I help leaders navigate DE&I complexities with in-depth knowledge and uncommon skills. Using my expertise in DE&I research, teaching, and consulting, I help you achieve real, sustainable change, with evidence-based methods that are:
Grounded in social science
Focused on executive skills to drive systemic change.
Customized to address "woke," ambivalent, and resistant audiences.
Comprehensive, to change behaviors at multiple levels.
If you're ready to invest in meaningful change -- or you're curious and seek clarity about next steps, contact me for a free 30 minute consultation. Even if you don't hire me, I can provide tips about what you should consider. Why? Because I am committed to the quality of DE&I work that actually makes a positive difference.
How Inclusive Leaders promote growth at all levels
What you will learn...
Continuous learning is vital to become inclusive. You will learn...
Pitfalls of typical leaders and how to overcome them.
Personal blind-spots and how to manage them.
Exercises that you can practice to improve decision-making skills.
You'll acquire skills that enable you to:
Recalibrate your perceptions.
Strengthen relationships, even with people you don't like.
Promote fruitful collaboration.
Advance justice and belonging in the culture.
Create a plan for system transformation that:
Aligns beliefs with positive action!
Wisely use data.
Prepares change champions.
Establishes appropriate goals, rewards and consequences.
Effectively manages resistance
Defines & celebrates success!
Guide Systemic Change
Training modules below are for senior and mid-level leaders in all industries, in health care, and/or Christians.
Start at the Top!
Prepare to Welcome Your Next Executives
Senior leaders have tremendous power to create inclusive organizations and societies. But making the shift to use your power differently can be uncomfortable and scarry when you've benefitted from the status quo. However, the costs of not changing are worse. That's why Dr. Myers focuses her work on helping leaders shift.
Drawing upon her research, Dr. Myers works with ambivalent executives to help them make internal shifts and direct their power to increase diversity and inclusion at the highest ranks. The skills that we develop will improve your relationships, decision-making, overall effectiveness, and broaden your perspective in unexpected ways.
Audience: All industries, sectors and organizations.
Create a Culture of Care & Belonging
When business and medicine collide, they can create a toxic enviornment for patient care -- particularly for people of color. Research shows that providing cultural competence and DE&I training are not enough. The root problem is beyond biases. We address the basic psychology of relationship challenges to equip you with tools to change yourself, team dynamics, and the organization. Lead as if everyone's life depends on your inclusive leadership!
Audience: Healthcare administrators, clinical leaders and clinicians.
Faith-based Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice
Why is social strife rampant when ~70% of the U.S. population identify as Christians? Because ordinary sermons are not enough to create change. People need specific instructions about how to effectively connect beliefs to behaviors to create a culture that values diversity and promotes social justice.
There is hope! Studies show that structured faith-based education that combines theology with social science can lead to greater, swifter, and more sustained behavioral change than ordinary training. Dr. Myers facilitates faith-based seminars that help you build skills, collaborate with different people, and lead systemic change to uplift the common good.
Audience: Christian business leaders, professionals, and leaders in the faith community. Interfaith and secular options are available. Learn more...
These executive education courses provide an MBA / MHSA learning experience for seasoned leaders as well as new leaders who are assuming positions of greater responsibility. Standard content typically entails 6 learning sessions. Customized content, additional sessions, and executive coaching are also available.
What happens next...
We use social science, not sentiment , to promote inclusive growth.
Dr. Valerie L. Myers works with leaders and organizations to identify barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion -- and provide resources to overcome them. She uses data and diagnostic to target areas for behavioral and systemic changes. Collaboratively, leaders and teams develop skills to create an inclusive climate and link diversity to strategic goals.
Dr. Valerie L. Myers' expertise in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is informed by 25 years of academic, business, and consulting experience.
At the University of Michigan, Myers has conducted research in the healthcare industry and taught MBA and graduate courses in Diversity Equity & Inclusion. She also guest lectures in various executive education programs.
Through consulting, Myers has coached executives through diversity crises, educated governing boards, and developed strategic plans to reach diverse markets.
Clients benefit from Dr. Myers scholarship and continuous monitoring of the latest social science research, which she uses to insure that materials are are rigorous and relevant.
Organizational Climate & Diversity Management in Southeast MI Hospitals
Diversity Ideologies in Action: Energizing Renewal and Excellence in Healthcare
Generative Change in Health Care Organizations: Co-Creating Health To Reduce Health Disparities
Inspiring Inclusion: What is the evidence for faith-based leader development?