Inclusive Leadership

Be a Catalyst for Insight, Innovation, Positive Relationships & Results



Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D.

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)

Professional Services

  • 1-on-1 Coaching

  • Board Development

  • Keynote Address

  • Retreats  

  • Executive Education 

  • Organizational Diagnostics

  • Change Management 

  • Crisis Management 



​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. 

Why we need inclusive leaders...

the U.S. ranks
WEF, Inclusive Development Report 2018.  
Among 29 advanced economies
the U.S. scores 
Gini Index 2020  
0= equality           1= inequality
#109 of 144 countries
          Globally, the U.S. ranks
23rd public corruption
17th Corporate Ethics 
WEF, Global Competitiveness Report 2018.  
Racial Disparities 
People of Color disproportionately suffer inequalities in everyday stress, health, wealth, education and opportunitiesState 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.


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.

What to Expect...

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.


Self Awareness

Mental Habits

Emotional Intelligence

Social Learning

Positive Regard

Nurture Others



System Change

Goal Directed

Data Driven

Strategic Importance

Organizational Climate

HR Policies

Collaborative Teams

Positive Regard
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.

Organizational Factors

Institutionalized Bias & Inequality

National Culture & Norms

Professional/Industry Norms

Using Data


Demographic Trends

Major Social/Technological Trends

Executive Leadership 

Work Climate

Equitable & Inclusive Policies

Recruitment, Hiring & Selection

Rewards & Punishment

Leading Change: Superficial vs Deep 

Strategic Change

Difference, Innovation & Performance

Relationship Factors

Valuing Difference

Emotional Intelligence

Social Learning

Multicultural Teams

Communicating Across Cultures


Creativity + Design Thinking


Sponsorship & Promotion


Diverse Markets/Constituents

Being a Change Agent

Empathy + Caring

Positive Regard

Individual Factors






Implicit Bias

Health Risks & Well-Being

Resisting Change

Mental Habits 

Ethical Decision-making

Changing Yourself

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.

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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


Select Clients

  • University of Michigan Health System ​

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

  • Altarum Institute

  • 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)

  • Corp! Magazine

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



One does not climb to attain enlightenment.

Rather, one climbs because

they are enlightened.


Zen Master Futomaki


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