Children's Minnesota

Inclusive Leader Training and Development

Challenge

Being aware of the multicultural differences within our diverse workforce and learning how to be respectful and embrace those differences has been an ongoing focus for us. We recognize that we have an inclusion gap that has impacted our ability to actively recruit and retain a higher percentage of diverse talent throughout our organization. We want to close that inclusion gap within every department across our organization.

Actions

Children’s MN is in the process of providing Inclusive Leadership Training to key and influential leaders across many departments throughout our organization. The training is a four-part cohort training series designed by our non-profit partner, The Wilder Foundation. The Wilder Foundation fosters a training environment that allows participants to adapt their thinking and behavior to see and accept differences that exist because of the varied life experiences that each person brings; challenge and grow in awareness about their own social groups and biases, handle intercultural conflict and address insensitive behaviors; and communicate with trust and respect toward others.

Outcomes

The desired outcome is to improve the ability of our leaders to create a more inclusive environment for Children’s Minnesota staff by increasing individual effectiveness in identifying and navigating cultural difference, developing inclusive leadership habits and practices and creating an action plan with practical steps for leaders to begin to increase the ways they leverage diverse talent and maximize the contributions of diverse teams. These learnings and habits will also be cascaded to their direct reports increasing the integration and overall impact as well. We believe this will contribute to our success in retaining and recruiting diverse talent while enjoying an inclusive culture where a sense of belonging is felt by every employee.

Our vision at Children’s Minnesota is to be every family’s essential partner in raising healthier children. I believe we can best achieve this vision, and eliminate health disparities, if our workforce is as diverse as the families we serve. We’re committed to incorporating diversity and inclusion in everything we do, to create a safe environment where every employee feels valued for the differences and similarities they bring. I am proud to take the CEO Action pledge to extend our commitment to this work.

Marc Gorelick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Minnesota

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