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The NIXLA Accelerator Series Registration Site

Winter 2023

The National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA) Accelerator Series is designed to help individuals and institutional teams enhance their diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. Attendees will learn how to build and strengthen DEI plans and initiatives, and enhance cultural competencies.


Led and designed by Dr. Damon A. Williams and a team of experienced educators, scholars, and researchers, this live, interactive, online leadership and professional development program provides essential guidance, resources, and support to everyone from experienced leaders to those just beginning their DEI journey. Faculty, administrators, governance boards, student affairs staff, K-12 independent school leaders, and corporate leaders can all benefit.


The online series takes place in a fast-paced, masterclass-style learning environment and includes online instruction with formal presentations followed by a break and then moderated, small-group discussion with experts.

This 100% online, accelerated leadership and professional development training will sharpen your DEI leadership abilities by:

  • Equipping you with essential information to equitably address new and unique realities with the necessary lens and approach of inclusion and urgency
  • Providing guidance backed by research and nationally-known best practices for creating stronger, more innovative DEI plans, infrastructures of accountability, and initiatives
  • Sharing tools, templates, resources, and readings that will help you manage the new and emerging DEI-related implications of COVID-19 and the renewed focus on race relations

Those participating in the complete, seven-part NIXLA Accelerator Series receive:


  • Access to one-on-one and small group executive coaching throughout the duration of the series
  • A certificate of participation after the completion of the series
  • A commemorative gift from NIXLA

All Participants Receive:


  • Tools and resources designed to support your continued growth and development
  • Access to keynote session recordings for 7 days to review key learnings
  • Exchange of strategies and best practices with DEI leaders at other institutions
  • Access to ongoing special sessions, resources, and discounts as a member of the NIXLA Alumni community

Registration Instructions

STEP 1: Decide which Accelerator sessions you are signing up for.

 

STEP 2: Select. Scroll down to the purchase area to add 1-3 single Accelerator sessions or a discounted package of four or more sessions to your cart. Note there are different buttons for individual learners and team purchases.

 

STEP 3: Check out and submit payment. Continue through the 2-3 different prompts until you get to the page for entering your payment.

 

IMPORTANT: We use PayPal as our payment engine, but YOU DO NOT need a PayPal account to check out.

 

When you go to pay, it will ask you to select PayPal to move into the payment area. This is our processing engine. After clicking that, you'll see an option to use your credit or debit card (or, yes, PayPal).

 

Please contact us if you wish to pay by check or other method.

 

Bundles: To purchase a discounted bundle, in the Special Instructions field, identify which sessions you're registering for by name and/or number.

 

Teams: Leaders who purchase team packages should register themselves and then include your other team members' names/emails in the Special Instructions field.

 

STEP 4: Receive an email link. Participation is finalized after your online payment is successfully received. NIXLA will shortly send you a receipt with a registration link as well as specific instructions to join us for each Accelerator. You will receive additional reminders about the event.

 

Participation: On the day of your Accelerator, look for a final email from NIXLA that includes participation guidance.

 

After the Accelerator: you will receive curated DEI tools and resources from NIXLA as well as links for seven-day access to the recorded session.

Winter 2023 NIXLA Accelerator Full Session Descriptions

Session 1: DEI Update

NEW SESSION ALERT!

2023 Strategic DEI Context: Navigating Legal Changes, Wavering DEI Commitment, and Lingering Post-COVID Dynamics

Thursday, 2/2/23


Dr. Damon A. Williams will overview today’s DEI environment in the United States and share tips for how leaders, allies, DEI officers, faculty, BIPOC professionals, community members and others can navigate the strategic, organizational, and personal challenges of the current state of DEI and antiracism.

Session 2: Strategic DEI Planning

DEI Plans Soar with “AIIR:” A Primer on Keys for Successful Strategic DEI Planning and Implementation

Tuesday, 2/7/23



This session is designed to help leaders carry out an effective and high-caliber DEI planning and implementation process. We will discuss the launch point of many plans—often DEI crises, flashpoints, and student activism—all the way through to change management and implementation strategies that improve plan success. (For example, developing “big-bet," scalable initiatives and the importance of ensuring accountability, incentives, infrastructure, and resources to effectively drive change.) We will also focus on antiracism and its conceptualization within the evolving DEI paradigm on college and university campuses.

