Reinvigorate diversity, equity and inclusion to drive results!
If your organization's DEI efforts have stalled, you are not alone. Dr. Myers provides resources to help you overcome inertia to leverage the talents of ALL people. If you are a leader that seeks to transform yourself, your team, or your organization, Dr. Myers uses evidence-based methods to help you go beyond unconscious bias training 1, 2, 3 to develop skills and make systemic changes that create an equitable and positive work climate.
Dr. Myers is a DE&I scholar with 17 years of experience developing and teaching graduate courses at the University of Michigan. She has conducted research, published insights in academic journals, and provides uncommon consulting to corporate and non-profit leaders, including healthcare. (See below)
1. Dobbin & Kalev (2016). Why Diversity Programs Fail. Harvard Business Review, July-August, 52-60.
2.. Lai, Skinner, Cooley et al (2016). Reducing Implicit Racial Preferences: II. Intervention Effectiveness Across Time. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 145(8): 1001–1016.
3. Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. (2020). Implicit Bias Training Doesn't Work: Instead of changing how employees think, change company policies. January 2020. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-01-04/implicit-bias-training-isn-t-improving-corporate-diversity
Why we need inclusive leaders...
People of Color disproportionately suffer inequalities in everyday stress, health, wealth, education and opportunities. State of Black American, 2018; Williams, Lawrence & Davis, 2019
White men hold ~70% of leadership positions in government, corporations and major cultural institutions, yet are 31% of the population. Pew Research Center, 2019; Farber 2017; Park, Keller & Williams 2016
Hate Crimes surged 11% since 2015; racial bias was the primary cause. FBI, 2017-The National Center for Victims of Crime
These conditions persist despite studies showing that diversity, inclusion and ethics improve problem-solving, decision-making, creativity and financial performance.
WE CAN DO BETTER!
The continuum below illustrates the breadth and complexity of DE & I related topics that leaders and teams need to master. In that regard, Dr. Valerie L. Myers is uniquely qualified to skillfully integrate history, management, policy, and psychology when facilitating discussions due to of her doctoral training in Organizational Psychology & Social Work Policy. During executive education, Myers guides participants across the continuum from insights about history and oppressive structures to providing resources to help leaders transform systems and biases via self-awareness and skill-building to achieve strategic goals.
Cultivate Skills | Change Systems | Achieve Strategic Goals
Adapted from "Inspiring Inclusion" by Valerie L. Myers, chapter in the forthcoming book "Blessed are those who ask questions." Information Age Publishing.
Dr. Myers works with leaders and organizations to identify barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion. She uses data and diagnostic to target areas for necessary systemic changes. Collaboratively, leaders and teams develop skills to create a inclusive climate and achieve strategic goals.
Myers has coached executives through diversity crises, educated governing boards, developed strategic plans, advised global firms, developed profitable niche market products for diverse customers, and has managed diverse teams.
Dr. Myers expertise is derived from business, consulting and academic experience. Her methods are informed by nearly 20 years of teaching graduate courses in management and conducting research in the healthcare industry, where diversity and inclusion can be matters of life and death. One factor that differentiates Myers' approach is that she helps leaders develop Positive Regard 4.
What is Positive Regard? It's more than being respectful or "nice". Positive Regard is a challenging and robust skill that overcomes biases. Unlike trendy training, decades of research shows that Positive Regard is a powerful catalyst for better relationships and outcomes (27-36%) such as increased engagement, problem solving, vitality and human flourishing.4 That's why cultivating Positive Regard is central to promoting inclusion and system change.
4. Bozarth. J.D. & Wilkins, P. (2001). Unconditional Positive Regard: Evolution, Theory & Practice. Volume 3 Unconditional Positive Regard. Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions.
Improves Relationships & Outcomes
Topics for customized learning...
All coaching and learning solutions are customized to meet the needs of you and your organization. As we pursue a systems approach, learning will include ALL types of difference (e.g., race, gender, occupation, region etc.) and some combination of organizational, relationship, and individual factors below. From these lists, it becomes clear why addressing individual factors alone does not work.
Institutionalized Bias & Inequality
National Culture & Norms
Major Social/Technological Trends
Equitable & Inclusive Policies
Recruitment, Hiring & Selection
Rewards & Punishment
Leading Change: Superficial vs Deep
Difference, Innovation & Performance
Communicating Across Cultures
Creativity + Design Thinking
Sponsorship & Promotion
Being a Change Agent
Empathy + Caring
Health Risks & Well-Being
Dr. Myers offers solutions with either a traditional business focus or faith-based approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, depending upon your organizations mission and culture (e.g., Catholic hospitals, religious congregations or universities).
Dr. Myers has developed and taught courses for MBAs and Healthcare Management (MHSAs) at the University of Michigan. She has also guest in executive education programs across the country. Dr. Myers has presented her diversity management insights at professional conferences and published research in scholarly journals. Dr. Myers was honored with diversity leadership awards by Corp! Magazine her research and consulting.
University of Michigan Health System
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Greater Detroit Area Health Council
Michigan Diversity Council
National Association of Minority Health Services Executives
National Association of Minority Medical Educators
University of Michigan
Ross School of Business
School of Public Health
College of Engineering
Continuing Medical Education
University of Delaware
Simmons College Healthcare Executives
AVT Institute (Denmark)
I enjoyed this class so much. It is so different from other leadership courses that I have taken. This is a path to our soul, learning how to be a better leader to build a better world.
Chi Yuen Chan (Adrian)
Global MBA Candidate - University of Michigan