Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level? VISIONS proudly presents Fundamentals of Inclusivity, a transformative learning experience designed to equip participants with the tools and insights needed to excel in today's diverse and dynamic world.

Why Choose Our Workshop?

Practical and Powerful: Our workshop equips you with actionable tools and skills you can implement immediately.

Expert Facilitation: Learn from seasoned consultants who specialize in inclusive leadership and have worked with hundreds of organizations over the last four decades.

Lasting Impact: Gain a deep understanding of principles of inclusion that will enable you to drive positive change long after the workshop concludes.


Expand your capacity as a leader with Fundamentals of Inclusivity. Join us in this immersive experience and embark on a journey of growth, empowerment, and transformation.


Time Commitment: Four 3-hour sessions (12 contact hours)

Cost: $650 per person / $725 for CE credit

Dates and times:
3-6pm ET / 12-3pm PT on:

Tuesday March 5, March 12, March 19, and March 26, 2024


Wednesday May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22, 2024


Ready to lead inclusively? Reserve your spot today!


"One of the best professional trainings I've ever attended. Our facilitators were incredible leaders, unwrapping VISIONS philosophies with great care and clarity. Wonderful experience!"
- October 2023 participant

"This workshop gave me some tools to address ways in which elements of my own work, as well as the organization I work at, are harmful to historically excluded communities. We are all working for a stronger, more inclusive world, but it takes concentrated effort to make that happen! The tools I learned through Fundamentals of Inclusivity will go a long way to informing how I approach this work."

- October 2023 participant

"This was my first training with VISIONS and WOW, it was transformative. I can see myself taking what I learned here and using it in every aspect of my life from here on out. The information is so important, but the emphasis on "impact" with our actions and reactions has really moved me. I am looking at this course as a "jumping off" point and I cannot wait to see where this takes me! :)"
- October 2023 participant
"The VISIONS model is so nuanced and powerful when applied in real-life scenarios! It really provides a framework for practicing effective communication across differences."
- October 2023 participant

Registration Details

Program Highlights

Session 1: Effective communication, conflict resolution, and relationship-building 

Cultivate skills for impactful communication that transcends barriers. Learn how to develop meaningful relationships across cultural, racial, and other forms of difference, foster mutual understanding and collaboration, and understand what it takes to transform monocultural environments into equitable and inclusive ones.

Session 2:  Cultivating Emotional Literacy

Gain essential tools to identify and counter personal-level bias and discomfort. Understand how unstated fears and resentments can impact organizations negatively and learn powerful skills to create constructive, validating, and inclusive environments. 

Session 3: Understanding and Addressing the Dynamics of Oppression 

Learn how modern forms of oppression manifest in individual and organizational behaviors. Turn this awareness into action with practical approaches to creating an inclusive culture, where every individual feels valued and supported.

Session 4: Applying Knowledge to Real-Life Challenges

Put your learning into practice. Engage in interactive problem-solving as we tackle real-life workplace scenarios that you and your peers bring to the table. Benefit from collective insights to devise effective solutions.

Facilitator Details

Deborah J. Walker, PhD

Dr. Walker has worked as a multicultural and organizational development consultant for over 25 years. She is skilled in the areas of assessment, strategic planning and change, process facilitation, community engagement, cooperative problem solving, and coaching. She has a keen interest in policy and systems change related to disparities. Her focus is on supporting organizations to increase their internal capacity to achieve their equity and inclusion goals. She received her Doctorate in Administration in Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

Leena Akhtar (she/her), VISIONS Director of Programs & Consultant, Northampton, MA

Leena Akhtar, PhD

Dr. Leena Akhtar brings a perspective she developed having grown up and lived in several different countries to her work. After starting her career in finance, she engaged in trauma studies at NYU and then earned a PhD from Harvard University. She has extensively researched and worked on issues of cultural change around discrimination, harassment, and power-based violence in organizations and institutions, work that she continues to do via her consultancy, The Greater Us, in addition to serving as Director of Programs and a consultant with VISIONS.

Jeanne Firth, PhD

Dr. Jeanne Firth has been working with the VISIONS model since 2013, first as a client on the founding staff team of Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Firth holds a PhD in Human Geography and the Environment and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A white, working-class woman who grew up in Kansas City, Jeanne comes from a family with farming roots on the prairie. She holds a lifelong dedication to place-based food justice and food sovereignty work. As a social scientist, teacher and organizational leader, she believes in the importance of upholding both process and content; how we learn is of equal importance to what we learn.

Jeanne Firth

Refund and Cancellation Policy 

If a workshop is canceled by VISIONS, participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels more than 30 days in advance of the training start date, they can receive a full refund or transfer to another session.

If a participant cancels 15-30 days in advance, they can receive up to a 50% refund or have a 50% discount applied to a future training.

Cancellations made 14 or fewer days in advance of the training are not eligible for a refund or transfer to another training.