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Inclusion Drives Innovation is a ten-week professional development program designed by and for Kendall Square Association members focused on building anti-racist organizations, understanding cultural and social identity, unpacking bias, microaggressions, allyship, and leading across differences. Inclusion Drives Innovation empowers participants to expedite the rate of change in their organizations by fostering collaboration and peer accountability, highlighting bright spots, and creating a forum to share best practices.

Building on two years of insights drawn from the KSA Diversity Equity and Inclusion learning community, Inclusion Drives Innovation focuses on addressing racism as the critical starting point that enables change. This program is entirely virtual, leveraging digital platforms to create a community, even when participants need to maintain physical distance.

Program will start on Tuesday, March 16 through Tuesday May 25. Missed this session? Scroll down to see how you could be a part of our next round!


Inclusion Drives Innovation Fall 2021 Interest

"If you missed this springtime's Inclusion Drives Innovation program and you are interested in participating in a potential Fall 2021 session, please fill out the form below. Your interest helps us gauge participation!"

Who Attends

Inclusion Drives Innovation is for people who are ready to deepen their knowledge of anti-racism, committed to taking action, and are motivated by driving impact. We encourage multiple employees from each member organization to participate to create a team of change agents. All employees will benefit from this program, however, senior leaders who are empowered to create impact will derive the most benefit. Participants might come from the following fields:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • People Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Affinity group leaders

How Does the Program Work

The program is 10 two hour sessions held weekly on Tuesday’s starting on Tuesday, March 16th (from 10 a.m. to noon) and ending on Tuesday, May 25th, with a break on Tuesday, April 20th to accommodate school vacation week schedules. 

Inclusion Drives Innovation is broken into two parts:

  • Part 1: Develop your personal diversity, equity, and inclusion learning journey
  • Part 2: Best practices for building an anti-racist organization

At the end of Part 1, participants will have a deeper understanding of identity, privilege, micro-aggressions, and the roots of racism in American society. At the end of the second session, participants will have completed an assessment of their organization’s culture, policies, programs, and power structures with an anti-racist lens. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes preparing for each session. Total time commitment to Inclusion Drives Innovation is approximately 25 hours. The deadline for registration is March 5th.

What will I learn?

  • How to effectively create impact within your organization through systems and process change
  • Understand and articulate language associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Become more comfortable with and honest about your role in the systems that oppress marginalized people  
  • Create a peer network for support and shared learning
  • Become actively anti-racist

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.

Participation Fee

The program costs $2,000 per participant. Participants are eligible to receive SHRM credit for participation. We strongly encourage companies to send groups of employees to go on this learning journey together, and we offer a group discount rate of 10% for the purchase of four or more tickets.


Do you need additional information? Contact Alana Olsen-Westwater, Vice President, Strategy and Operations at alana@kendallsquare.org.