MassTLC and Faculty Members of Harvard Business School present

Accelerating DEI: Linking Business and Social Impact

Companies and organizations need to take action to move issues of racial and social justice from a “nice to have” statement of support to a “must do” core of their strategy. For these programs to succeed leaders should design, launch, and evaluate them as they would a new strategic opportunity.

This case-study focused workshop, featuring Harvard Business School faculty members and industry executives, will provide you with the analytics and tools needed to identify and evaluate DEI strategic opportunities and to develop an action plan that enables you to make the systemic change versus incremental change needed to drive business value and impact, including impact to your bottom-line performance.

This workshop is for those interested in launching new DEI strategic initiatives or are already leading DEI projects.

Join us for this 3 day Leadership Seminar

May 5 -7, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm




Day 1: May  5  2021,  9am – 12:30am

Topic:    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy—Make it Core

Many business leaders focus their search for opportunities on strategic initiatives that enable them to launch new products/service offerings, enter new markets, or launch new lines of business that leverage current capabilities and resources. As calls for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) increased over the past decade, many business leaders were quick to make a strong statement of support but few made DEI Strategy central to their Business Strategy. We start with the Akamai Technical Academy (ATA) case, which describes how a business leader, when faced with a strategic resourcing problem, identified an innovative solution that put the company’s commitment to DEI central to the execution of the company’s core strategy. The case—co-taught with our guest, Khalil Smith, VP of Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement at Akamai—enables us to tee up key analytical frameworks and tools that can be used to move DEI from a strong statement of support to the core of your company’s current and future strategic positioning. We end the session with a discussion of how entrepreneurial leaders turn vision into reality, followed by a presentation of a DEI project by the Diversity Lead at Rocket Software.

Day 2: May  6  2021,  9am – 12:30pm

Topic:    Leading DEI Innovation

This session will explore lessons on how businesses are harnessing resources across an organization to successfully deliver on DEI goals. We start with an interactive lecture on leading incremental vs. transformational change, followed by a discussion with the Global Leader of Inclusion and Diversity at Pegasystems. The session will end with a discussion on the latest thinking on digital innovation, agility and performance measurement as you identify tools you can use to link DEI to your core strategy and to design the change programs needed to achieve success as you execute DEI strategy in turbulent times.

Day 3: May 7 2021,  9am – 12:30am

Topic:    Evaluating and Pitching DEI Opportunities

Identifying opportunities to transform business and society is hard, but turning them into compelling pitches that engage key stakeholders is even harder.  Prior to this session, you will complete an Opportunity Analysis Exercise to analyze the business model for your current business. Based upon your analysis, you will then conduct a SWOT analysis, identify opportunities to grow your business, and rate the attractiveness of each opportunity along multiple dimensions. During the session, you will have an opportunity to play the role of an investor as you critique and evaluate a pitch delivered by an entrepreneur and will also have an opportunity to discuss how he innovated through crisis to accelerate transformation and empower front line workers. At the end of the session, you will work in breakout groups to discuss DEI opportunities you are considering, their link to your strategy, and your Game Plan for implementing them @Work.


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