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INCLUSION BY DESIGN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (IBD) is a multi-faceted executive leadership program that uses a market-based approach to leadership development.  The IDB program strives specifically to create a pipeline of competitive, highly skilled leaders - people of color and women - who are prepared to function successfully in an executive assignment.  

Six distinct themes – Leading Yourself, Leading Others, Leading with Diversity and Inclusion, Leading within the Organization, Leading Change through Transition and Preparing for the Executive Interview  – provide a multi-format approach that focuses on the marketplace leader.

Graduates of the program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to function successfully in an executive leadership role, to navigate gender, racial and cultural biases well, to foster a more competitive, creative and innovative workplace and to fuel growth.

Who Should Attend

The Inclusion By Design Executive Leadership Program is designed for women and people of color (a) who are already functioning at the senior level and experiencing success in their current role, but who have a desire and the capacity to grow; (b) who have been identified by executive management to have executive management level potential; or (c) who have great technical skills, but need to learn to think more strategically and to focus on impact.   Each IBD participant must be nominated for the program by an executive of their respective companies. 

Key Benefits  

For companies and organizations that believe diversity is a competitive strength, the Inclusion by Design Executive Leadership Program provides a local opportunity to invest in their high-potential leaders and to create their company’s in-house pipeline of diverse, highly skilled executive-level talent.  

Participants in each cohort will learn from accomplished executive leaders, experiential initiatives, personalized assessments, executive coaching, mentoring and assignments between sessions.  They will complete the program with an articulated personal leadership philosophy, an understanding of best practices of executives, an awareness of culture diversity and its relevance to successful executive leadership, and an expanded leadership style.


The Inclusion by Design Executive Leadership Program is structured around six executive leadership sessions, eight 1.5-hour executive coaching sessions and two community engagement activities spread over the ten-month program duration. Four key leadership assessments form the foundation for the executive coaching sessions and help steer creation of an individual development plan (IDP) for each Fellow.  The IDP serves as a guide to achieve specific, personal growth during the ten-month program and afterward.

Curriculum Partners

Milestone Leadership; Northwest Arkansas:  Executive Leadership curriculum development and facilitation; executive coaching

Turning Point Leadership Group, LLC; Atlanta, GA:  Diversity and Inclusion curriculum development and facilitation

Program Dates

Session 1:

March 26-28, 2019

Northwest Arkansas

Session 2:

April 15, 2019

Chattanooga, TN

Session 3:

May 16, 2019

Chattanooga, TN

Session 4:

August 15, 2019

Chattanooga, TN

Session 5:

September 19, 2019

Chattanooga, TN

Session 6:

October 17, 2019

Chattanooga, TN

Program Fees

Tuition:  $7,500.00 Plus

Transportation to and from the March leadership session in Northwest Arkansas.


Sponsoring companies and organizations agree to fully support their employee’s overall participation in the IBD program, including paying program fees. 

Participants accepted into the IBD program agree to fully participate in the program.  They must attend a minimum of 90% of sessions and activities, and must complete 100% of their executive coaching sessions to qualify for graduation from the IBD program. 


The application deadline for the 2019 Inclusion By Design Executive Leadership Program is February 4, 2019.

Please submit completed applications to BettyeLynn Smith, blsmith@ulchatt.net.

IBD Application 2019 (1).pdf

For more information, please contact BettyeLynn Smith at blsmith@ulchatt.net

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