July 2020

Inclusive Leadership to Build a More Diverse Culture (July)

with Joanne Lee

Over the next four weeks, you will be introduced to Inclusive Leadership to Build a More Diverse Culture. We will launch the first session by taking a closer look at the characteristics and behaviors of Inclusive Leaders through an hour-long webinar. In the second week, you will have an opportunity to review relevant case studies. During the third week, we will host a live Q&A panel of experts discussing strategies for inclusive leadership. In the last week, we will provide tools and resources to help you become more intentional with your inclusive leadership efforts.

Weekly Content

STC Roundtable Webinar with Joanne Lee
Journey to Becoming Inclusive Leader

As many organizations embed Diversity and Inclusion into their workplace, it may not be enough. Leadership requires that leaders and their organizations move beyond diversity alone to capture the potential that comes from inclusion even though the definitions of and approaches to inclusive leadership tend to vary worldwide. This session will take a closer look at a framework for inclusive behaviors and how these leaders leverage diversity to enhance team performance. The session will conclude with ideas and recommendations to where the participants may need to start this journey.

Participants will walk away knowing how to:

  • Define inclusive leadership
  • Identify benefits of inclusive leadership
  • List the traits, mindset, and practices of an inclusive leader
  • Identify the next action step to the inclusive leadership journey

DATE: Friday, 10 July
TIME: 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern


This week, participants will have access to several cases studies based on Inclusive Leadership. These case studies will provide participants views on characteristics, behaviors, perspectives, mindset and strategies for true leadership. These case studies will provide in- depth discovery of an organizational problem with guiding questions that help the participants think through solutions.  Some of the cases are based on the curator’s experience working with leaders for over a decade and others are nationally recognized employers in well known cases that reflect contemporary problems that could be resolved through inclusive leadership.

Panel Discussion: Strategies of Inclusive Leadership


  • Nikki Torres, Past President, Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Anne Dapremont, Client Relations Director at Bright Horizons
  • Larry Delgado, Training Administrator at Pierce Transit
  • Norene Pen, Design Project Engineer at WSDOT
  • Carly Wright, Training Program Manager at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Heidi Maglietto, People Development Manager at Zonar Systems

Inclusive leaders build a more diverse culture and work environment where team members feel that they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued, and have a sense that they belong and are confident and inspired.

This panel will take a closer look at the framework for inclusive behaviors and how these leaders leverage diversity to enhance their team’s performance based on their experiences in their organizations. The panelists will discuss best practices, coaching techniques, and leadership strategies that they have employed with their own teams.

DATE: Friday, 24 July
TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern


An inclusive leadership effort is hard work. It can be a still struggle with making day-to-day work more inclusive. Many organizations and their leaders strive to prioritize inclusion to attract better talent and perform better. Still, leaders need first to define what diversity means for their unique culture and how they expect inclusion to manifest within their teams.

This video overview introduces tools, models, networks, and resources to help with inclusive leadership implementation.

Inclusive Leadership: The definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy
The most successful organizations are those with the most diverse and engaged workforces. Studies show an 80% improvement in business performance among those with high diversity levels. When people feel included and able to reach their full potential, they are more engaged, more productive, and often more creative.

How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive
This book will meet you where you are and provide a road map to create a workplace of greater mutual understanding where everyone’s talents can shine.

Requirements for a Diverse and Inclusive Culture
The article covers the diversity and inclusion require distinct acknowledgment and understanding; diversity and inclusion are interrelated; and three critical components to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

4 Ways Managers Can Be More Inclusive
Dozens of studies have demonstrated that more diverse teams make better decisions than less various groups. Many leaders know this but still struggle with making day-to-day work more inclusive. Managers can follow four critical practices to become inclusive leaders truly and, not coincidentally, build high-performance, innovative, high growth businesses.

6 Characteristics of Inclusive Leaders
Inclusive leaders tend to share six signature traits that not only promote diversity on their teams but also improve their capacity to innovate and deal with uncertainty, according to a study of inclusive leaders from six locations worldwide, conducted by Deloitte Australia. The article covers six Characteristics of Inclusive Leaders.

Five Tools You Need to Build an Inclusive Workplace Culture
The article shares five tools to use in building an inclusive workplace culture. The tools are also ideal for helping create an inclusive, innovative workplace where future leaders will thrive involves taking steps today.

How to Use CliftonStrengths to Develop Diversity and Inclusion
CliftonStrengths helps employees meet the human need to fit in and stand out. Employees want to be understood and valued for their unique qualities. Employees who feel they belong share more opinions, ideas and critiques.

The Inclusive Leader
Optimizing diversity by leveraging the power of inclusion. The article covers five essential disciplines of the Inclusive Leader.

The Key to Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive leadership is emerging as a unique and critical capability in helping organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas, and talent.  This article describes organizational practices that can help leaders become more inclusive and enhance the performance of their teams.

Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One
Research involving 3,500 ratings by employees of 450 leaders found that inclusive leaders share six behaviors — and that leaders often overestimate how inclusive they are. These are the behaviors: visible commitment, humility, awareness of bias, curiosity about others, cultural intelligence, and effective collaboration.

6 Reasons to Be an Inclusive Leader: Elevated performance, more innovation, and engaged employees are just a few benefits of inclusive leadership.
Seventy-eight percent of people believe diversity and inclusion is a competitive advantage, according to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends research. And 69 percent of executives rate diversity and inclusion an important issue (up from 59 percent in 2014). This article shares six reasons to be an inclusive leader.

Inclusive Leadership: Theoretical Framework
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This handbook is intended to be an inspirational source on the topic of inclusive leadership for practitioners who are working alongside or leading others at risk of being excluded from society.

Curator Bio:

Joanne Lee

Joanne has over 15 years of experience working in various workforce development roles. She also has experience in developing, supporting, maintaining, and expanding professional technical education partnerships to meet industry needs with customized training programs. Joanne has worked with diverse adult learners, providing training and support from one-on-one consultation to large-scale workshops for workforce student populations. Joanne serves as a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Seattle SHRM, Career Development Subcommittee Chair at Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) and part-time faculty at Seattle Colleges.

Joanne received her Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at the University of Phoenix. She received her Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, San Bernardino. Joanne enjoys traveling with her family.

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