 

The session is designed for senior leaders, DEI officers, DEI committee chairs, communications leaders, and student affairs leaders who are:


  • Working to strategically engage DEI issues in the academy.
  • Nearing or currently in the process of launching, developing, and/or optimizing strategic DEI plans.
  • Wanting to strengthen their DEI crisis response skills and capabilities.

Session 3: DEI Implementation

Leading DEI Change Efforts in Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions and Units

Thursday, 2/9/23


Too often we talk about DEI change efforts at the institutional or organizational level, yet in the last five years, DEI officers, committees, and plans have become more commonplace within colleges/schools and other divisions and units such as athletics and student affairs. Too many units struggle to prioritize and engage DEI work at a high level within both their institutional and unit environments. Yet students, faculty, and staff live their lives in their units—schools, colleges, on the playing field, in the residence halls, and more.

 

This professional development session is uniquely designed to help leaders who must lead DEI efforts and change locally under the supervision of their unit leader (president/chancellor, VP/VC, dean, or department chair/head), and who must also align their work to the broader DEI strategy and institutional or organizational approach.



This session is designed specifically for those in higher education, including department chairs, deans, directors, chief DEI officers, DEI officers, and other leaders who are:


  • Guiding DEI efforts in a specific subunit of and within the institutional environment.
  • Managing institution-wide responsibility and seeking to optimize and support the work of DEI efforts in units dispersed across campus

Session 4: A Deeper Dive into CDOs and DEI Officers

Leadership—CDO and DEI Officer Optimization 2.0: Effective Collaboration and Other Tactics to Excel in the Role

Thursday, 2/16/23


In this session on CDOs and DEI officers (or anyone with DEI responsibilities), we discuss the principles of successfully supporting a high-caliber diversity officer function in your organization. We cover sample infrastructures that work, both institution-wide and within sub-units (schools/colleges, divisions (such as intercollegiate athletics), units, or departments) of the whole. We discuss a key success metric and how to get it done: getting buy-in from both the campus community and executive and senior leadership; Most importantly, we talk about the role of DEI officers in the context of developing an overall DEI plan and building the necessary lateral infrastructure that achieves deeper levels of engagement and commitment to the DEI change journey for long-term success.

 

This session is designed for leaders and DEI officers in the higher education, corporate, K-12, or nonprofit sectors who want to strengthen and improve the efficacy of the diversity officer function in their organization.

Session 5: Climate Research Best Practices

Using Climate Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering

Tuesday, 2/21/23

Climate assessments too often result in little to no change because the completed study becomes itself the goal and output of the change conversation. Instead, good climate research can act as a seed—an input that drives new insights, understanding, policy, and action. In this session, leaders desiring to overcome a culture of microaggression and unconscious bias will learn how to fine-tune their climate research to this end. We will cover: choosing the right methodology and survey instrument; high-caliber climate data; benefits of using an external consultant versus an internal expert; how to maximize survey response rates; and how to use the data to drive antiracism and equity conversations.



This session will empower participants from any sector’s leadership and institutional research teams, especially those in higher education who want to learn more about strategically leveraging climate data to both power their DEI implementation efforts and establish a stronger accountability toward creating a more equitable and inclusive lived experience in their organizations.

Session 6: Allyship

From Bystander to UpstanderTM: The Ally’s Journey through Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, 2/23/23



A further exploration of one of our most popular accelerator topics since 2020—allyship—this session will provide tools, language, and action steps all participants can take towards becoming stronger allies. Focusing into the question of “how to be antiracist," this session will help you understand the types of language, actions, and behaviors that allies can do daily to work towards tackling microaggression, unconscious bias, and systemic legacies of racism and oppression in schools, colleges and universities, companies, government, and nonprofit organizations.

 

The session is designed for employees and leaders at all levels in any sector who want to strengthen their allyship and approach to confronting issues of race, racism, and other forms of hate and inequity.

Session 7: BIPOC Personal Branding

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Professionals—Personal Branding and Leadership Strategies: Personal Empowerment in a world of Microaggressions and Systemic Racism

Tuesday, 2/28/23



The session will focus on developing a plan to strengthen your performance, image, and exposure (PIE); thriving in professional environments despite unconscious bias and microaggression; and building a community of coaches, mentors, and sponsors to support your journey as a professional of color. The session will empower leaders to navigate their journey more powerfully by providing tools to establish a clear north-star agenda for where they want to go in their lives and careers. Finally, this session will help participants to understand when their situation is untenable and the best and healthiest solution is for them to move on to other opportunities.

NIXLA Accelerator Series Program Overview

Participate in one, two, three, or all of these 3-hour accelerators.

