Executive Leadership Program: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The SGO Executive Leadership Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (‘DEI’) Program is specifically designed to create a lifelong learning experience for forward-thinking leaders who care deeply about making lasting and meaningful change. We intentionally foster an environment where executives can have ongoing conversations, ask difficult questions, and form relationships designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their company. The SGO Executive Leadership Program is dynamic and engaging, bringing together people who have similar complex challenges, in a space where learning and development is paramount. Our goals are to make sure that learning is translated into action by helping attendees move the needle toward equity and belonging for all within their company. By the end of this program, each attendee will be able to have brave conversations from a more informed place, provide leadership in advancing their company’s goals for greater diversity and equity for all, and understand their own identity and its impact on the workplace and beyond.

We will provide expert facilitation in a safe space and encourage thoughtful conversations, helping you problem solve real world issues that show up at work. You will receive a workbook filled with tips, and tools, as well as space to take notes during each session. You will also have the option to participate in a private online space so that you can stay in touch during and after the program. 

Intended Audience:

Each cohort is designed for:

  • Startup founders and VCs
  • Executives and VPs
  • Directors and senior leaders

Length: Three half-day sessions

Audience Size: 7-12 people


Session 1: Introductions, Identity, and Foundations
The goal of this session is to establish group norms, gain trust among participants and begin the process of reflecting on the self. In order to speak about these complex issues confidently, we need to have a deeper understanding of how to talk about DEI from a place of knowledge and awareness. We will break down related terminology and concepts as we start to apply them to real world scenarios.

Session 2: Skill Building: Power, Privilege, and EQ in the Workplace
Power and privilege are at the heart of inclusion. In order to gain a deeper understanding of how people who are different from us may be affected by the choices we make, we need to address how power and privilege play into our everyday lives. We will continue to apply these concepts to workplace experiences as a way to deepen our understanding of their meaning. We will then dive into emotional and conversational intelligence. Additionally, the session will focus on providing skills around having difficult conversations, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Session 3: Multicultural Organizational Development and Action Planning
We will use the framework of multicultural organizational development (‘MCOD’) to explore where everyone is on the spectrum of inclusion within their own companies. By understanding at what stage an individual organization is, we can further tailor our work to push for change. We will wrap up by action planning. We’ll look at how we can use the principles we’ve learned to identify real-world solutions to your specific concerns.