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Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

3 days (Face-to-face)

£3,450 + VAT (Face-to-face)

18-20 Oct 2023 (Face-to-face)
13-15 Mar 2024 (Face-to-face)
2-4 Oct 2024 (Face-to-face)

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Execute a comprehensive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy

Movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo have made Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) a priority for all companies. DEI is now a key aspect of a broader movement to encourage, or in some cases to oblige ‘prosocial behaviours’ by firms. Many organisations want to increase their commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. However, a true DEI commitment starts not just with a collection of disparate initiatives; Sometimes even inconsistent, but with a clear strategy. Effective and consistent DEI strategies have become crucial for surviving and thriving in the current environment.

This programme blends theory and practice to help you become a more effective and inclusive leader. You will acquire advanced techniques to develop and execute a comprehensive DEI strategy tailored to your company. You will gain insights from academic research and professional experiences taught by a diverse group of faculty members, industry leaders and experts. Overall, you will participate in a variety of learning activities to help enhance your knowledge and skills and translate your learning into actions.


Your learning journey

Module 1: Assessing your old DEI strategy: what is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

  • Assess your organisation’s current DEI strategy to identify gaps and opportunities
  • Identify the essential elements of a DEI strategy for your organisation
  • Examine causes of discrimination, including individual and organisational factors.

Module 2: Designing your new DEI strategy: what are the best practices to diversify your workforce?

  • Develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in your organisation
  • Propose diversity priorities to promote engagement, contact, accountability, and transparency within your own organisation
  • Overcome micro-scale and macro-scale challenges and opportunities for diversity and inclusion within your organisation.

Module 3: Tracking your new DEI strategy: how to best use data to meet your goals?

  • Examine the role of data in planning and supporting DEI initiatives
  • Identify bias-free ways to collect and interpret diversity-related data
  • Propose data collection strategies and measures to evaluate the effectiveness of DEI initiatives within your organisation.

Module 4: Leading your new DEI strategy: how to coordinate your initiatives and your people?

  • Avoid common pitfalls to help ensure the success of diversity initiatives
  • Reflect upon the successes and failures of organisations to glean “lessons learned”
  • Employ effective leadership and communication strategies to articulate the business case for DEI within your organisation.

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.


  • Identify the main barriers to increasing diversity in your organisation
  • Develop a robust understanding of the individual and organisational factors that lead to discrimination
  • Learn how to design and implement the most effective DEI policies and initiatives
  • Explore how to turn DEI into a strategic priority in your company by harnessing data, metrics, leadership and communication tools
  • Understand how to build a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.
  • On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a digital certificate of completion by Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

This programme counts towards the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School’s global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is not just a numbers game. Numbers matter, but how those numbers came to be, and how they work with each other is quite possibly even more important. So for the success of your DEI strategy, you should of course achieve a high level of Diversity (the D); but adopt a fair and equitable treatment for all people (the E), and don’t neglect the Inclusion of everyone (the I). This course will equip you to do so by using all we know about how the mind works, how implicit biases influence decisions and outcomes, and how to design and implement the right set of policies at the organisational level by involving everyone. At the end, you will have a comprehensive view of the topic and all the levers in hand to build diversity and cultivate inclusivity in your teams and in your company.
Dr Lionel Paolella, Academic Programme Director

Faculty & speakers

Learn from our world-class faculty who bring fresh insights from their leading-edge research into all of our Executive Education programmes.

The Academic Programme Director (APD) for the Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programme is Dr Lionel Paolella.

Access profiles of the programme’s APD and faculty:

Download the Open Programmes brochure for more information on the modules and faculty.

Programme format

Dt Benn Lawson teaches on a face-to-face programme.


Face-to-face is a traditional, intense classroom learning experience and is all about hands-on interaction. You will be a part of exercises, debates and conversations, engaging directly with our faculty and your peers. Conversations spill over into breaktimes and meals, forming lasting connections. Share your ideas, develop your network and grow professionally, whilst enjoying the historic city of Cambridge.

Who should attend?

  • Senior managers and C-suite executives looking to diversify their workforce, and find value in turning DEI initiatives into a strategic organisational priority
  • HR specialists, recruiters, talent managers and managers in the DEI space, looking to cultivate inclusivity in their teams and companies
  • Mid-level managers looking to harness leadership tools, communication strategies and metrics to create a diverse team
  • Consultants tasked with developing a diversity strategy.

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Why Cambridge Judge Business School?

Cambridge Judge faculty

All of our programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director, who is a member of Cambridge Judge Business School faculty. They will also deliver substantial portions of that programme.

Leading-edge research

The research conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School’s 20 research centres, across a diverse range of disciplines, flows directly into all of our programmes, bringing new insights to our programme content.

Small group learning

With small class sizes, we continue the Cambridge way of learning that emphasises high levels of interaction with both our world-class faculty and peers.

Related programmes

Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion belongs to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-topic executive education programmes. Here are a selection of related programmes:

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Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership: A Pathway to Business Sustainability

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£3,450 + VAT (Face-to-face)

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £3450 + 20% = £4,140

Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School’s Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this programme could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Business Development Director
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)7850 949628

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Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Additional information

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (updated January 2023)

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