Your Instructors:

Dnika J. Travis

Dnika J. Travis, PhD, specializes in organizational change, leadership and communication effectiveness, and workforce diversity and inclusion. In her position, Dnika is responsible for leading Catalyst research on the advancement and inclusion of women of color in the workplace. She is a Center Leader for the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice where she distinguishes sound talent management strategies from programmatic fads and documents the best practices. In her position, she leads the Center’s research agenda, conceptualizes and develops methodologies, as well as conducts analyses for the Center’s global projects. Dnika has been widely published, and her research has been funded by several foundations and government branches including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and the Texas Workforce Commission. She has extensive consulting, training, and teaching experience—in the nonprofit, public, and corporate sectors helping organizations develop engaged teams that produce quality outcomes and business results. Prior to joining Catalyst, Dnika was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Social Work. While at UT, she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Society for Teaching Excellence. She maintains an affiliation with UT as a Fellow, leading research on employee voice, inclusion, and retention in health and human services. Dnika is also on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work. Dnika earned her PhD in social work from the University of Southern California, MSW in community organization and program evaluation from the University of Michigan, and BA in sociology from Hampton University.

Alixandra Pollack

Alixandra Pollack conducts research on organizational practices, examining diversity and inclusion efforts, change models, and the career experiences of women and men throughout the talent pipeline. As a member of the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, Alix focuses on corporate change strategies and the role of organizational and societal culture in creating inclusive workplaces. She has a strong focus on global work and cross-cultural themes, in particular through her management of the Culture Matters Research series and lead role in extending research to Mexico and other emerging markets, as well as through her leadership of Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team – an internal group that builds knowledge and fields expertise requests on relevant topics such as: global trends, cultural sensitivity, regional variations, and diversity issues in emerging markets. Her work also includes research on organizational strategies related to LGBT inclusion and a role in Catalyst’s Practices team and Employee Resource Leadership Initiative (ERLI). In addition to her position in the research department, Alix is a member of the Men’s Issue Specialty Team dedicated to supporting the engagement of men as champions of workplace inclusion and equality, as well as the Millennial ERG focused on generational trends. Prior to joining Catalyst in 2011, Alix was an Advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Cote D’Ivoire at the United Nations. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and MPH in Global Public Health from George Washington University. Alix is fluent in Spanish.

Jeff Barth

Jeff Barth is the Program Director of MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), an online learning community created especially for professional men who are committed to building inclusive workplaces. In this role he is principally responsible for the development, implementation, and marketing of MARC’s strategy and initiatives aimed at empowering individuals to become inclusive leaders and powerful forces for change in the workplace. As an expert on engaging men, Mr. Barth also provides external training, does speaking engagements, and takes part in creating and expanding Catalyst’s engaging men programs. He currently sits on Catalyst’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and has served on the Catalyst Canada Honours evaluation committee. Prior to his current role, Mr. Barth served as the Program Manager of MARC. Before that he was the European Marketing Manager, where he developed strategy for member engagement and worked with the communications and branding teams to leverage Catalyst’s presence across platforms within Europe. Prior to assuming his role as European Marketing Manager, he was an Associate in Catalyst’s Public Affairs department. Before joining Catalyst, Mr. Barth managed political campaigns for candidates running for federal and local office in Utah. He also taught English in Tianjin, China. Mr. Barth received a joint Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Utah Valley University and is currently studying Mandarin.

About This Course:

Do you ever struggle to manage work and the rest of your life? You are not alone. Men and women all over the world are trying to figure out the impossible work-life “balance” and instead achieve success in all parts of their lives. Join Catalyst experts to learn the importance of inclusive leadership in creating flexible—and productive—work environments. Through research and real-world examples from a variety of situations, you will learn strategies for managing workplace flexibility, and you will learn how you have the power as an individual, a team member, or a leader to make positive change. You will understand the value of a flexible work environment and see what sets successful flexible workers and managers apart. With short quizzes, compelling case studies, and engaging videos, you will build your knowledge each section and share your experience with other learners on topics such as communication, technology, myth busting, challenges, and solutions. Throughout the course you develop a Personal Work-Life Plan to help apply the strategies taught and effectively manage your own work and life responsibilities or that of others.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to support flexible work environments and better work-life integration.
  • Inclusive leadership behaviors that make you a more successful leader.
  • How to identify barriers to work-life effectiveness and create solutions.

Meet Your Instructors:

Amelia Costigan

Amelia Costigan is a member of the Work Life Issues Specialty Team and the Catalyst Awards Team. In addition to answering reference questions from members, the media, academics, and the public, Ms. Costigan has also played an integral role in developing and updating numerous products and resources, including a line of India specific papers and tools including: First Step: India Overview, India: the Case for Gender Diversity, as well as three interactive toolkits Making Change in India Inc. addressing sociocultural barriers facing women in India today.

Liz Mulligan-Ferry

Liz conducts research on many areas of diversity and inclusion, including corporate governance, talent management, organizational change, and work-life effectiveness. As a member of the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, Ms. Mulligan-Ferry liaises with organizations about their institutional D&I efforts, creates Catalyst Practices—innovative organizational strategies that support diversity and inclusion—and manages the Catalyst Practices Recognition Program, a new, global model for recognizing innovative Practices. She also co-leads the internal Work-Life Issue Specialty Team.

