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FAQ’s

What is Inclusion Academy?
Inclusion Academy is a year-long (12 months) experiential journey designed by Dr. Steve L. Robbins and S.L. Robbins & Associates to assist in the growth of individuals and organizations doing the rewarding, but often difficult work of inclusion and diversity within their respective organizations.  One part networking and collaboration and one part education and development, Inclusion Academy provides participants (and their organizations) valuable resources as they build and cultivate an inclusive culture where diversity is leveraged.
 
What do my organization and I receive with Inclusion Academy?
Inclusion Academy provides participants and their organizations access to a diverse bundle of services and products (valued at over $500,000) that will greatly assist them on their inclusion and diversity journey, at a fraction of the normal cost. The five main components of Inclusion Academy are listed below:
 
Component 1 - Cohort Class: Organizationally selected participants will be part of a cohort group that meets virtually once a month. The 50-minutes sessions will engage participants in cutting-edge training and development, allow them to network and learn from others with similar responsibilities, share stories and best practices, and refresh and re-energize with like-minded others in their cohort group. In addition, three, 2-day in-person retreats are scheduled for the year. New for 2024, cohort members will engage in a self-development and growth by participating in Dr. Robbins' HERO Skills for Inclusive Leadership learning and practice program. Each organization can name up to four people to participate in the cohort class. 
($50,000 value)
Component 2 - Organizational Workshops/Webinars: Every employee of Inclusion Academy organizational members will have full access to monthly virtual education and training workshops conducted by Dr. Robbins. These 30 to 45-minute webinars (and additional “special topic” workshops) are available to all associates/employees of participating organizations and will cover topics that range from unconscious bias to understanding systemic racism to the neuroscience of belonging. Designed and developed by Dr. Robbins to help organizations with ongoing training and education, they will also serve to keep relevant issues of top-of-mind and enable more curious conversations with respect to issues of inclusion and diversity. (More than $300,000 value)
Component 3 - Education & Training Videos Library: Every employee will have full  access to Dr. Robbins’ extensive library of training and education videos which includes the very popular Inclusion Insights burst-learning videos (First and Second Edition), the Inclusive History and Heritage series and the 3 R’s of Mindful Engagement, along with a just created Breaking Bad Bias series. Moreover, “bite-size” training videos will be produced on a monthly basis that can be used for continuous learning and to trigger more mindful and inclusive behaviors within organizations. (More than $100,000 value)
Component 4 - E-Learning Courses: Participating organizations will have access to Dr. Robbins’ proprietary e-learning and micro-learning courses at a 50% discount. Courses include but are not limited to the following:
  • Your Brain is Good at Inclusion...Except When It's Not
  • Breaking Bad Bias
  • Unintentional Intolerance
  • Understanding Systemic Racism
  • An Open-Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close
(More than $100,000 value)
 
Component 5 - The HERO Skills© for Inclusive Leadership: Developed by Dr. Steve Robbins, the HERO Skills for Inclusive Leadership is a set of foundational skills essential for creating an inclusive culture – a culture in which people have a high sense of belonging and high levels of psychological safety. These individual level, meta-cognitive skills are necessary for cultivating relationships, strengthening relational bonds, and engendering trust. The multi-week practice program that involves learning, deliberate practice, and feedback takes leadership development to another level, going beyond learning concepts toward mastery of necessary skills . Inclusion Academy participants receive a year-long license to use the proprietary HERO Skills for Inclusive Leadership practice program in their organization. (More than $35,000 value)
Face-to-Face Meetings: A total of three in-person, two-day "retreats" for individual participants will be part of Inclusion Academy 2024. The first is tentatively scheduled for February 22-23, 2024 (Naples, FL). The second retreat will take place June 13-14, 2024 (Grand Rapids, MI) as a mid-journey check-in, and the final get-together in December 5-6, 2024 (Naples, FL) for review, next steps, and celebratory “graduation.”
Who should take part in Inclusion Academy?
Inclusion Academy is designed for those responsible for inclusion and diversity efforts within their organization, ranging from Chief Diversity Officers to VP’s of Human Resources to Human Resource Managers, as well as other directors and leaders. Participants will be part of a cohort group throughout the entirety of the year-long academy, learning and growing as a community of allies for inclusion and diversity.
When Does Inclusion Academy Start/End?
Inclusion Academy will be launched January 26, 2024, ending December 31, 2024. Click here for a look at the preliminary, tentative schedule for IA2044. Additional webinars, special workshops and activities will be added with the input from the IA2024 class.. 
 
What is the Cost?
Participation in Inclusion Academy provides a great value for organizations committed to the inclusion and diversity journey. Cost is laid out below:
Diamond Package: $99,500 - Includes all 5 main components 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 above
Platinum Package: $84,500 - Includes choice of 3 components above
Gold Package: $64,500 - Includes choice of 2 components above
Cohort Package: $39,500 - Includes component 1 (Cohort Class, up to 6 individual participants)
Individual Package: $20,000 - Includes all 5 main components for one person.
Each package allows for four individuals, (Silver Package  allows 6 individuals) to participate in the cohort group. Additional participants are $2,500/participant for any other participants from the organization.  Participants per organization may be limited, dependent on size of cohort group.
We'd like to participate, but don't have the budget this year. What can we do?
If you don't have enough dollars in your budget this year to take part in Inclusion Academy, we will work with you to create a payment plan over two or three fiscal years to ensure that your participation becomes a reality. We'd just ask that you make a nominal downpayment in this fiscal year to secure your organization's participation in Inclusion Academy.
What happens after a year, once Inclusion Academy ends ?
Once the year-long program ends, we are planning on continuing with year two, then year three, and so on. We will adjust services and products in subsequent years with input from from Inclusion Academy participants to make sure participants get the greatest value for their time and financial investment.
How do I sign up for Inclusion Academy?
If you would like to get more info and/or sign up for Inclusion Academy, please contact Dr. Steve Robbins via email (steve@slrobbins.com) or mobile/text (616.818.6485). Inclusion Academy launches January 26, 2024 with the first cohort group meeting. Hope to see you in the first meeting!
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