  • You can choose to attend one or more (or all) sessions, as either an individual learner or in teams of five.
  • Sessions are designed as half-day (3-hour), standalone learning experiences that take place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm ET.
  • The first half of each session will begin with a live, ~75-minute virtual lecture and Q&A from a renowned scholar or nationally recognized expert.
  • During the second half the session, all participants attend an interactive, 75-minute online learning community and strategy workshop.

Pricing Tiers

Each Team of 5 Participants

1-3 Accelerators

$600 per participant, per session ($3,000-$6,000)

4-6 Accelerators

$550 per participant, per session ($11,000-$16,500)

7 Accelerators (Complete Series)

$500 per participant, per session

($17,500 and up)

Benefits of Participating With a Team


The NIXLA Accelerator Series is for professional teams looking to build a competitive advantage by completing the series as a working group or learning community.


The team option is perfect for leadership groups, senior cabinets, and DEI committees looking to develop a stronger shared philosophy and approach to the work.


With so many governance boards searching to find their footing on these issues, we have taken special care to design a specific session for trustees, regents, and governors, while encouraging their participation in other aspects of our programming.

Individual Learners

1-3 Accelerators

$600 per participant, per session

($600-$1,800)

4-6 Accelerators

$550 per participant, per session ($2,200-$3,300)

7 Accelerators (Complete Series)

$500 per participant, per session

($3,500 and up)

Winter 2023 NIXLA Accelerator Sessions and Learning Packages

For Individual Learners and Teams

Single Accelerator Sessions

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 1: DEI Update

Thursday, 2/2/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 1: DEI Update

Thursday, 2/2/23, 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 2: Planning

Tuesday, 2/7/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 2: Planning

Tuesday, 2/7/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 3: DEI Implementation

Thursday, 2/9/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 3: DEI Implementation

Thursday, 2/9/23 | 4-7pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 4: Leadership—CDO and DEI Officer Optimization 2.0

Thursday, 2/16/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 4: Leadership—CDO and DEI Officer Optimization 2.0

Thursday, 2/16/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 5: Climate Research

Tuesday, 2/21/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 5: Climate Research

Tuesday, 2/21/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 6: Allyship

Thursday, 2/23/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 6: Allyship

Thursday, 2/23/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator Session 7: BIPOC Professionals—Personal Branding and Leadership Strategies

Tuesday, 2/28/23 | 4-7 pm EST

$600.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator Session 7: BIPOC Professionals—Personal Branding and Leadership Strategies

Tuesday, 2/28/23, 4-7 pm EST

$3000.00

Bundles: 4 or More Accelerators

Individual Learner | 4-Accelerator Bundle

Attend 4 of the 7 accelerator sessions. 

$2400.00  $2200.08  8% off

Team of 5 | 4-Accelerator Bundle

Team of five attends 4 of the 7 accelerator sessions.

$12000.00  $11000.40  8% off

Individual Learner | 5-Accelerator Bundle

Attend 5 of the 7 accelerator sessions.

$3000.00  $2750.10  8% off

Team of 5 | 5-Accelerator Bundle

Team of five attends 5 of the 7 accelerator sessions.

$15000.00  $13750.50  8% off

Individual Learner | 6-Accelerator Bundle

Attend 6 of the 7 accelerator sessions. 

$3600.00  $3300.12  8% off

Team of 5 | 6-Accelerator Bundle

Team of five attends 6 of the 7 accelerator sessions.

$18000.00  $16500.60  8% off

Individual Learner | Complete Series

$4200.00  $3500.28  16% off

Team of 5 | Complete Series

$21000.00  $17501.40  16% off

Participate in the complete, seven-part NIXLA Accelerator Series and receive:

  • Access to one-on-one and small group executive coaching throughout the duration of the series
  • A certificate of participation after the completion of the series
  • A commemorative gift from NIXLA

Register a Large Group or Team

Is your school, institution, or organization interested in sponsoring more than one team or a team of more than 5 participants? E-mail us! We'd love to connect with you to learn more and discuss available learning packages designed to fit your leadership and professional development programming needs.

More About Our Presenter:

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Chief Catalyst, NIXLA


  • Award-winning scholar, educator, speaker, strategy consultant, and social-impact leader with 20+ years experience working with 1,000+ colleges, universities, corporations, nonprofits and government agencies
  • Author of Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation In Higher Education and coauthor of The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management
  • For more details about Dr. Williams, visit our website.
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