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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

Successful organizations recognize diversity as a valuable asset. As with any other asset, making the most of diversity can amplify your impact and strengthen relations among employees, clients, and the community.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education’s Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations is designed for leaders of public, private, and nonprofit organizations seeking effective strategies for leveraging diversity. Through this one-week, on-campus program, you will learn about the role of diversity in enhancing organizational effectiveness as well as building better relationships with diverse populations.

Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty and led by Faculty Chair Dr. Robert Livingston, this program will challenge you to think deeply through both internal and external issues at your agency or company. You will discover how diverse organizations realize performance advantages by attracting the best and brightest. And after experiencing this unique blend of lectures, group work, class discussions, case studies, and guest speakers, you will return to your organization with a deeper appreciation for the value of diversity.


Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations focuses on taking advantage of, and improving upon, the diversity within your public, private, or nonprofit organization. This on-campus program puts organizational goals first while also helping you build strategic communication skills to enrich your interactions with the diverse populations you encounter every day.


Besides using cutting-edge, evidence-based research and testing to gain insights into effective hiring, motivation, team building, innovation, and decision-making, you will explore:

  • Building mission, motivation, and core values
  • Understanding technical versus adaptive challenges
  • Effective strategies for hiring
  • Managing and leveraging diversity
  • Building good community relations

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“This program was a thought-provoking, intense, and intellectually challenging experience. The knowledge I gained has broadened my perceptions and given me the tools needed to improve diversity in today’s world.”

Carol Fulp, President & CEO, The Partnership, Inc.
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Research from Faculty Chair Robert Livingston

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Faculty & Research

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Robert Livingston

Lecturer in Public Policy

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Iris Bohnet

Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government
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Jorrit de Jong

Director, Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University
Emma Bloomberg Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management
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Todd Rogers

Weatherhead Professor of Public Policy
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