Leading and Sponsoring the DEI Journey

Leading and sponsoring the DEI Journey


Jim Morris was at ground zero when the Executive Order banning diversity training on racism or sexism was issued in September of 2020. Instead of speaking directly to the issue, critics and skeptics conjured a masterful but misleading strategy, claiming he and other DE&I advocates were teaching a harmful and divisive theory meant to disrupt society and make white people feel guilty. They called it “Critical Race Theory,” and the strategy worked, confusing and paralyzing leaders from school boards to CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world. Jim is the author of Gaslights and Dog Whistles, a practical guide to help forge partnerships across the divide, provide the facts over fiction, and defend the real history of racism in the U.S.   

Rianna Moore, PhD, is an experienced OD practitioner, author, and diversity-inclusion specialist. She is a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Sciences and a faculty member of their signature Human Interaction (HI) lab. She has worked in client systems in corporate, government, and higher education sectors. Rianna is the co-author of “Journeys on Race, Color and Culture – from Racial Inequality to Equity and Inclusion” with Rick Huntley and Carol Pierce. She is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator and interventionist working with – and advising – the Center for Creative Leadership, NTL, and WMFDP|FD Global, Nationalist China, and throughout the U.S.

Workshop Detail

This engaging 2-4 hour experiential workshop will accelerate the launch process for organizations that are just beginning their inclusion journey, or for those that are ready to more deeply commit to the next level of progress. Geared for executive-level leaders, this introductory session offers a balance of what to DO and how to BE in terms of leading and committing to the organization’s DE&I journey. 

Many Paths, One Aligned Direction – There is no one way for an organization to “do” DEI&B. Each organization launches its journey differently based on current business needs and internal capabilities.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to start creating a DEI&B roadmap with goals and objectives
  • Gain insight into the roles and behaviors effective sponsors adopt that help sustain progress
  • Discover next steps to begin or deepen YOUR DEI&B journey
  • Begin to practice new diversity partnership skills 


Increase your leadership effectiveness (and your organization’s results) – “Feel, Learn, Act” your way into higher performance. Feel means learning to hear and appreciate the lived experience of different people and groups within your organization. Learn involves discovering new ways for you to incorporate what you learn into your daily leadership practice. Act requires having the confidence, vision, and a plan for how you and your direct reports get DEI&B work done.

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