Aspire Journeys

Leadership Pathways: A Journey for ERG Leaders

  • 19 Courses | 10h 8m 33s
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Employee Resource Groups foster community and provide support, education, and advocacy for members and allies of diverse communities.  Employee leaders of these groups serve as catalysts for change, advocates and allies for each other, and influencers of organizational transformation. DEI Pathways is an Aspire Journey designed to help ERG leaders along their leadership journey, equipping them with the mindsets and skills to lead this invaluable work. 

Diversity and Inclusion Foundations

The journey starts here. Participate in each of our DEI Leadercamps and our new DEI courses to fully engage with and appreciate the foundational concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • 6 Courses | 5h 10m 23s

Inclusive Facilitation & Presence

ERG leaders often facilitate inclusive conversations and discussions, influencing colleagues at all levels of the organization, motivating and engaging others.

  • 5 Courses | 1h 32m 35s

Strategic Thinking & Planning

DEI is a thread that is woven throughout our organizational ecosystems. To lead this work, ERG leaders need to adopt a growth mindset and an ability to plan and prioritize stratgically.

  • 2 Courses | 1h 30m 49s

Promoting with Purpose

So much of ERG leadership involves deep emotional intelligence and an ability to promote this work with intention and purpose.

  • 3 Courses | 1h 4m 34s

Maintaining Mindfulness and Resilience

DEI leaders are at the nucleus of a fast moving and ever evolving space. In order to avoid burnout and fatigue, leaders will need to build resilience, grit, and manage stress effectively.

