Next Level DEIA

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 

Each participant who completes the program will receive a certification and digital badge.


7-week accelerator

The group will be facilitated by Varsey Laurelle and Kelly Fuller. 

Series Schedule*:

The next session starts on April 23, 2024, and all sessions run from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

  • April 23rd – Orientation
  • April 30th – DEIA Foundations
  • May 7th – DEIA in Org Design
  • May 14th – DEIA Metrics that Matter
  • May 21st – Inclusive Leadership
  • May 28th – Engaging Employees in DEIA
  • June 4th – Diverse Talent Pipelines
  • June 11th – Leading DEIA Change
  • June 12th – Graduation

* Series programming subject to change

Cost and Registration 

The cost to participate in the program is $950 per series. 

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

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