We invite you to join our second annual summit and career fair on May 2-4, 2023!
Our 2023 Summit invites participants to develop inclusive leadership skills with a focus on tracks in leadership management, education and healthcare. We will bring together leaders, scholars and professionals across multiple industries to explore how to prioritize mental health and belonging at the core of strategic operations.
Participants will engage in critical dialogue with industry leaders to address and examine aspects of trauma, accessibility, post-pandemic challenges and the ongoing social and systemic issues that hinder performance and retention.
Join us on an intentional leadership journey to connect, explore and ignite sustainable changes towards inclusive and equitable environments in the workplace and classroom.
Each day of our three-day virtual summit includes sessions dedicated to inclusive leadership in practice and what research is telling us followed by a career fair and networking opportunities. The daily itinerary will include:
8 am — 2 pm MST | Summit Sessions
2 pm — 5 pm MST | Career Fair and Networking
This year’s Summit establishes the inaugural Workforce Diversity Leaders Seminar. This will serve as a meeting place for the advancement and empowerment of employee resource group (ERG) or business resource group (BRG) leaders, ERG or BRG sponsors and emerging leaders who serve in workforce areas related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Participants will engage in facilitated conversations about workforce trends and learn the skills necessary to become effective inclusive leaders in the workplace. The number of available spaces for attendees will be limited, and those who attend will have the opportunity to earn a workforce focused Inclusive Leadership Badge.
Email us at: Educational.Equity@phoenix.edu
Our three-day summit included sessions dedicated to inclusive leadership in practice and what research is telling us to help participants lead as change agents.
In this session, Tim Wise explores the current backlash against diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (and the larger anti-racism movement) and places the backlash in historical perspective.
This session includes a candid and courageous panel discussion with industry experts sharing what it means to lead with empathy and authenticity while tackling emotional and structural barriers.
This session highlights how racelighting is evident in the experiences of people of color in education, healthcare, business and more. Dr. Wood discusses strategies to reduce the effect of racelighting.
We welcomed 1,415 participants from 22 countries to our first summit and career fair.
University of Phoenix summit volunteers
speakers, including academics and practitioners
self and social awareness inclusive leader badges awarded
job seekers attended the summit
Current student at University of Phoenix
Herman van Niekerk, PhD
Associate Dean in the College of Doctoral Studies
Tim Wise, keynote speaker
Anti-racist author and activist
The Inclusive Leadership Summit is committed to fostering an atmosphere of life-long learning as we explore and address systemic inequities to inform and impact an ever-changing workforce.
The summit integrates research findings from University of Phoenix Career Institute™ and Research Centers to influence topics addressed while highlighting academic fields of study offered at the University.
Dr. J. Luke Wood to be closing keynote speaker for Inclusive Leadership Summit
Preeminent advocate, researcher and educator will lead closing session of the virtual event.
University of Phoenix welcomes 1,400+ participants at its inaugural Inclusive Leadership Summit
The virtual event focused on developing skills as an inclusive leader and providing networking opportunities.
Saray Lopez featured guest on podcast “In the Margins” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Podcast episode focused on virtual Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair.
University of Phoenix has long been focused on creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive and belonging (DEIB) learning and workplace environment. We seek to foster a space where we can share and reflect on what we have learned, our successes, and focus on opportunities to further our DEIB growth and potential as well as that of our communities where we teach, learn, live and work.
Inclusive leadership embraces the term "inclusion" in all aspects of business operations. Inclusive leadership is an important part of a company's long-term viability and competitiveness. That's why inclusive leadership is a critical skill to master. An article in Harvard Business Review suggests it can help leaders and organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent.
Based on a study of inclusive leaders conducted by Deloitte, there are six signature characteristics of inclusive leadership. These include commitment, courage, cognizance of bias, curiosity, cultural intelligence and collaboration. Read more about each characteristic.