The Institute presents a unique opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with an intimate group of attendees from the Federal government and military. Attendees range from GS 12-SES  classification with nearly 80% classified at the GS-13-15 levels. The following groups are welcome to attend the Institute:

Emerging D&I Practitioners: Individuals identified as successor candidates and/or federal employees with less than 10 years of D&I experience.

D&I Practitioners and Professionals: Individuals at the GS-11 to GS-13 classification responsible for implementing federal D&I practices and processes.

D&I Supervisors: Individuals serving as middle management supervisors at levels GS-13 to GS-14 and above.

Leadership & Employee Teams: Leadership & employee teams (report directly to federal leaders) responsible for executing team-based initiatives and mission activities.


Build Your D&I Skills and Capacity: In-depth classes that address real-life situations and challenges. Our classes also prepare  you to become a notable D&I leader that the Federal government and military colleagues can rely on.

Focus on Yourself: Two full days to focus only on yourself and your growth as a professional away from the hustle and bustle of daily working life.

Build Your Network: The chance to meet and get to know other D&I managers facing similar situations in their daily roles, and in their careers.

Earn Your Certificate of Mastery: The opportunity to earn the Certificate of Mastery in Diversity & Inclusion along with the bronze, silver and gold pins of achievement.

The February 2018 Leadership Institute will focus on D&I Measurement and Change Management. The purpose of the February Leadership Institute is to prepare  Federal and military  employees with the day-to-day tools, skills and behaviors to advance D&I strategy and practice that align with agency performance. Designed for D&I practitioners and managers and other leaders responsible for D&I practices, the two-day session will take place February 20 & 21, 2018 at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C.

The February Leadership Institute will award the Certificate of Mastery in Diversity & Inclusion to those who have completed the government-wide recommended six competency areas in diversity and inclusion. For more information on the competency areas, click here.



Many organizations subscribe to a prevailing myth that when it comes to the impact of diversity on organizational performance, there’s “no way to measure this stuff.” However, forward thinking D& I experts disagree. In fact, they claim “if it moves, you can measure it!” There are sound accomplished recommendations, metrics, and statistics to prove it.

The Institute’s D&I Measurement class offers the following learning objectives:

  • Experience a deep dive into “big data” guided by OPM and other agencies D&I measurement requirements and outcomes
  • Learn traditional and nontraditional ways of using data to more effectively implement D&I strategies and programs
  • Learn how to use compelling stories accompanied with well-analyzed data for greater insights into D&I
  • Understand the dynamic and successful ways to engage with others who are responsible for data driven agency performance


Change Management Competency

Without understanding the practice of Change Management, there is a significant risk of failure when implementing D&I strategies and initiatives. Successful change requires the adoption of new mindsets, processes and technologies in order to reach D& I targets and achieve benefits. The objectives of this class are as follows:

  • Understand cultural orientation and its effect on managerial decisions, behaviors and expectations
  • Understand how certain “aspects” of management behaviors can affect success with employees
  • Understand how to reframe existing practices to reach D&I goals

The Leadership Institute is proud to announce our Keynote and Featured Speaker who inspire profession of diversity and inclusion.

Our Luncheon Keynote Speaker is Dr. Celine-Marie Pascale, distinguished author, scholar and Professor of Sociology at American University, Washington, D. C. Dr. Pascale’s intriguing research brings together the relevance of culture, knowledge and power on the lives of people. As an award-winning author, her work sheds light on why and how culture shapes profoundly our experiences. Dr. Pascale’s personal journey is one that encourages and can expand one’s thinking and change behaviors.

The Leadership Institute is proud to present Dr. Ruth Zambrana, Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. As our Featured Speaker, Dr. Zambrana will share her critical work on the intersection of racial and gender inequality in the American education system. Dr. Zambrana’s ability to engage and captivate audiences, in and outside the classroom, has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions from professional organizations throughout the country.

Dr. Celine-Marie Pascale
American University

Dr. Ruth Zambrana
University of Maryland



The Leadership Institute relies on high-quality and dynamic instruction to provoke thought-leadership and behaviors to transform the Federal government. Our faculty is responsible for conveying and translating D&I competencies that motivate the forward establishment of the D&I profession, goals and strategy to achieve agency mission.

Brenda A. Leath is a dynamic and seasoned health professional who serves as a Senior Study Director and Director, Center on Health Disparities & Health Equity Research at Westat Corporation. Ms. Leath is committed to developing and implementing approaches to address health inequalities among diverse populations in the United States. Collectively, her work spans national leadership positions in health, mental health, family and children, disability, advocacy and political organizations. Ms. Leath has devoted her professional attention to meeting the needs of socioeconomically challenged racial and ethnic groups. As an accomplished leader in private, nonprofit and public sector organizations. Ms. Leath is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for visionary leadership including, most recently, the Dr. Diane Adam’s Founder’s Award for Outstanding Leadership from the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Naomi Dyer Yount is a Senior Study Director at Westat Corporation. She is an exceptionally gifted organizational psychologist and research methodologist. Currently, her expertise guides the 2017 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Dr. Yount leads other significant research projects focused on hospital, nursing home, medical office and community pharmacy surveys on patient safety culture. For her unique abilities as an influential author and researcher, Dr. Yount has been recognized for excellence in research and is invited often to present at professional association meetings across the country.