Laura Sabattini

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., has extensive expertise on issues of work-life effectiveness, talent management strategies, and barriers to women's workplace advancement, with a focus on global perspectives and variations. As Chair of the Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, Dr. Sabattini heads an interdepartmental and cross-functional team that assesses global initiatives through multiple evaluation phases. The Committee considers a range of D&I and business approaches across industries.

About This Course:

What separates a successful leader from a mediocre one? In this course, you will learn what successful 21st-century leaders look like and how you can adopt their inclusive leadership style. Using research and best practices, as well as stories from great leaders and everyday people, you will practice empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—key leadership skills linked to inclusive, successful teams. Throughout the course, you will meet people like yourself, who want to be the best leaders they possibly can by incorporating inclusive leadership into their everyday lives. With short quizzes and compelling case studies, you will refine your skills each section. Most importantly, you will apply your new leadership skills through exciting real-life exercises. At the end of the course, you will create a Personal Leadership Plan that will help you continue to develop your skills, knowledge, and awareness in your quest to become a successful, inclusive leader.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What successful 21st-century leaders do
  • How to develop and refine the key inclusive leadership skills of Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility—known as the “EACH” framework.
  • How to apply your new skills to case studies and in real-life situations
  • Why creating your own Personal Leadership Plan is integral to success and weekly guidance around developing yours

Meet Your Instructors:

Deepali Bagati

Deepali Bagati, PhD, leads curriculum development for the Catalyst Inclusive Leadership Initiative, working to transform diversity research, expertise, and advocacy into skill-building leadership programs for emerging leaders. She has led several workshops and training sessions on talent management, leadership development, and inclusive leadership, and she frequently speaks on topics such as women in leadership, organizational change, and diversity and inclusion strategies. Previously, Dr. Bagati led the growth and expansion of Catalyst India. Dr. Bagati received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, and she has taught as adjunct faculty at Bryn Mawr College and as Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University School of Social Work in New York.

Krista Brookman

Krista Brookman is Vice President, Global Learning Products and Programs at Catalyst. In her role at Catalyst, Ms. Brookman leads special projects which includes advising on and leading the strategy of research-based D&I diagnostic tools and skill-building initiatives, training and programs. This has included the creation and launch of innovative products and programs for Catalyst focused on leadership development and inclusion measurement that foster actionable and accountable D&I results. The results have been evidenced in successful desired learning outcomes for organizations, behavioral shifts for individuals, and mission impact and revenue results for Catalyst. Ms. Brookman received an MBA and BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Emily Troiano

As part of the edX project, Emily Troiano is developing content for the course IL1x: Inclusive Leadership: Becoming a Successful Leader. In her role at Catalyst’s Information Center, she manages a team of librarians who answer reference questions from Catalyst members, the media, scholars, and the public, and she plays an integral role in developing and updating knowledge products about diversity, inclusion, and business. Ms. Troiano has designed and conducted numerous staff trainings on databases, intranet content development, and work productivity. Ms. Troiano has presented at various Catalyst Awards Conferences, the Catalyst Canada Honours conference, and Catalyst Connects events.

About this course

Unconscious bias—everyone has it. But that doesn’t make us bad; it makes us human. While we cannot completely rid ourselves of unconscious bias, we can learn how to recognize it and lessen its impact in the workplace. These are skills that everyone can learn.

You may not be aware of how your unconscious biases can affect your behavior, but unchecked, it can have enormous impact in the workplace and throughout your everyday life. Unconscious bias causes people to unintentionally favor some groups—often ones that are like them—over others. This can lead to differences in who gets hired and recruited, who gets offered new opportunities, and whose voice is listened to. Understanding and mitigating the impact of unconscious bias is a crucial 21st-century global leadership skill. With awareness of unconscious bias and actionable steps to manage it, you will be able to make the best decisions for your organization, your colleagues, and your team. Managing unconscious bias is a vital step in building workplaces that are innovative, dynamic, and inclusive.

In this training, through research-based assessments and exercises, you will move from awareness to action, learning how to interrupt bias and leverage the full potential of diverse teams and colleagues in your workplace.

For learners at all organizational levels, from all industries, backgrounds, and geographies, this training will help you understand what unconscious bias is and introduce you to some necessary skills to counter its negative impact.

The course is taught by instructors with extensive expertise advising and counseling major global companies on strategies to build high-performing and competitive workplaces. Learning these important leadership skills can help you to build and sustain inclusive workplaces and turn diversity into a strategic business advantage.

What you’ll learn

  • Build awareness to understand what unconscious bias is and why it matters.
  • Understand the impact of unconscious bias at work and the impact it has on your decision making.
  • Develop skills to help you recognize and take action to manage bias.
  • Create a goal-setting plan to work toward becoming an inclusive leader by managing your unconscious bias.
  • Bonus! Free unconscious bias “Workplace Facilitation Guide” provided to all employees from Catalyst Supporter companies.

Meet your instructors

Vandana Juneja

As Senior Director, Vandana builds and maintains relationships with Canadian companies for Catalyst. A trusted advisor, she coaches and counsels companies with respect to their strategies to advance women into leadership and create inclusive work environments where women, men, and people from all diverse groups can thrive. Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana practiced law, following which she worked in the Global Diversity and Inclusion groups at two Canadian banks. In pursuing her passion for empowering women, she has also worked as a Research Associate for the Pay Equity Task Force in Ottawa (Status of Women Canada). Vandana has earned a B.Comm. from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.