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University of Phoenix Inclusive Leadership Summit

Thanks for joining our inaugural summit and career fair on April 12– 15, 2022. Watch sessions and browse highlights from the event below. Stay tuned on dates for next year’s summit.

ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2022

Creating the Intentional Leader of Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Our free Inclusive Leadership Summit focused on developing skills as an inclusive leader with tracks in leadership management, education and healthcare. Participants engaged with experts to address systemic inequities, emotional and structural barriers, and psychological safety.

Our summit featured:

  • Deep dive workshops

  • Empowering messages by leaders in the field

  • Networking opportunities

  • A career fair with 35 employers

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SUMMIT SESSIONS

Watch recordings from the summit

Our three-day summit included sessions dedicated to inclusive leadership in practice and what research is telling us to help participants lead as change agents. Watch session recordings below.

Getting to equity in a time of backlash 

In this session, Tim Wise explores the current backlash against diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (and the larger anti-racism movement) and places the backlash in historical perspective.

Empathy and authenticity in leadership

This session includes a candid and courageous panel discussion with industry experts sharing what it means to lead with empathy and authenticity while tackling emotional and structural barriers.

Racelighting: Addressing inauthentic allyship

This session highlights how racelighting is evident in the experiences of people of color in education, healthcare, business and more. Dr. Wood discusses strategies to reduce the effect of racelighting.

Highlights at a glance

We welcomed 1,415 participants from 22 countries to our first summit and career fair.  

55

University of Phoenix summit volunteers

64

speakers, including academics and practitioners

189

self and social awareness badges awarded

443

job seekers attended the summit

Read summaries about the summit’s opening and closing keynote sessions.

Quotes from summit attendees

The Summit was an absolutely fabulous experience. I feel so honored to have been a part of it. I was so excited to see an organization who hires neurodivergent individuals included!”

Misty Smith

Current student at University of Phoenix

The Summit provided a valuable opportunity to learn more about DEI and experience it from an organization leadership as well as societal perspective.”

Herman van Niekerk, PhD

Associate Dean in the College of Doctoral Studies

Once the narrative shifts and people start to use language like ‘systemic injustice,’ that makes this moment very dangerous with two forces at play, one pulling forward and the other pulling backward. The question remains: who will prevail?”

Tim Wise, keynote speaker

Anti-racist author and activist

Summit mission

The Inclusive Leadership Summit is committed to fostering an atmosphere of life-long learning as we explore and address systemic inequities to inform and impact an ever-changing workforce. 

The summit integrates research findings from University of Phoenix Career Institute™ and Research Centers to influence topics addressed while highlighting academic fields of study offered at the University.

Inclusive Leadership Summit press coverage 

Dr. J. Luke Wood to be closing keynote speaker for Inclusive Leadership Summit  

Preeminent advocate, researcher and educator will lead closing session of the virtual event.  

University of Phoenix welcomes 1,400+ participants at its inaugural Inclusive Leadership Summit

The virtual event focused on developing skills as an inclusive leader and providing networking opportunities.

Saray Lopez featured guest on podcast “In the Margins” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Podcast episode focused on virtual Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair.

About us

University of Phoenix has long been focused on creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive and belonging (DEIB) learning and workplace environment. We seek to foster a space where we can share and reflect on what we have learned, our successes, and focus on opportunities to further our DEIB growth and potential as well as that of our communities where we teach, learn, live and work.

Frequently asked questions

What is inclusive leadership? 

Inclusive leadership embraces the term "inclusion" in all aspects of business operations. Inclusive leadership is an important part of a company's long-term viability and competitiveness. That's why inclusive leadership is a critical skill to master. An article in Harvard Business Review suggests it can help leaders and organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent.

What are the 6 c’s of inclusive leadership?

Based on a study of inclusive leaders conducted by Deloitte, there are six signature characteristics of inclusive leadership. These include commitment, courage, cognizance of bias, curiosity, cultural intelligence and collaboration. Read more about each characteristic.