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Leading Inclusively Lab

Register for: Leading Inclusively Lab

Virtual Online Workshop 23rd September, 2021 – 20th January, 2022

Delivered by

Vernice Jones and Akasha

The Leading Inclusively Lab is a highly experiential, full immersion experience where you will learn to foster psychologically safe and developmentally appropriate spaces for people across multiple social identity and cultural differences. We need these capacities now more than ever. All across the world, we are seeing that understanding and engaging skillfully across differences is critical 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. Sometimes when we try, we get it wrong and this unsettles us. This experiential program is designed to help us bring our most expansive selves to leading in more inclusive ways.

Consider participating in this program if you resonate with these intentions:

  • I am willing to search and test my own tolerance and sense of self
  • I want to increase awareness of my own biases and learn ways to make them explicit
  • I want to become better at engaging and bridging 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 what changes I can make to help foster a more equitable, inclusive, and just corporate or institutional culture; I want to foster a culture of belonging 

This is a Highly Experiential Program that includes: 

  • Taking the Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Adult Development Assessment 
  • Small group work 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 and cultural 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. We do this so as to increase our 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.  The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment tool designed to help individuals and groups assess and reflect on their orientation towards cultural differences. 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. That’s what we are about in this experience.


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 believes that leaders can learn to expand their own impact and agility through presence, connection and awareness across contexts. With over 20 years of experience working with global Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits, Vernice Jones creates experiential leadership programs and leadership development solutions that connect and drive business results.  Vernice is a director and faculty of adult development at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She has been designated by the International Coaching Federation as an MCC (Master Certified Coach). She graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Economics, a Masters degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Maryland. 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.


$1100 USD

Cancellation Policy

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.


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This interactive program will run for 7-sessions, plus a Q & A bonus session. It will be hosted via Zoom with a group of up to 24 people accepted to maximize social identity differences such as race/ethnicity, gender, country of origin, age, sexual orientation, and class.

If you identify as BIPOC, feel free to contact us directly at We are trying to encourage diversity amongst participants by offering scholarships to Black and other individuals of color. 

If you cannot attend a live session, we will have a couple of tasks for you to stay up-to-date for the learning experience. 

Between sessions you will work in small groups. Please note that this in-between formal sessions work with your small group is mandatory (we also think you’ll find it a highlight of your experience). 

Registration for the (Northern Hemisphere) Fall 2021 cohort is now open.

This cohort is an NZ/AU time-zone friendly cohort. If you are interested in putting your name on the list for a European time-zone friendly cohort, please contact

Dates and times

All sessions will be held on the earlier listed date (Thursday) from 6-8pm EST / on the later listed date (Friday) from 7-9am HKT, 10am-12pm AET, 12-2pm NZT*.

Session 1                September 23th 2021 / September 24th 2021

Session 2                October 7th 2021 / October 8th 2021

Session 3                October 21st 2021 / October 22nd 2021

Session 4                November 4th 2021 / November 5th 2021

Session 5                November 18th 2021 / November 19th 2021

Session 6                December 9th 2021 / December 10th 2021

Session 7                January 6th 2022 / January 7th 2022

Anecdote Circle      January 20th 2022 / January 20th 2022

*Times will vary slightly as this cohort is following US Daylights Savings. After you register, you will be able to subscribe to the calendar and the times will become clear.