"Thank you all very much for a very enjoyable and informative three days. The goal of deepening awareness and understanding of the importance of D&I to our work and to valuing what we individually bring was substantially achieved. Thank you for designing, organizing, hosting and facilitating the three days with the wider Faculty and please extend our thanks to them for their time, energy and commitment and open sharing of stories and best practices."

Paula Gildert
Head of Procurement, Clinical Development, and Global Head of D&I, Novartis Business Services

 "I learnt how to build my Inclusion, Diversity and Culture Change strategy. I know where I have to start and I learnt what skills I have to develop and how to have success with this project."

Sandra Bianco
Client Manager HR Italy, Cargill


"Thank you! The Academy gave me a lot of energy and ideas to continue the journey. The participants' trust, exchange and willingness to support each other is great."

Laetitia Tierny
Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Philip Morris International


"The D&I Academy has met my highly set expectations – both in terms of content and faculty – as well as the global scope of companies joining and the eagerness and willingness of all individuals to share challenges and best practices. I no longer feel alone – I feel part of an international community equally committed to equality and diversity as myself – and this is strengthening my general drive, as well as helping me answer concrete questions as I go along."

Karin Franklin
Former Manager Diversity, SKF Group Headquarters


"For faculty and learners, the Academy experience created an exceptional opportunity to connect with D&I colleagues in classrooms and to bond further over meals while enthusiastically discussing theory, practice and impact. These connections across international and organizational lines enabled conversations vital to disrupting, expanding and propelling ideas that allow us together to make more meaningful and more sustainable impact through D&I. Having been so effectively engaged, we all left the Academy with a multitude of new ideas and a redoubtable camaraderie that will enable us each to make the most of diversity in our respective organizations.”

Rebekah Steele
Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive and 
Faculty Member of The Conference Board D&I Academy


"There are few development options available to support new D&I practitioners in their international roles, beyond the direct coaching of their manager or predecessor. The Conference Board’s D&I Academy offers a solution to supplement this through a format that combines real-life experience from many D&I senior professionals, coaching, and networking."

Lisa Kepinski
Founder & Director, Inclusion Institute, and Former Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, AXA Group


"As the D&I Academy covers the most important Global D&I topics it was for me a unique learning experience. Participants learn from specialists and very experienced corporate colleagues and have the unique opportunity to network with them. The discussions were inspiring and impacted my D&I approach and my work back in the office. The networking opportunity was invaluable and I am still in contact with participants as well as some of the faculty"

Bettina Linssen 
Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager at AXA Group


"I found the Academy extremely valuable: a great mix of strategy and pragmatism which was very useful. The sharing of experience and the openness was very powerful and I came away empowered to “Be the change”."

Helena Dreisig
Human Resources Director, Lhoist


"The D&I Academy has been extremely valuable for me, both the “theoretical part” and the networking with the D&I community and other participants.  I would most certainly recommend it to other newly appointed D&I leaders."

Jessica Panke Wagner
Former Talent Manager, Maersk Line HR

Diversity, Inclusion & Culture Change Academy Inquiry

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Diversity, Inclusion & Culture Change Academy Upcoming Dates

Small classes. Personal mentors. Preparing executives to lead change.


Academy Cohort A, 2017


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