Inclusion Drives Innovation

What is Inclusion Drives Innovation?

Inclusion Drives Innovation (IDI) is a ticketed professional development program led by a professional facilitator with a practical, tactical approach to identifying and scaling up DEI best practices.


This program is a direct response to KSA members' requests for expanded programming on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in order to help them continue to prioritize and get smarter about the strategies they use. It is an expansion of KSA’s DEI work that began in 2018 and, in 2019 included a year-long learning journey for 17 Kendall leaders led by Civic Designers.


IDI participants will deepen their network, learn tools to measure their organization’s DEI practices, and share thoughtful, scalable ideas for creating a more inclusive workplace.

When will IDI take place?

The program will include five 90-minute sessions, tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • September 17: Introductions, group agreements, foundational overview of DEI
  • October 1: Understanding your personal DEI journey (discussion of identity, definitions, bias, socialization, reviewing the historical roots of racism in the United States)
  • October 15 & 29: Understanding your organization’s DEI journey (organizational assessment, discussion of metrics and measurement), sharing of best practices
  • November 12: Discussion of organizational challenges, action planning, and wrap up

Who should attend IDI?

This program is geared toward people managers, as well as HR, Talent, CSR leaders involved in DEI programming and policy at the company level. Participants will be expected to fully engage in conversations focused on their greatest pain points and community successes, both personally and within their organization. 

What is the program cost?

Individual and group tickets for IDI will be made available in July.

How can I get involved?

Please complete this short form and we will respond within 48 hours.

Who is facilitating IDI?

The KSA is partnering with She+ Geeks Out to provide professional facilitation for this program. 

She+ Geeks Out empowers women in the workplace by educating, promoting, and supporting diverse and inclusive companies and organizations. They provide tech and tech-adjacent womxn and their allies an opportunity to network and connect with each other as well as with companies who wish to hire them. At the same time, they support companies in their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and tools to create an inclusive environment in a safe and welcoming space.