Program details

CEC is proud to offer the first of its kind Equitable and Inclusive Leadership Certification

  • Leadership development specifically tailored to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with immediate actionable tools and strategies.
  • Equips you to champion and lead DEI and build inclusive cultures in your workplace.
  • Program design reflects evidence-based research and industry best practices in DEI and in adult learning methodologies.
  • Available on computer, mobile or tablet and includes captioning.

Who should take this program?

Team leaders, people managers, HR and D&I Professionals, D&I Champions, project/program managers, scrum masters

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  • Online self-paced learning in English with captioning

  • Interactive discussion with other participants

  • 30 hours in length, 4 courses with 3 month access

  • Quizzes, self-reflections, engaging activities and a Capstone project

  • One hour coaching session to provide additional support

  • Digital certificate upon completion

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of what diversity, equity and inclusion means and why it is important for business success

  • Apply strategies to recognize and mitigate the impact of privilege and bias in the workplace

  • Examine the traits of inclusive leadership to develop the capabilities to create a culture of inclusion

  • Gain working knowledge of DEI tools and skills to build equitable practices and transform your workplace

Curriculum details

Learn about the four courses in this certification program


Module 1 - Diving Deeper into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn the foundations with this course! All about diversity, equity and inclusion – what they are, why they are important, the benefits and applicability to your workplace, and how you can champion and advance this important work.

Module 2 - Intersectionality

Dig deeper into diversity and intersectionality. Learn the history and background of intersectionality and why it is so important.

Gain in-depth knowledge of sex and gender, race and ethnicity, Indigeneity, anti-racism and anti-oppression, ability, and more. 


Module 1 - Power and Privilege
Uncover your personal privilege, detect it in others and in your organization. Recognize how privilege is fundamental to understanding and implementing DEI work and learn how to leverage this knowledge into tangible allyship. 

Module 2 - Bias and Bias Awareness

Examine your personal and organizational biases and learn how to combat them in this course. Learn all about explicit biases vs implicit biases, the most common types of biases, the neuroscience behind them, and exactly how you can become bias aware and combat them on a daily basis.

Module 3 - Microaggressions, Discrimination and Oppression

Learn and understand what microaggressions (behaviours and statements) are and why it occurs, rooted from discrimination and oppression. Explore the impacts of microaggressions at work. Discover ways to build a more inclusive workplace by minimizing the occurrence of microaggressions and learn when and how to respond to microaggressions.


Module 1 - Leadership Traits, Competencies and Values
Explore the inclusive leadership traits that will help you thrive in your increasingly diverse work environments. Learn why building these capabilities are an important step in building inclusive cultures and how you can further develop these competencies in your own leadership style.

Module 2 - Inclusive Language and Communications

Dig deeper into inclusive language as a mechanism for allyship and transformative change. Learn the latest terms, the power and history of language, brand values and marketing, and how you can use language to enact change. 


Module 1 - Data and Reporting Best Practices

Learn how to develop KPIs, use internationally recognized metrics, and understand the checklist for reporting on DEI in sustainability/CSR reports. Examine disaggregated data and how it ties into intersectionality. 

Module 2 - Transforming Your Workplace & Systemic Change Management

Combining the key learnings from your coursework, learn how to leverage all the knowledge and skills to lead and champion change, transform your workplace culture and become a recognized DEI leader. This includes how to achieve buy-in, align your initiatives with change management and systems design principles and how to create meaningful and sustainable DEI initiatives in your workplace.

Learn a leading  intersectional transformative equity tool that can be applied to ANY type of work in ANY sector. Learn what it is, how to use it, how to customize it to your work, and practice it. This tool has the power to transform your work to become equitable and inclusive and shift your workplace culture for the better. The Equity Tool incorporates knowledge and skills from previous courses and is a tangible tool and process to implement change. 

Learning curators

Meet your learning experts

Founder & President Marcie Hawranik (She/Her/Hers)

Marcie is internationally recognized gender expert with a B.A. Hons. in Political Studies and a Master’s degree in International Relations focused on negotiation and conflict resolution. Her areas of expertise include gender equity, GBA+, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, public relations and communications, leadership development, stakeholder engagement, policy, program and strategy design, development and implementation.

Soni Dasmohapatra (She/Her/Hers)

Soni Dasmohapatra, is a consultant who works with individuals, groups, public service institutions and community agencies to facilitate the development of tools that focus on building inclusive platforms that incorporate strategy, design, wellness and art for transformative change. Soni has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, BC and a certificate in Gender & Human Rights from Oxford University, UK.

Winnie Chow (She/Her/Hers)

Winnie is passionate about growing diverse and engaged teams that drive change. She has over 15 years of experience in delivering digital transformation initiatives specifically around change management and training; and building highly engaged teams in corporate enterprise settings. She is known to be a trusted advisor and coach with a commitment in creating safe spaces for continuous learning and innovation.

Although the Canadian Equality Consulting team operates all over Canada, we were founded and are based in Calgary. In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that at our headquarters, we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

Ready to start your DEI learning journey?

Register for the Equitable and Inclusive Leadership Certificate Program