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Inclusive Leaders Academy at Georgia Tech

Become a More Agile and Inclusive Leader

The Inclusive Leaders Academy (ILA) is a 13-week, hybrid leadership development course offered without cost to people and program managers at Georgia Tech. The program comprises of carefully curated content spanning multiple disciplines. Participants progress through the curriculum with a cohort of like-minded leaders, with whom they engage in interactive workshops and synthesize their learning.

We provide innovative professional development experiences for leaders who proactively want to build self-awareness, increase their personal power, and global leadership capacity.

Who Should Participate?

The Inclusive Leaders Academy is open to all people leaders, managers, administrators, researchers, and academic professionals at Georgia Tech. Eligibility is based on one of the following:

  • holding a supervisory role in a campus unit
  • leading an enterprise project
  • successfully completing a qualifying existing campus leadership development program
  • serving in a leadership role in an Employee Resource Group, Diversity Council, Staff Council, or other approved campus network.

All culture champions from prior cohorts are welcome to take courses this spring to refresh their knowledge on aspects of inclusive leadership and to enhance the learning environment for the current cohort. Culture Champions will also be eligible to participate in future Change Maker DEI Coaching certificate™ programs being offered. 

Nominations for our eighth cohort will open this fall. Click the button below to get notified when they open!

Program Pillars

Self Awareness

Who are you? What are your existing scripts and beliefs?

Recognize the tenets of identity and develop habits to practice greater authenticity, mitigate unconscious bias, and how “we thrive on diversity.

Social Intelligence

How do you engage and influence others?

Identify and develop habits to build effective relationships with direct reports, peers, and supervisors. Cultivate trust, cultural awareness, empathy and compassion.


Who do you want to be as a leader?​ “What is your call to courage?”

Identify tools to practice courage as a leader. Learn the power of vulnerability and storytelling, to create connection, inclusivity and lead with confidence. Build skills to have tough conversations while strengthening relationships and team dynamics.

Key Learning Benefits

There are many reasons to complete the Inclusive Leaders Academy. Some of the primary benefits you may find in your day-to-day job:

  • Improve your decision making 

  • Gain insights and tools to strengthen your teams 

  • Enhance the organizational climate of your unit as well as the institution 

  • and more!

2023 Inclusive Leaders Academy Recap

The seventh cohort of the Inclusive Leaders Academy kicked off on February 7, 2023. 65 GT leaders were selected to embark on a self-paced professional development program unlike anything else they had experienced. The ILA curriculum blends content from multiple disciplines, including storytelling, mindfulness, the science of teams and bias, and the courage-based leadership research of Brené Brown, Ph.D., in her book, Dare to Lead. The cohort experience concluded with a keynote on Allyship, by acclaimed legal scholar and DEI practitioner, Kenji Yoshino, J.D.

Past Featured Facilitators

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Kenji Yoshino, J.D. 

  • Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law 
  • Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging 
  • Author, Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity and Justice 
  • 2023 Closing Keynote Speaker 
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Sue O'Halloran 

  • President, O’Halloran Diversity Productions 
  • National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Awardee 
  • Producer and director of multicultural performances and internationally recognized films including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre
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Loretta Ross 

  • Associate Professor for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College 
  • 2022 MacArthur Fellow 
  • Founder, National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia 
  • Auther, Calling In the Calling Out Culture