  • 3 Courses | 50m 12s

COURSES INCLUDED

Embracing Allyship Leadercamp: Session Replay
This is a recorded replay of the Embracing Allyship Leadercamp Live session that ran on August 25th at 10 AM ET led by La'Wana Harris, author of Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias. " The Embracing Allyship Leadercamp will illuminate how embracing your role as an ally can help you achieve significant and lasting change — as an individual, a team member, and a leader in your organization.
1 video | 1h available Badge
Leading Inclusively Leadercamp: Session Replay
This is a recorded replay of the Leading Incuslively Live session that ran on June 24th at 10 AM ET led by La'Wana Harris, author of Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias, "Leading Inclusively" will provide guidance and a safe discussion forum to start you on the journey toward inclusive leadership. You will also gain insights and tools to help you and your organization value and leverage the unique strengths and talents of all individuals.
1 video | 1h available Badge
Removing Systemic Bias from Organizational Culture: Session Replay
This is a recorded replay of the Removing Systemic Bias from Organizational Culture Leadercamp Live session that ran on January 26th at 10 AM ET led by Su Joun, Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner.  For organizational leaders who want to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in workplace, recognizing and removing systemic bias continues to be a challenge.   This Leadercamp will share proven methods to mitigate embedded biases that exist in our organizations, will provide a safe learning environment for assessment, and collaboration, and will allow for ample time for attendees to ask questions. 
1 video | 1h available Badge
Advancing Meaningful Diversity In The Workplace: Session Replay
This is a recorded replay of the Advancing Meaningful Diversity In The Workplace Leadercamp Live session that ran on December 8th at 10 AM ET led by Su Joun, Diveristy & Inclusion Practitioner. Many organizations state that they want more diversity.  However, we are often challenged to recognize is that the processes, norms, professionalism expectations, protocols, brands that we put in place may be working against advancing diversity in our workplace. This Leadercamp will review those barriers , provide recommendations for overcoming them, and will allow for ample time for attendees to ask questions.
1 video | 1h available Badge
Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action
A diverse and inclusive workforce is a business and human imperative. Regardless of your role or the size of your organization, everyone can play an active role in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Future business growth and success depend upon embracing inclusion and eliminating bias and discrimination in the workplace. However, for many organizations, building cultural and business practices that embrace workplace diversity can still feel elusive. Besides hiring diverse talent, what more can we do? This course is your guide to defining diversity, equity, and inclusion and advancing meaningful and impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in your workplace. In this course, you'll learn to recognize key characteristics of DEI and practices for building and sustaining a healthy DEI culture. You'll also learn to identify behaviors that signal a breakdown in achieving an inclusive culture, key elements that enable diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to take root, and the steps for demonstrating agility and resilience in your DEI journey.
7 videos | 31m has Assessment available Badge
Moving from Bias to Inclusion in a DEI Journey
An increased focus on the importance of DEI in the workplace has shed light on the fact that everyone has bias. Though it's rooted in human nature, it's important to understand what implicit bias is in order to develop the thoughtful inclusion mindset. In this course, you'll learn about the different kinds of implicit bias and how to recognize them in action. You'll also learn about the importance of committing to thoughtful inclusion in the workplace.
7 videos | 32m has Assessment available Badge
Planning Meetings Fit for Purpose
Have you ever yawned your way through a presentation or meeting, and left feeling like it was a waste of your time? Maybe the meeting wasn't relevant to you or it wasn’t presenting the information in an engaging way. Meetings are among the most expensive forms of communication, so it's essential to make the investment worthwhile. In this course, you'll discover a process for preparing effective meetings by establishing a clear purpose and objectives. With the right people and agenda, and solid prep work, you're nearly there! If you struggle to start meetings on the right note, this course can help you get the most out of them, saving you valuable time.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Running Meetings in Better Directions
Have you ever attended a meeting or presentation that left you feeling frustrated? Despite their reputation for sometimes wasting time, meetings remain one of the most effective tools for sharing information, presenting ideas, and making decisions – if facilitated well. Meetings can be very productive; many issues can be resolved, and participants can feel grateful they attended. In this course, you’ll learn how to kick off meetings and how to ensure maximum participation and buy-in. Then you'll be introduced to what to do when meetings go off track, when to intervene, and how to deal with productivity problems. You'll also learn how to close and follow up on a meeting.
7 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
The Art and Science of Communication
There is a science behind communication, including how we react neuro-physiologically to others – through verbal communication such as their words and tone, as well as the non-verbal communication of their actions and body language. There's also an art to communication, allowing your authentic self to shine through and allowing the exchange with another person to unfold naturally. In this course, you’ll learn about the art and science of communication. You’ll explore techniques for connecting with your audience and building trust with them so that your communication intention is clear and understood. You’ll also learn the basic principles of assertive communication that is positive and not aggressive.
6 videos | 15m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Exploring Virtual Collaboration
Goodbye e-mail and intranet portals; hello cloud-powered, integrated, collaborative platforms! Digital technology enables colleagues working on a team to connect and work together, no matter how remote their location. Quick, reliable communication enables and facilitates working together as people telecommute from home. In this course, you'll learn the benefits of virtual collaboration when working with others, best practices for its successful implementation, and how to choose the right collaboration technology. You'll also learn how to avoid common mistakes when rolling out virtual collaboration. And you’ll explore the key steps for leading and being a part of a virtual team.
7 videos | 34m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Leading by Motivating
Motivation drives people to take action. Without proper motivational leadership, things simply would not get done. As a leader, your capacity for motivating plays a key element in the success of your team and your organization.
This course provides you with an understanding of why motivating leadership strategies are important and offers practical techniques for encouraging team motivation.
6 videos | 26m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Using Strategic Thinking to Consider the Big Picture
Big-picture thinking stretches beyond the short term and considers how an organization can succeed in the long term. By thinking strategically about a problem using the bigger picture, you can elevate your perspective and get a better idea of the forces at play within your organization. This course describes how systems thinking can help you become skillful at making sense out of opposites and contradictions and better understand cause and effect while managing your department according to the business strategy. It explains actions you can take to encourage creative thinking and come up with solutions that take into account the bigger picture. You’ll also learn how understanding your organizational value chain can help you connect to the organization's strategy and implement it more effectively.
7 videos | 28m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Expert Insights on Strategic Thinking
To go from A to B, you need to plan, and strategic thinking is the plan that gets you there. With it, you can see lay of the land, choose the best route, and avoid detours. You can even discover new destinations.
23 videos | 1h available Badge
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Developing emotional intelligence is a key to successful leadership. Leaders with a strong mixture of emotional awareness, self-management, and social skills are able to relate better to those around them. Emotionally intelligent leaders navigate relationships more effectively and are more likely to be successful in their personal and professional lives. This course provides an understanding of why emotionally  intelligent leadership is important. It also provides practical, positive techniques for promoting and improving emotional intelligence as a leader within your business environment.
6 videos | 30m has Assessment available Badge
Writing Skills for Public Relations
The ability to write well is an essential skill and responsibility for all public relations (PR) professionals. Good writing is often time consuming and doesn't always come easy, but it's vital for connecting with your target audience and conveying your key brand messages in a clear and engaging manner. In this course, you'll learn how to develop written messages for your public relation initiative. You’ll explore how to create and distribute attention-grabbing press and social media releases. You’ll also learn techniques for managing an effective social media marketing campaign.
6 videos | 16m has Assessment available Badge
Motivating Action with a Compelling and Data-driven Story
The right story narrative can persuade and enable company leadership to make smart, informed and intentional decisions about their business. In this course, you'll learn how to build a compelling, data-driven story that adequately answers the framed problem, and motivates action among key stakeholders. This course was developed with subject matter provided by the International Institute for Analytics. (www.iianalytics.com)
6 videos | 31m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Forging Ahead with Perseverance and Resilience
Business today is a complex undertaking. Accomplishing tasks an staying focused on achieving your goals requires grit and persistence. An adaptive mindset helps you focus through the distractions, information overload, demanding pace, and the accompanying stresses that can often pull you off task. In this course, you'll learn to develop personal resiliency, adaptability, and perseverance. You'll explore the resources and people it takes to sustain perseverance, and you'll discover actions to help you build a work-life balance, sharpen your focus, and foster the resilience perseverance to  face and overcome setbacks.
9 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Grit
Learn from Angela Duckworth exactly what it means to be ‘gritty at work’ and how to apply this concept to your daily life and career.
8 videos | 15m available Badge
Staying Balanced in a Shifting World
Achieving a healthy work/life balance gives you the chance to practice mindfulness and focus on what's important in all aspects of your life. Maintaining this work/life balance requires constant vigilance. This course focuses on techniques for managing stress and recognizing the behaviors like passivity, aggressiveness, and assertiveness, and how these affect your ability to find balance in life. Techniques that can be used to achieve and preserve balance are also discussed. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
6 videos | 15m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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