Diversity and inclusive leadership are essential in all industries; in healthcare, they can become matters of life and death. Dr. Myers' uncommon insights about inclusion emerged from her diversity research in healthcare and 15 years of teaching graduate and executive courses in Inclusive Leadership at the University of Michigan, and beyond.
Dr. Valerie Myers consults with leaders in all sectors to refine their skills to make meaningful systemic change.
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
What to Expect...
Cultivate Skills & Systems that drive inclusion, learning & RESULTS!
Boost stalled diversity efforts! Despite intentions and investments, inertia can result from trying to mimic other companies, chase rankings, or relying on ineffective unconscious bias training, which actually makes diversity issues worse 1, 2, 3., To overcome these challenges, Dr. Myers draws upon her research and clinical training to develop inclusive skills that drive system change, with an emphasis on Positive Regard.
What is Positive Regard? More than being respectful or "nice", Positive Regard is a robust skill that enhances leader effectiveness, collaboration, and talent development. Unlike trendy diversity training, decades of research shows that Positive Regard is a proven catalyst for productive relationships.4 Positive Regard promotes individual engagement, problem solving, vitality and human flourishing. Therefore, cultivating positive regard is a focus of Dr. Myers' Inclusive Leadership work.
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.
4. Bozarth. J.D. & Wilkins, P. (2001). Unconditional Positive Regard: Evolution, Theory & Practice. Volume 3 Unconditional Positive Regard. Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions.
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)
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