This time has long passed when diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) outcomes are a nice-to-have. Public media leaders have a critical responsibility to implement equitable practices in our organizations and build more diverse audiences. As leaders, we’re being called to develop new skills and new strategies. We must lead our organizations differently. The change starts with ourselves, but we can’t do it alone.
The DEI Executive Forum is a powerful cohort experience that gives public media executives the leadership skills and strategy to make equity a reality in our organizations.
Created and led by Equity Strategist Minal Bopaiah, this six-month cohort uses principles of behavioral science and human-centered design to enable participants to move toward lasting organizational change.
Who Is It For
The DEI Executive Forum is for leaders at public media news stations who:
- Hold executive decision-making responsibility (e.g. general managers)
- Recognize that leaders are responsible for DEI station outcomes
- Believe that DEI must advance in order for our stations to be able to fulfill our mission and be sustainable
- Have completed some foundational DEI work at the station and are committed to allocating financial and internal resources to DEI efforts
What Does It Do?
Each participant will create an actionable strategic plan focused on specific and meaningful advancement of DEI at their organization. At the same time, each participant will develop and enhance their own unique leadership skills in order to ensure they can effectively implement their plan.
Participants will join a learning cohort of 10-15 fellow public media executives for six months.
Each cohort member will be supported to develop a strategic plan that meets their station’s thorniest DEI challenges. (The plan may be newly created or integrated into an existing organizational strategic plan).
About Minal Bopaiah
The DEI Executive Forum is designed and facilitated by Minal Bopaiah.
“Minal is an excellent guide through challenging terrain. She brought an engaging and thoughtful approach to discussions that newsroom leaders need, especially for groups that might think a topline grasp is sufficient understanding to really move the needle on their teams.”
Edith Chapin, V.P. & Executive Editor, NPR
Minal Bopaiah is an author, speaker, and strategic consultant with more than 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of expertise include human-centered design, behavior change science, and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to media, marketing and communications, and organization design.
Module 1: Seeing the System
This cohort will take advantage of having the first session in person to focus on developing system sight, a critical skill for equitable leaders, and strengthening ties as a cohort. We will discuss why DEI is imperative for the mission and survival of public media, and tie DEI goals to audience development and other key business functions. Participants will be provided with an overview of how to design an equitable organization with the unique considerations of public media in mind. They will be exposed to concepts of equitable leadership, and have the opportunity to discuss how they can make these ideas a reality in their organizations.
Between Module 1 and 2, participants will be invited to a webinar to be briefed on two leadership assessments that they will undergo – the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the EQi-2.0. These webinars will be recorded so that participants can watch them at their convenience if they are unable to attend the live event. No other sessions will be recorded during the Forum in order to preserve confidentiality.
The DEI Executive Forum includes six day-long sessions, two leadership assessments, one-on-one coaching between sessions, course materials, a strategic plan template, as well as the benefit of cohort learning among senior leaders in public media. The cost to participate is $9,950 per participant.
A bespoke engagement with an organization resulting in a strategic plan usually costs between $50,000-$100,000, depending on the size of the organization. Through cohort learning with leadership, general managers will save significant expense.
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