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Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo have pushed to the forefront of business agendas the need for employers to look more closely at Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI). Public and private actors (regulators, non-governmental organisations, watchdog associations, activists, media) have exerted more and more pressure on firms to be responsible and responsive. Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is one key aspect of a broader movement to encourage, or in some cases, to oblige ‘prosocial behaviours’ by firms.

Many organisations want to do the right thing. They 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 inclusive leader. You will acquire advanced techniques to develop, evaluate and execute a comprehensive DEI strategy tailored to your company. You will get insights from academic research and professional experiences taught by a diverse group of faculty members. You will also hear from industry leaders and experts, who will share their knowledge and experience on DEI in the corporate world. Overall, you will participate in a variety of learning activities to help enhance your knowledge and skills and translate your learning into actions.


  • Define and distinguish amongst the concepts and types of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Examine the causes of discrimination at an individual and organisational level
  • Explore strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in your organisation
  • Strategies to promote engagement, contact, and accountability in your organisation
  • Identify bias-free ways to collect and interpret diversity-related data
  • Understand how to implement and communicate a comprehensive DEI strategy.


By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Articulate the business case for DEI. You will develop a robust understanding of both the individual factors and the organisational practices that lead to discrimination
  • Turn DEI into a strategic organisational priority; harnessing data and metrics, leadership and communication tools
  • Design and implement the most effective DEI policies and initiatives.

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.

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.

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.

Faculty & speakers

Lionel Paolella

Associate Professor in Strategy & Organisation

PhD (HEC Paris)

Patrizia Vecchi

Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour

PhD (Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis)

Dr Sarah Steele FRSA, FHEA

Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College Cambridge

Sarah is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum, which is aimed at covering the widest range of academic interests across the College.

Sarah’s research sits at the interface of Law, Criminology, International Relations and Politics, Sociology, and Global Health. It explores how we affect social change around issues that impact upon people’s wellbeing in contemporary society. Her research continues to focus on cross-border issues, including human trafficking, the trade in body products and organs, death and suicide tourism, and the growing use of social media by health and other professionals in responding to global health issues.

Having held posts at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, amongst other institutions in the UK, USA and Australia, Sarah is an experienced lecturer and researcher specialising in policy and public health analysis, as well as legal, qualitative, and ethnographic research.

David Stillwell

Professor of Computational Social Science

PhD (University of Nottingham)

Dates & fees



Fees *

20-21 June 2022

2 days

£2,500 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,500 + 20% = £3,000.

* 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.

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Elizabeth McDonald

Corporate Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765496
Mob: +44 (0)7548 708065

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