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Modern Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Learn how to be an effective CDO and lead change in your organization.

An effective advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion requires a unique combination of empathy, fairness and influence that enables all workers to contribute to improved organizational performance.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) at Cornell University is the preeminent educational institution in the world focused on work, employment and labor. Our research, teaching and outreach have helped shape the imperatives of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) for leading organizations in both the public and private sectors.

We have created a new opportunity for qualified people to help you shape the future and impact of your organization's role of Chief Diversity Officer. This program will be delivered as a live, virtual cohort over three months. It is designed to enhance the effective practice of DE&I leaders. In this program, you will:

  • Learn from experienced DE&I leaders, scholars and practitioners
  • Gain behind-the-scenes insights and practice for your DE&I scenarios
  • Improve your situational understanding
  • Network with senior executives responsible for DE&I at other organizations

This program takes accomplished leaders from different backgrounds and prepares them to implement effective DE&I strategies. You join discussions with leading practitioners and Cornell faculty, who will share insights on the most pressing challenges faced by CDOs and evaluate potential solutions.

You'll also have the opportunity to delve deeply into your own organization’s practices and challenges. You can use the expertise of a network of scholars to help define specific solutions. When you've completed this program, you will have displayed mastery of the unique skillsets of  DE&I leaders, understanding how to implement meaningful strategies at your organization.

Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of completion from The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

 

Program Topics

  • From P&L Leader to DE&I Leader
    Unique competencies and top behaviors of the CDO role
  • Aligning Organizational Commitment with Action
    aligning company DE&I commitments with community demands for change
  • Comprehensive DE&I Strategy
    Rationale and examples of expanding DE&I strategies to include innovation
  • DE&I Metrics
    Understanding and capturing meaningful metrics – methods, items and outcomes
  • Resistance to DE&I Change
    Effective practices for managing resistance to change among senior leaders
  • DE&I Crisis Management
    Approaches to respond to major issues from DE&I mission, values, and commitments
  • DE&I Relationships that Add Value
    Process for identifying appropriate relationships for leading DE&I change
  • Managing Board of Directors’ Expectations, Outcomes & Results
    Key aspects for engaging and reporting to boards of directors
  • DE&I and Innovative Practices
    Best practices for DE&I, examining innovative approaches to organizational success

Who Should Attend?

This is a hands-on program targeted to DE&I leaders who:

  • Are new to the CDO role (within last three years) or have been tapped to become a CDO in your organization
  • Have 10-15 years of professional, leadership experience in a business line, human resources, or other function outside the traditional DE&I path
  • Directly report to the CHRO, CEO or C-suite executive responsible for DE&I in your organization

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Registration Information

Schedule and Price

Introductory Price: $7,500

  • 3-month virtual program, approximately a 10-hour commit per month
  • The May 2021 cohort is full. Dates for the next cohort will be announced soon
  • Advisory Session Group meets once a month to discuss participant challenges, opportunities and best practices
  • Optional networking sessions available

This is a hands-on program targeted to DE&I leaders who:

  • Are new to the CDO role (within last three years) or have been tapped to become a CDO in your organization,
  • Have at least 10-15 years of professional, leadership experience in a business line, human resources, or other function outside the traditional DE&I path,
  • Are a direct report of the CHRO, CEO or C-suite executive responsible for DE&I in your organization

Registration:

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged. The program is capped at 20 participants.