Introducing the Professional Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 12th professional development certificate with the Professional Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

“The Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development (CPED) is committed to creating and fostering a community where diversity is respected and honored,” said Jon Kaupla, CPED executive director. “The ongoing experiences with discrimination and antiblack racism in our communities is unacceptable. We will continue to respond to aid in the stop of racism in our community and across our nation. With that, I’m pleased to announce a new partnership with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experts to accelerate our efforts at the Center while providing more professional development programming to participants. The partnership will further our mission of helping organizations, leaders, and individuals move forward in fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”

CPED is partnering with Deanna Singh and Dr. Justin Ponder from Uplifting Impact to develop and deliver the new certificate. Made up of three required programs and one elective, of which you can select from three, the certificate will be offered both in-person and online.

Lead instructor Deanna Singh said, “We are thrilled to offer this important and timely programming in collaboration with the Center for Professional & Executive Development. By enrolling in this certificate, participants are illustrating their commitment to embedding DEI in the fibers of their organization’s mission and values. The programs are ideal for individual consultants, community organizers, team leaders, executives, HR/DEI officers, and business owners who want to plan a specific DEI initiative or program and need guidance, or who want to make their environments more inclusive and their organizations more successful overall. We can’t wait to get to work with you all!”

About the Programs

The new certificate also brings four new programs to CPED: Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Team Building; Building a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Leadership Values. You can elect to take programs individually without enrolling in the certificate program. Programs and certificates will add credibility to your work-ready skill set as you learn from instructors with real world experience. You’ll build your professional network and together discover new ways of doing business that raise your value and improve your organization.

Core Programs (Complete All)

Building a Culture of Inclusion & Belonging

Beyond identifying exclusionary practices and embracing DEI practices at the team level, leaders need to implement organizational changes. Building a Culture of Inclusion & Belonging will help you develop strategies that centralize DEI in lasting ways and build external relationships that support your DEI efforts.

Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Team Building

In Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Team Building, you’ll learn how to identify the most common errors that undermine efforts to create a more equitable business. In this online program, you’ll examine company culture, evaluate hiring and onboarding practices, and develop the skills you need to assemble diverse teams.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Leadership Values

Relevant leaders understand how to adapt to the world’s changing demographics in order to foster a more diverse workplace. In Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Leadership Values, you’ll learn how to replace the biases and privileges that persist in the business world with the DEI skills leaders need for the future.

Elective Programs (Complete One)

Along with the four new programs, you will also have the option to participate in two other CPED programs as certificate electives.

Leadership: Transform your Business Culture

Organizational culture greatly impacts business results. As a senior leader, you need to understand how your leadership style impacts business performance and profitability. In Leadership: Transform your Business Culture, you will help you become more self-aware, confident, and better equipped to achieve organizational success.

Change Management

Businesses don’t succeed by standing still. Change Management will prepare you to effectively manage change within your organization by learning strategies that will help employees and coworkers adapt to new realities and adopt behaviors that support the growth and development of new initiatives.

How to Influence Without Direct Authority

Very few people have all the formal authority they need to get their job done. Where our authority ends, influence picks up. In How to Influence Without Direct Authority, you will learn a six-part framework for building and applying influence.

Programs in the Professional Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will begin in April 2021. Upcoming session dates can be found here.