Labs and Summits Serve Two Different Purposes

Learning Labs
Labs are small-group experiential programs that transform workplace partnerships by building self-knowledge and understanding.

Labs leads to personal and professional action. The intent of the Labs is to create safe and meaningful dialogues, shift mindsets, and build new skills with inclusive behavior. Participants leave ready to take action as visible and courageous change agent leaders.

White Men’s Caucus
  • designed for white men only
  • 3.5 day residential program
  • up to 16 participants
White Men & Allies Lab
  • designed for people of color, women, white men
  • 3.5 day residential program
  • up to 24 participants

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Leadership Summits
Summits are large group awareness events that can involve a small executive or leadership team, or up to two hundred people.

Think of a Summit as an on-campus presentation delivering a program created in partnership with the company’s diversity team to ensure that the program is relevant to where the audience sits on the diversity journey. Depending on circumstances, Summits can be held over two days or two hours, or at a length conducive a company’s situation.

Summits & Workshops
  • introduce diversity concepts and actionable next steps
  • point the way to a long-term workplace culture change
  • convert healthy skeptics to curious engagers
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Labs and Summits are experiential and interactive in nature. Both programs provide a practice area for leaders to build greater skill and enhance their confidence to be more effective change agents.

Difference #1 - Time to Focus
The Lab is a 3-day, full immersion residential experience conducive to shifting mindsets which is the key to shifting behavior.

Labs allows leaders to shift from thinking they simply need to find the right action that will fix the problem, to more deeply understand how systemic barriers impact workplace mindsets.

Summits build awareness and heightens curiosity to learn more, and influence the personal resolve of the leaders to make a long-term difference.

 

Difference #3 - Focus on Shifting Behavior
Labs focus on shifting mindsets and practicing new behavior. Because of the longer time, participants learn at a slower pace from moments of confusion and discomfort.

Labs give busy executives a safe space to explore their confusion and express their frustration, helping them break free from old self-imposed ways of thinking that this issue is simply a problem to solve.

Summits open the door and suggest what an inclusive leadership mindset looks like and invites leaders to consider first steps.

Difference #2 - Greater Skills Development
Labs build skill with practice and sustained learning outside of formal sessions — over meals, on breaks, and during unstructured social time after evening sessions. As a result, it is difficult for leaders to return to their old ways after attending a Lab.

Labs are personal, and focus on helping attendees examine their mindset by providing a rich residential opportunity that affects long-term attitudinal thought. This translates more readily into leaders noticing organizational obstacles and non-inclusive behavior, both in themselves and others.

Summits are a one-to-many experience, ideal for companies in the early or middle stages of their diversity journey who wish to introduce or extend their diversity initiatives.

Difference #4 - Format & Focus
Summits are shorter and non-residential, and so, less personal. Labs are designed and facilitated to build key personal relationships that drive the learning.

Summits open the door and suggest what an inclusive leadership mindset looks like and invites leaders to consider first steps. Summits are theory-based in the early going and then turns to practice and dialogue.

Labs are about immersion. Confusion and discomfort are key learning modalities built into the design.