Developing Cleveland's Diversity Leaders, Since 2001. DIVERSITY Lead "LeadDIVERSITY pushed me to be bold, be brave, and question myself on my own lens."
- Desiree Powell,
Cleveland Metropolitan School District,
Class of 2016
"Participating in LeadDIVERSITY offered me the opportunity to reflect on my own unconcsious biases and to better understand how to overcome them in order to be a more effective administrator for my organization."
- Cindy Lombardo,
Cleveland Public Library, Class of 2015
"LeadDIVERSITY transfers an individual from a spectator to a participant in the important topics of diversity and inclusion. The program effectively provides awareness that subsequently instills understanding and ignites passion."
- Frank Ritzert,
NASA Glenn Research Center, Class of 2010
"LeadDIVERSITY helps individuals of all academic, cultural, and economic backgrounds expand their own understanding of diversity and in turn improve their methods of leading others to make similar breakthroughs."
-Jeff Malbasa,
Spero-Smith Investment Advisors, Class of 2005
"I came away wanting to make a bigger statement, wanting to do more for the community, and wanting to keep in touch with my new friends."
- Peggy Mikes
Huntington Bank, Class of 2005
"The LeadDIVERSITY program was inspirational and eye opening . . . I will use what I have learned throughout the future of my career to inspire positive change in my organization and always facilitate a culture of inclusion and understanding."
- Tania Younkin Energizer, Class of 2006

LeadDIVERSITY is a 10 month program that approaches diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive social change. A select group of up to 35 professionals are chosen through a competitive application process. The class meets approximately once per month from September to June to visit locations and organizations around Northeast Ohio to engage with regional leaders in the corporate, non-profit, and civic arenas. Each session is designed to help participants explore the concept of diversity leadership and to analyze its personal, workplace, and community impact.

Each LeadDIVERSITY class studies personal impact on and institutional approaches to diversity issues. Emphasis is placed squarely on WHY diversity issues are critical to progress and what participants can do to facilitate positive change. 

Participants Gain

  • A greater awareness of personal identity as well as the impact of in-group and out-group dynamics.
  • An expanded knowledge of local experts, organizations, and resources.
  • A tool kit for addressing issues of diversity in personal and professional settings.
  • An ability to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Organizations Gain

  • An increased pool of involved and educated diversity leaders.
  • Employees with an advanced understanding of the connection between inclusion and organizational success.
  • Employees with enhanced organizational leadership skills and a vision for the future.

Application and Selectivity

Each LeadDIVERSITY class of up to 40 individuals is selected through a competitive application process. The selection committee seeks applicants with proven leadership skills who have exhibited a strong community commitment. Please view the brochure and application below to learn more about the program and to see the 2019-2020 LeadDIVERSITY schedule.


If you have questions, please contact Jessica A. Daigler, Director of LeadDIVERSITY at jdaigler@diversitycenterneo.org


 Jessica A. Daigler
Director of LeadDIVERSITY
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