The Inclusive Manager Program

Inclusive Manager Program

TEACHING NEWS MANAGERS TO LEAD THROUGH TODAY’S COMPLEX CHALLENGES

Learn to lead with essential skills of managing people in today’s complex and dynamic newsrooms.

Today’s managers and leaders have to address the complex challenges facing our industry when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion. This starts with the people we hire and continues through empowering the voices in our organizations.

The Inclusive Manager Program is designed for new managers and managers who have not received recent formal training.

Through hands-on sessions and discussions, participants will learn about situational leadership, the types of power we have as leaders and why we need more empathy in the newsroom.

Created and led by veteran editor Kathy Lu and leadership development and DEI specialist Shilpa Alimchandani, this six-week cohort takes participants from defining their own leadership style to understanding the principles of effective human-centered management strategies.

Who is it for?

The Inclusive Manager Program is for new leaders and managers at public media news stations who:

  • Have taken on new responsibilities as a leader within the last 12 months.
  • May or may not have direct reports
  • Are responsible for making decisions that affect newsroom culture and/or content
  • Believe that DEI principles are integral to public media’s sustainability and mission
  • Want to become more self-aware leaders and colleagues

What Does It Do?

By the end of the six-week program, participants will have built their competence to manage a team in a fast-paced environment, confidence to lead effectively in uncertain times, and community to support their ongoing learning.

Participants will join a learning cohort of 10-15 fellow public media managers for 6 two-hour sessions that will be held once a week over the course of six weeks.

Group Facilitators

 

Kathy Lu

About Kathy Lu

The Inclusive Manager Program is co-designed and facilitated by Kathy Lu.

Kathy Lu did a great job leading sensitivity training for our newsroom. We were able to come together and have open and honest conversations. We wanted to hold these sessions in a timely manner and Kathy delivered. We hope to work with her again in the future.

– Norman Parish, deputy managing editor for DEI/administration and planning
for Chicago Sun-Times

Kathy Lu is the founder of Audiencibility, a media consulting business dedicated to helping people, especially journalists, be successful. She draws from more than two decades of experience in the industry as a leader, manager and editor. She has worked in public media as a digital editor for America Amplified and in legacy media (The Kansas City Star and The Roanoke Times) as an enterprise and features editor. She is currently an adjunct at Poynter who leads DEI training programs.

Shilpa Alimchandani

About Shilpa Alimchandani

The Inclusive Manager Program is co-designed and facilitated by Shilpa Alimchandani.

“Shilpa’s calm and caring demeanor, rooted in her own personal story, experiences and authenticity has enhanced our organizational engagement around DEI. Shilpa’s subject-matter expertise and inclusive approach makes her an ideal strategic ‘thought partner’ and leader in the DEI space.”

– Jacqueline Oburu, Vice President, HR & Administration, Search for Common Ground

Shilpa Alimchandani is Principal Consultant at Brevity & Wit, a strategy and design firm focused on helping organizations achieve the change they wish to see in the world. Shilpa Alimchandani has more than 20 years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), leadership development, and facilitation. With her deep knowledge of various learning modalities, intercultural leadership development, and human-centered design, Shilpa is able to craft interventions that are targeted, impactful, and appropriate for diverse, global audiences. She is also a certified leadership coach who partners with clients to realize their full potential.

Dates

All sessions will be two hours and take place virtually. Each session will be a combination of education, breakout discussions, practice, and problem solving with peers. All sessions take place from 11am-1pm ET.

Participants will join a learning cohort of 10-15 fellow public media managers for 6 two-hour sessions that will be held once a week over the course of six weeks.

See the full schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
SESSION 1: Redefining leadership for yourself
Objectives:

  • Orient to purpose and goals of the program
  • Create a sense of community in the cohort
  • Deepen self-awareness

Friday, October 21, 2022
SESSION 2: Understanding power and building trust
Objectives:

  • Define power
  • Learn how to use power to effect positive change
  • Create systems to foster trust

Friday, October 28, 2022
SESSION 3: There’s no one “best way” to be a leader
Objectives:

  • Diagnose the needs of your team
  • Identify what leadership skills best address those needs (delegate, support, coach and direct)
  • Practice adjusting your leadership to meet the needs of different situations

Friday, November 4, 2022
SESSION 4: Harnessing your emotional intelligence
Objective:

  • Identify what emotions underlie your reactions and behavior
  • Build skills in practicing empathy as a manager
  • Learn how to influence leaders in positions with greater authority than your own

Thursday, November 10, 2022
SESSION 5: Navigating difficult conversations
Objectives:

  • Learn how to prepare for difficult conversations
  • Develop skills to give feedback
  • Learn how to receive feedback and demonstrate accountability

Friday, November 18, 2022
SESSION 6: Putting it all together
Objective:

  • Describe your leadership fears and hopes
  • Share insights and skills you learned in the program
  • Commit to practicing three inclusive leadership behaviors


 

Investment

The Inclusive Manager Program includes six two-hour long sessions, course materials, and the benefit of cohort learning among peer leaders in public media. The cost to participate is $1,200 per person for participants registering on or before September 23rd. The fee increases to $1,350 after September 23rd.

Registration

The Fall 2022 course is sold out. If you would like to join the waitlist for the next Inclusive Manager Program, please complete the form below.