• September 17, 2020
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Speaker:  Donna Chrobot-Mason, PhD

Topic: Inclusive Leadership During Polarizing Times 

In today’s multifaceted and multicultural business environment, leaders must be able to identify or create opportunities for growth and competitiveness. As such, they must be able to create environments in which differences are valued and can be incorporated into the main work of an organization to enhance strategies, processes, and overall effectiveness. While organizational policies and human resource practices may help create an infrastructure to foster this type of environment, leaders are the primary drivers of organizational culture. Accordingly, leaders who can create a sense of inclusion among employees and leverage the benefits of diversity are needed in organizations.  Yet practicing inclusive leadership during this time of deep division and polarization can be extremely challenging.  During this presentation, I will define the key elements of inclusive leadership, provide examples of tactics and strategies for enhancing inclusion, and allow participants the opportunity to strengthen their inclusive leadership capacity through case studies.   
In this session by Donna Chrobot-Mason, PhD, you will:

  1. A model of inclusive leadership that includes key predictors and consequences. 
  2. Core elements of inclusive leadership. 
  3. Examples of tactics and strategies for enhancing inclusion in the workplace. 
  4. Practice strengthening inclusive leadership capacity through case studies. 
Donna Chrobot-Mason, PhD, is as an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She is Director of UC Women Lead, a 10-month executive leadership program for high potential women at the University of Cincinnati.  She is also a Senior Partner for RCSN, an executive recruiting and leadership consulting firm.  Her focus is on leadership across differences and strategies for creating organizational practices, policies, and a climate that support diversity and foster intergroup collaboration.  

Donna holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia and is an Adjunct Research Scholar and Trainer at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Donna teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources, Diversity, and Organizational Leadership.  

Donna has published articles in such industry-renowned journals as the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, and International Journal of Conflict Management. She serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology. 

Her book (co-authored with Chris Ernst), “Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations,” was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in 2010. Since publishing this authoritative research, Donna has been invited to address numerous audiences including the Brookings Institute, FBI, EPA, IRS, Catholic Health Partners, and the International Leadership Association. Donna has also consulted with numerous organizations including Briggs and Stratton, Dayton Public Schools, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Emory University, Milacron, and Forest City Enterprises. One of her most influential engagements was to help lead the United States’ 15-month transition in Iraq from a military operation to a sustainable diplomatic role using the proven principles of working across boundaries. 


Presentation Is Pending For 1.00 SHRM-Professional Development Recertification Credit and 1.00 HRCI-STRATEGIC Recertification Credit  

Thursday, September 17, 2020 

Networking will begin at 11:30 


Zoom link and password will be emailed on Wednesday, 09/16/2020 by 5:00 pm.  

Please register in advance to receive link and password and note these Zoom housekeeping items: 

  1. You will be muted upon entering. Please feel free to unmute yourself or use chat to network before the presentation. No music will be playing purposely to allow this. 
  2. The announcements and speaker introduction will begin at 11:50 am. 
  3. Please remain muted and use the chat function for questions during the presentation. There will be a question and answer after the presentation.  
  4. Presentation will be recorded and made available on www.NKYSHRM.org