Diversity Development Initiatives: Moving from Tolerance to Inclusion

Emerging Leaders

Developed expressly for high potential employees, this series of training sessions develops a solid foundation in leadership. The program includes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personal assessment. Topics such as the role of corporate culture, communication for development, strategic management, creative and critical thinking, leadership basics and self-reflection, and cultural and generational diversity provide a leadership framework to support high potential employees as they grow into management positions. A critical element is the inclusion of corporate mentors from the employees' own company, adding a unique and relevant experience over the course of the programming. Mentors are provided a two-hour orientation.

Seven half-day sessions, one per month; includes personal assessment, company-provided mentoring, mentor orientation, capstone project, handouts and training.

Fundamental Skills of Management

Fundamental Skills of Management training teaches managers how to address a range of real-time management issues through theory, analysis, application, and exercises based on universal challenges. The program ensures concepts and skills learning in training sessions are reinforced and enables managers to apply new techniques in the workplace.

Seven day-long sessions, one per month; includes personal assessment, handouts, and training.

Virginia Public Sector Leader Training

This five day program is designed to grow leadership competencies within your organization. Interpersonal skills, self-awareness, diversity awareness, recognition of the skills and talents of others, utilizing key management tools, and learning the skills of mentorship are all elements of the program. Participants can expect self- and multi-rater evaluations, and theoretical personal and professional learning concepts in a context of practical application. Sessions include both theoretical learning and "praxis" (group work and tactical implementation) Theoretical learning is based on the MBTI, the EQ-360, the course text and readings, and lectures. The sessions cover Strategic Leadership, Self-Awareness and Self-Management as Leadership Basics, Consensus and Team Building through Effective Communication, Coaching, Mentoring, and Managing and Management Action Plan and Toolkit.

For more information on these workshops or how Virginia Tech can customize others for your organization, please contact Susan Johnstad, Director.