Next Level DEIA | Cohort 3

Take DEIA to the next level in your organization 

The business case for equity and inclusion is stronger than ever. That’s why the Columbus Chamber of Commerce offers a 7-week accelerator that equips organizations with the capability to infuse equity and inclusion into their DNA to attract and retain diverse talent, enhance employee engagement, improve business outcomes, and increase innovation.

Upon completion of this accelerator, participants will be able to guide organizational leaders to:

  • Align on a shared understanding and definition of DEIA across the organization
  • Craft SMART goal statements and implementation actions
  • Identify goal-aligned metrics and tell data-rich DEIA stories
  • Develop the inclusive excellence competency across the organization
  • Minimize risk and sustain performance while implementing the DEIA Action Plan 


7-week accelerator

The group will be facilitated by Sherrice Sledge-Thomas, Ankit Shah, and Varsey Laurelle – who are experts in the DEIA field. 

Series Schedule*:

The next session starts on August 1, 2023 and all sessions run from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

  • August 1, 2023 – Welcome and Onboarding
  • August 22, 2023 – DEIA Foundations
  • August 29, 2023 – DEIA in Organization Design
  • September 19, 2023 – DEIA Metrics that Matter
  • September 26, 2023 – Diverse Talent Pipelines
  • October 3, 2023 – Inclusive Leadership
  • October 17, 2023 – Engaging Employees in DEIA
  • October 24, 2023 – Leading DEIA Change
  • November 9, 2023 – Next Level DEIA Graduation

* Series programing subject to change

Cost and Registration 

The cost to participate in the program is $950 per series unless you qualify for the scholarship. 

Scholarship Criteria 

  • Employ 10-500 people
  • Desire to make systemic changes to infuse diversity, equity, inclusion, and access into policies and practices
  • Empowered to influence and make decisions in the organization

Please reach out to Sherrice Thomas with questions.

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