Introducing LeadDIVERSITY!

LeadDIVERSITY is a program of Inclusive Communities in partnership with OPPD, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and The Business Ethics Alliance.  This year long program is designed to build a network of leaders dedicated to creating localized solutions to diversity and inclusion opportunities in Nebraska. During this program, leaders will engage in topics that will leave them well versed and experienced in anticipating diversity and inclusion needs in the workplace as well as the community.

LeadDIVERSITY participants (referred to as Advocates) receive exceptional skills training to move Nebraska workplaces and communities forward. They will work together on a diversity, equity and inclusion focused service project highlighting the imperative nature of implementing serious social change.

LeadDIVERSITY will redefine leadership both for the individuals who participate and the organizations and business they represent.


LeadDIVERSITY redefines leadership to build inclusive and diverse teams.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The LeadDIVERSITY program approaches diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault, interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive change. Participants of LeadDIVERSITY can be from various corporate, non-profit, governmental, educational, health and community organizations. The program is for any leader who has an interest in the impact of diversity at work, in their personal lives and/or communities, including Managers, Human Resources professionals, Diversity Councils, and other community, business and organizational leaders.

Application and Participation Information

Application period is May 1st through May 31st. All applications will be notified by July 15th. The selection committee seeks applicants with proven leadership skills who have exhibited a strong community commitment.
Tuition is $1,750 (partial scholarships are available).

Applications require:

  • letter of recommendation (optional)
  • participation note from supervisor
  • resume
  • essay

Workshop Dates and Information

August 22, 2019 –9am – 10:30am – Group Meet and Greet
September 11, 2019 – Laying the Foundation
Begin working with classmates to explore group dynamics, leadership roles and communication.
October 8, 2019 – Identity
Examine identities and their intersections with privilege.
November 13, 2019 – Leaving a Legacy – Legacy Service Project Planning
Take the opportunity to think more deeply about leaving a class legacy through service.
December 11, 2019 – Institutional Inequities
Investigate systemic inequities in our community and explore ways to begin addressing those issues.
January 8, 2020 – Surviving Hate
Discussing hate, discrimination and social movements from the past and current examples in our community today.
February 12, 2020 – Omaha: East & West
Participate in a guided bus tour of the City neighborhoods and learn where we have been and what we can do moving forward as a city.
March 11, 2020 – Learning and Leading
Get up to date info about LGTBQ+ issues in the community.April TBD – Humanitarian Brunch
April 8, 2020 –Ethical Leadership
In guided activities and dialogue with the Business Ethics Alliance, participants will explore the dimensions of what it means to be an ethical leader and practice tools to elevate their ethical leadership influence.
May 13, 2020 – Creating Inclusion
Discover what cultural competence can look like in an inclusive workplace, and ways to create it.

Applications will be accepted May 1st – May 31st.


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