Chevalier P. “Chevy” Cleaves directs Diversity and Inclusion and is Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services for the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Cleaves is the driving force behind a uniquely designed D&I strategy purposed to reach over 600,000 employees. Acquired in the private and military sectors, Mr. Cleaves blends his expertise in diversity and inclusion to engage, empower and energize the nation’s Air Force. A broadened thought-leader and change agent, Mr. Cleaves advances D&I strategies by preparing the stage to implement measurable initiatives to achieve mission critical goals. As a distinguished leader in the diversity and inclusion space, he is sought after for speaking and teaching engagements and is continuously recognized by corporations, higher education and the military.

Brenda A. Leath

Dr. Naomi Dyer Yount

Chevalier P. “Chevy” Cleaves


The Leadership Institute seeks to motivate Federal and military leaders to incorporate fresh and innovative ways to strengthen diversity and inclusion strategies. One way to accomplish this is to present quality and expert facilitation that brings alive the skills and competences evidenced for transformative diversity and inclusion practice.

Mr. Terry Spain is nationally recognized for his imaginative instruction as a diversity and inclusion trainer and facilitator. Mr. Spain is a senior instructor for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and conducts special sessions for small companies and senior managers throughout the nation. His approach to diversity and inclusion demonstrates the chains that binds as well as frees us.

Remarkable is the professional life of Attorney Brenda Girton-Mitchell. Devoted to social justice and equality, Her transformative leadership has significantly contributed to the mission success of several organizations. Demonstrating thought-leadership and prudent decision-making, Ms. Girton-Mitchell’s work spans throughout government, education, religious, profit and non-profit organizations, She was appointed by President Barak Obama as Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U. S. Department of Education and served with impact thus leading to special awards and recognitions Ms. Giton-Mitchell is sought after as a senior advisor, keynote speaker and coach across industry. She is President of Girton-Mitchell Associates, LLC and serves as principal advisor to the Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion.

Mr. James Bonner, is a well-respected D&I facilitator and trainer. His experience reflects a noted passion for addressing sexual assault in the workplace across Europe. Mr. Bonner’s international and domestic work carries with it an expertise in neuro-linguistics and telecommunications. His approach to diversity and inclusion is attributed to a compelling desire to demonstrate the powerful relationship between neurological processes, language and human behavior.

Terry “Sam” Spain

Brenda Girton-Mitchell

James Bonner

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening of General Session & Featured Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. D&I Measurement Competency
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Speaker
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. D&I Measurement Competency
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening General Session & Featured Presentations
8:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Change Management Competency
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Network Luncheon
12:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Diversity & Inclusion Talks
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Award Ceremony


Navy Yard Officers Club, 1454 Parsons Avenue SE, Building 211, Washington, DC 20374

February 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Alumni Symposium is designed for those who have earned the Certificate of Mastery in Diversity & Inclusion to continue to build capacity and equip their agencies with D&I best practices and emerging knowledge to successfully accomplish agency mission.This year’s Alumni Symposium provides evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies by identifying specific barriers pertinent to the Federal government and U. S. military.

During the morning session, Dr. Rengin Firat, Professor, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University, will present her research and offer an innovative discussion of the relationship between diversity and inclusion and psychological and biological well-being.

The afternoon session introduces Aaron Klein, Fellow and Economist, Policy Studies Director, Center on Regulation and Markets, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. Mr. Klein will present his compelling research on the lack of diversity in the Federal Reserve and why it matters.

The Alumni Symposium includes a networking luncheon buffet and a wealth of published resources to assist senior leaders in guiding and shaping diversity and inclusion in their critical work.

Dr. Renign Firat

Aaron Klein

The Georgetown University Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion invites diversity leaders and practitioners like you to push D&I forward and to continue the legacy that unites us as like-minded thinkers and decision-makers.

Register here for the February 2018 Leadership Institute at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D. C.

The Leadership Institute will offer classes focusing on two competencies—D&I Measurement and Change Management. Special keynotes, featured speakers and facilitators bring together the relevance of D&I Measurement & Change Management in strategically developing and implementing D&I practices in government.

Registration is now open! Reserve your space for this dynamic Leadership Institute today!


The Leadership Institute announces its 2018 Distinguished Author, Judge Robert L. Wilkins, United States Federal Court of Appeals. Judge Wilkins will offer a moving presentation and book signing of his work, Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. As part of the February Leadership Institute, this session will take place Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00 p. m. at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D. C.

Women & Power
by Mary Beard

Long Road to Hard Truth
by Robert L. Wilkins

The Business of Diversity
by Youlanda M. Gibbons

The Magic Key
by Ruth Enid Zambrana

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Social Inequality & The Politics of Representation
by Celine-Marie Pascale

The Advisory Council for the Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion takes seriously the opportunity to recommend books for our readership. These books are intended to inspire and spark the imagination of those committed to D&I principles and practice.