Inclusive Leadership


Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D.

Reimagine 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 can provide evidence-based tools that help you go beyond unconscious bias training 1, 2, 3 to develop skills and make systemic changes that create an equitable, positive, high-performing work climate. 

Dr. Myers is a DE&I scholar with nearly 20 years of experience developing and teaching graduate courses at the University of Michigan. She has conducted research and published insights  in academic journals. More importantly, she helps leaders like you expand your knowledge and skills to achieve results. Dr. Myers consults with 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 

  • Strategic Change



​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 do we need Inclusive Leaders?


Ethics, Inclusion and Equality interdependently influence institutions, relationships, self-perceptions, performance, and civil society. Transformational leaders and teams need insights and skills to master this entire continuum, illustrated below.


Dr. Valerie L. Myers is uniquely qualified to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations that help you integrate history, management, policy, and psychology, informed by her doctoral training in Organizational Psychology & Social Work Policy from the University of Michigan. During executive education, Myers guides you across the continuum -- from insights about history and oppressive structures to helping leaders increase self-awareness and build skills to transform systems and achieve strategic goals.

Cultivate Skills    |     Change Systems     |     Achieve Strategic Goals

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 systemic changes. Collaboratively, leaders and teams develop skills to create an 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 to overcome biases and barriers in relationships

What is Positive Regard? It's more than being respectful or "nice". Positive Regard is a robust relationship skill that helps you cultivate disciplined self-awareness to overcome biases in your interactions with people -- particularly people who are 'different'. Unlike trendy diversity training, decades of research shows that Positive Regard is a powerful catalyst for productive human connections; it promotes better relationships and outcomes (27-36%) such as increased engagement, problem solving, vitality and human flourishing.4  Positive Regard creates the space for social learning, enabling diversity to add value to teams and organizations. It can also counter racism, sexism and other -isms of oppression. Positive Regard is vital to promote inclusion and craft policies that lead to systemic 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 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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