DMV DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INSTITUTE
Not a traditional “diversity training program,” DMV Diversity & Inclusion Institute brings everyone into the definition of diversity to consider how differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, geographic orientation, culture, knowledge, experience and perception impact the lives of individuals and enterprises and how prepared leaders can leverage these differences in support of their missions.
Designed and facilitated by Juan Johnson, a Leadership Center faculty leader and founder and president of Diversity Leadership in Action, the DMV Diversity & Inclusion Institute brings participants together one day a month for five months. Learning experiences include case studies, scenarios and analyses and other experiential learning tools to maximize interaction and discussion among participants and facilitate productive relationships.
As part of the program, participants will work in small groups to identify challenges and research real solutions to create a ‘best practices database’ for DMV fellows to share and reference long after their program’s completion.
Spring 2020- March 9 (2:00pm – 5:00pm, orientation followed by reception), March 10, March 23, April 7, April 21, May 7 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
Fall 2020- August 26 (2:00pm – 5:00pm, orientation followed by reception), September 3, October 6, October 27, November 12, December 10 (8:30am – 5:00pm)
Applications now available for the March – May 2020 cohort.
OUR FACILITATOR- JUAN JOHNSON
Juan Johnson's background as a CPA, CMA, and head of Investor Relations for The Coca-Cola Company provided him a decidedly business-focused approach to diversity. When Coke tapped him to lead its diversity efforts, his first question was, ‘are we prepared to do things differently?’ Investor Relations had taught Juan the value of portfolio diversification and it seemed to him that these principles should also offer leverage when dealing with human diversity dimensions.
Every organization can benefit from a workforce with different perspectives just as a portfolio benefits from financial assets with different characteristics. Juan would sum up his approach as follows: shifting the focus from ‘what the company should do to advance diversity,’ to ‘what diversity can do to advance the business.’ Diversity Leadership in Action™ believes the most important factors for success with any diversity initiative are one, an all-inclusive definition which gets the entire organization engaged; and two, a link to the organization’s mission, which demonstrates that diversity can be a resource that drives greater organizational success.
How do YOU benefit?
- Opportunity to employ leadership strengths, increase leadership skills and recognize arenas in which unique contributions may be applied
- Expanded awareness of issues and challenges facing our community
- Ability to articulate a vision for the community and translate that vision into action
- Chance to discover strategies for developing others’ personal vision and power
- Networking with fellow community leaders on a personal and professional level
How does YOUR ORGANIZATION benefit?
- Retention of employees with deepened leadership capabilities and a greater understanding of how to maximize community engagement
- Opportunity to showcase your organization’s involvement in the premier leadership organization in the community
- Rewards of networking with a diverse group of 1,400 community leaders representing over 600 organizations
- Visible commitment to service in the community
- Creation of workforce stability through membership engagement
How does the COMMUNITY benefit?
- Increased source of quality leaders in the community
- Improved communication network among civil, social, educational and business leaders in the region
- Membership contribution of over 25,000 volunteer hours to the community annually, representing over $580,000 in donated time
- Assistance to leaders in their development, matching their skills and interests with the needs of the community
- Leadership base with broadened perspectives, prepared to more effectively guide our community into the future