Register for: Leading Inclusively
Virtual Online Workshop
Vernice Jones and Akasha
This program is about developing your intercultural competency. Current world events show us clearly that understanding and engaging across our cultural and social identity differences is important and complex. As humans, we’re wired to label each other and construct reasons to elevate our group over other groups. We are seeing more and more the limitations of this wiring, especially when we commit microaggressions against individuals and groups and our unconscious biases get us in all kinds of trouble. Society and our organizations demand that we become more self-aware and inclusive. This demand challenges our identity, simple stories, and need for control. How can we meet this demand and learn to engage with others from different cultures and social identity? Sometimes when we try, we get it wrong and this unsettles us. How can we learn to bring our most expansive selves to leading inclusively? If we can’t, what are the costs to not only our development, but to our commitment to a better world?
This course on becoming an intercultural leader offers a way to expand your skills and grow developmentally. Consider participating in this program if you resonate with these intentions:
- I want to increase my self-awareness of my own biases and learn ways to make them explicit
- I want to become better at engaging across cultural and social identity differences, such as country of origin, race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. I want to cultivate energetic awareness of our interconnectedness while embracing our differences
- I want to learn how to build trusting relationships and manage conflict across cultural differences… I want to learn how to create a vision that appeals to different voices with a range of perspectives
- I want to learn what organizational and institutional changes I can make to help foster a more equitable, inclusive, and just world
This is a Highly Experiential Program that includes:
- Taking the Intercultural Development Inventory
- Growth Edge Interview
- Trios in between sessions
- One-on-one coaching
- Intercultural development plan
- Safe-to-fail experiments
This is serious, engaging, and daring work. You will confront the way you see and experience social identity differences. The program will challenge you to stretch your capacity to navigate across the differences that present the greatest challenge for you today. We believe this work is best done in small diverse groups where thought-provoking content is offered, dialogue is guided, open, and honest, and the learning is interactive and based on real-world situations. We will engage in developmentally grounded and social justice oriented activities and interactions across differences to increase capacity to better understand social identity differences and to develop culturally responsive and appropriate strategies for leading.
You will have a personal and experiential experience with this content. You will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment and an adult development assessment (optional). The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment tool designed to help individuals and groups assess and reflect on their orientation towards cultural sensitivity. To engage and lead inclusively requires intercultural competence, or having the capacity to shift perspective and behavior with greater levels of complexity based on commonalities and differences with individuals and across cultures. This capacity is developmental and can expand with exposure to cultural differences, practice of inclusion, and an appropriate blend of challenge and support.
Akasha is an associate with Cultivating Leadership. He stands for people’s growth and is especially interested in adult development across cultural differences. He does a good bit of work helping to foster diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in organizations and institutions of higher learning. He facilitates retreats and other experiences for connecting people across social identity differences, such as men’s retreat for heterosexual men and men from the LGBTQI+ community and developmental lab experiences for White and Black, Indigenous, People of Color. He teaches Gender Inequality and Developmental Psychology at St. George’s University in Grenada. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. He is a professional certified coach (PCC).
Vernice is a director and faculty of adult development at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Vernice has completed coaching certification through the Coaches Training Institute, and ORSC (Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching). She has been designated by the International Coaching Federation as an MCC (Master Certified Coach). Vernice has worked on a number of community development projects including an Origami camp for girls in South Carolina, an English language program for Chinese seniors, and a program for church elders at a church with locations in South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Vernice has led Women’s Leader Circles to support women leaders.
Please also note our cancellation policy is as follows: Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the workshop, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the course is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event, and refund your registration fee in full.