Leadership Development

Greater Boston’s talented workforce isn’t just a driving force of our economy. It’s our competitive advantage.

We help our members invest in that talent through comprehensive leadership development offerings designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office. Our leadership development programs offer a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning that allows participants to:

  • Build meaningful, long-lasting connections
  • Learn from our region's most influential leaders
  • Think critically about key business, policy and civic issues facing Greater Boston

Overview of Certificate: Fluency in diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical for business success in our increasingly complex and networked worlds, and the urgency has never been more clear.  In a three-module, six-session leadership development series, offered in partnership with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group, participants at any level of their organization will be equipped with actionable tools and techniques to bring back to their workplaces. 

The three modules are broken down into six sessions delivered twice a week over three weeks. Each module will build in complexity, starting with foundational understanding, building to DEI strategy for businesses, and concluding with training on the nuanced aspects of DEI including unconscious bias and microaggressions. Can’t attend all of it? Don’t let that discourage you - start somewhere and join us for one of the modules. We will offer this program at least twice a year – starting summer and fall 2020. 

A digital certificate will be awarded upon completion of all three modules (a total of six sessions). 

Note: There is a cap of three participants per company per cohort. This allows more organizations to access this opportunity and ensures all participants can fully participate and be candid.


Session Descriptions and Fall Dates

Module 1: DEI Foundation

  • Session 1 - Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Friday, October 23, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

This workshop will provide you with a solid DEI base to build upon. At the end of the module, each attendee will walk away with a foundational understanding of basic terms and concepts as well as some simple but effective actions that can be used immediately to positively impact their organization’s inclusion practices. This module is appropriate for those new to the workforce, seasoned executives, and everyone in between.


Module 2:  DEI Strategy

  • Session 1 - Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Friday, October 30, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

This workshop takes DEI thinking to the next level. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding around DEI strategy.  In this module, we will discuss the reasons organizations work on DEI, why DEI doesn’t just happen organically, the actions organizations can take that are proven to advance DEI, and how to measure the progress. This session is ideal for someone with foundational understanding of DEI, as well as anyone with strategic responsibilities within their organization.


Module 3: DEI Nuance

  • Session 1 - Friday, November 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

This workshop goes into two of the more nuanced aspects of DEI – unconscious bias and microaggressions. In this session, we will discuss what, how, why, and when these things happen. You will also learn how to mitigate their impact in the workplace and to create a more diverse and inclusive organizational culture. This session is appropriate for anyone interested in becoming a more inclusive colleague and/or leader.


  • Member Rate: $125/module or $350/certificate which includes 3 modules (6 sessions)
  • Government Rate: $125/module or $350/certificate which includes 3 modules (6 sessions)
  • Non Member Rate: $250/module or $695/certificate which includes 3 modules (6 sessions)


Disclaimer: Space is limited. If you are not able to register for this session, we are happy to add you to a waitlist for future sessions.


Who is this program meant for?

  • Professionals looking for more fluency in DEI as well as actionable tools and techniques to bring back to their workplaces. This could be an individual contributor, human resources representative, diversity and inclusion professional, or manager. We encourage more than one person per organization to participate to help increase organizational comfort with and adoption of learnings.

What if I'm brand new to the DEI world and / or already a DEI professional?

  • Join us! We’d love to learn with and from you. We do require you to complete all modules to earn the certificate even if you have previous knowledge.

How often is this certificate being offered?

  • We will offer this program at least twice a year – starting summer and fall 2020. 

How many sessions do I need to attend to receive the certificate?

  • The certificate includes three modules with two sessions each. You must attend each module (total of 6 sessions) to earn the certificate. The same modules will be repeated in the fall.

Can you take the modules separately?

  • You can take the modules separately, but you must attend both sessions in each module. If you’d like to earn the certificate, you must attend all three modules: DEI Foundation, DEI Strategy and DEI Nuance.

What is the certificate?

  • You will be awarded a virtual badge to include on your LinkedIn profile. You can also reference the certificate on your resume.

How will the program be delivered?

  • We will use a password protected Zoom meeting to host all 2020 sessions.

Is there any pre-work?

  • There is no pre-work for the certificate. You may be provided with resources to explore on your own after the session is completed.

I'm interested in this program but not sure how to convince my company/supervisor to invest in it and let me take time off of work to attend - any advice?

  • We have you covered. Check out this sample email you can send to the decision-maker to explain the details and why this is important for you to participate in. 

I want the member rate - how do I become a member of the Chamber?

  • Membership is made on the company level so first check our member directory to see if your company is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
  • If not, you or someone with decision making abilities should complete an online application and someone from our member services team will reach out.

Delivery Partner

Summer Series Sponsors