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Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - CMI Level 7

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Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - CMI Level 7

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are matters of the highest profile and importance in work and society in today’s Britain. No organisation can ignore the potential impacts in terms of employer branding, customer/client reach, and products and services. The benefits to be gained in each of these areas through progress and success are as substantial as the potential risks to reputation and standing through missteps and ineffective action.

Beyond the business case, there is now substantial evidence that a holistic, strategic approach to EDI is most likely to deliver the desired results in the long run. Success requires nuanced, insightful leadership – much of which can be learned from the accumulated wisdom relating to effective organisational change. There are, however, additional and highly particular sensitivities to observe and navigate. Effective change leaders in this field require a dedicated space to identify and hone the personal and professional skills they need.

In Professional Development’s Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion programme provides that space. The programme is unique in accommodating practitioners at all levels, from seasoned experts to newcomers in the field. All will benefit from the highly collaborative and participative facilitation and delivery, and all will leave with enhanced clarity about their role and effectiveness as change strategists and leaders.

Course Summary


CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Optional


3 Day


Virtual Central London Central Manchester

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About Us

About the Programme

This course is ideally suited to;  

  • Senior leaders, executives and directors carrying the responsibility for EDI strategy and practice within their organisation, whether it constitutes the primary focus of their role or a part of a multi-faceted role.  
  • Practitioners with prior knowledge and experience with EDI implementation and looking to gain a broader understanding.  
  • Leaders looking to develop in-depth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level and develop strategic priorities.  
  • Those wanting to be able to identify evidence-based approaches to removing structural inequality both within an organisational and social context. 
  • Those wanting to develop an understanding of approaches to comply with legal and good practice around the influence of equality, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Those wanting to return to the workplace with a comprehensive plan for the integration of strategic priorities into organisational culture. 

*Please note that some of the materials and objectives may be subject to change depending on discussions, activities and needs of the cohort upon reflection of delegate responses to the pre-programme questionnaires.*

On completion of this programme, delegates will have:

  • A clear framework through which to create, review, or refine their organisation’s EDI strategy and delivery plan, and develop success indicators and change milestones
  • Enhanced knowledge, awareness, and skills to support their identity and practice as a change leader for EDI in their organisation, through modelling appropriate behaviours and facilitating the presence of allies at all levels
  • Clarity and confidence about the immediate actions to be taken back at base through the development of a personal ‘project’ to be implemented, aimed at delivering practical results and positive change


Session 1

The Strategic Case for EDI

Key themes include:

  • Welcome, introductions, and course overview
  • EDI as social change – a historical timeline
  • Distinguishing ‘equality’ ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’
  • The elements of a strategic approach to EDI
  • Stakeholder engagement and cultural congruence
  • Strategy case studies

Session 2

Personal Skills for EDI Leadership

Key themes include:

  • Key change leadership skills for EDI
  • Framing ‘diversity’ inclusively
  • The performance case for diversity
  • Exploring and overcoming personal and systemic bias
  • Creating an inclusive culture: tackling ‘micro incivilities’ and exploring allyship
  • Taking the stand: exploring ‘courageous conversations’

Session 3

Towards Action: framing your personal project

Key themes include:

  • Inclusive leadership: the key traits
  • Psychological safety: what it is and how to promote it
  • Comparative perspectives: case study exercises
  • Co-consulting on personal projects
  • Programme round-up and close

CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

Following completion of the Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme , learners can opt to continue their studies by completing a CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and InclusionThis qualification is designed for senior leaders who want to develop an in-depth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level 

Learners are required to complete one 3,500-4,000 word written assignment.  Units to be completed include: 

  • 715: Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

Benefits of completing the qualification include: 

For learners:

  • Enables learners to develop an in-depth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level.
  • Provides the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to continual learning and development.  
  • Accredited qualification and certificate on completion. 

For organisations: 

  • Remove structural inequality both within an organisational and social context. 
  • Develop an understanding of approaches to comply with legal and good practice around the influence of equality, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Develop strategic priorities for equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Learners also receive: 

  • Targeted tutorials run by our CMI-qualified tutors, to help learners complete the assignment writing phase. 
  • Dedicated support from the Quality Assurance Team here at In Professional Development, including regular CMI learner drop-in sessions.  
  • Access to a wealth of CMI online learning resources through their Management Direct website. 

Please take a look at our CMI FAQs to find out more about how the qualification works. 

Fitzroy Andrew

Fitzroy Andrew


With a passion for learning; high standards; committed to social causes; grounded humility; an unerring instinct for developing potential. These qualities are amongst the hallmarks of Fitzroy’s 40-year career, and they continue to drive him as he develops his portfolio of work with individuals and enterprises.

He knows what it is to climb the career ladder. An HR Director at 29, a charity CEO by his mid-thirties, author of an award-winning research report, and a leader at executive and non-executive levels of SMEs and social enterprises over the last twenty years. Fitzroy has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in strategy, leadership development, coaching and mentoring.

A gifted communicator, Fitzroy is turning his talents to focus in two key areas. The first is to work with individuals to make career and life success meaningful through strengthening and expressing what he calls their ‘Achievement Mindset’. This will be delivered through a tailored support package of coaching and self-presentation, and is equally relevant to employed and self-employed professionals.

The second arises out of his experience as a child of the Windrush generation, and is about helping corporate enterprises get the best from inclusive leadership. Teams in today’s workplace need to know how to maximise the contribution and effort from everyone; this places a premium on relationships. The most successful teams are the most inclusive teams, and Fitzroy is highly skilled at working with groups to help them unlock high performance through inclusion.

Naomi Buthee

Naomi Buthee


Naomi Buthee is an experienced, CIPD qualified people management professional with experience of designing and deploying strategies across multiple sectors. Outside of her corporate experience, she works with various organisations and individuals, providing support and advice on a range of people and strategic issues. Naomi's knowledge, enthusiasm and energy brings her courses to life.

Tash Thomas

Tash Thomas


Tash (she/her) is an Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, presenter, speaker and LGBTQIA+ Activist, who is at the forefront of conversation. Tash uses her lived experience and identity as a Black queer woman to continue the focus on diversity and inclusion in society and in the workplace. She provides valuable insight into how to remove barriers associated with diversity and constructively ensure that opportunities can be accessed with equity in both the workplace and wider in our local and global communities. 

She is also co-founder of ‘Breaking the Distance’, a unique LGBTQIA+ travel and relationship blog, (alongside her wife, Marthe). Breaking the Distance aims to educate and promote positive LGBTQIA+ visibility, whilst also providing a safe space for people to be their authentic selves.  

Currently Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the European Coworking Assembly, Tash’s responsibilities lie in developing a working and actionable guideline for advancing EDI and creating safe spaces within the coworking industry. 

Originally trained as a Musical Theatre performer, Tash’s style of delivery is engaging, fun and positive, as she focuses on providing information in a way that allows participants to reflect and relate the content to their own lives. She is a believer in the power of story-telling and often incorporates her own lived experience into her delivery.   

Tash is a seasoned and experienced speaker and panel member on equality and diversity discussions, and has spoken at events for organisations including the Women’s Equality Party UK, International IDEA Project, Mercedes Formula 1 and Skyscanner. As well as being a Queer Leader for the non-profit, We Create Space.  

She is a Certified Diversity Professional from the North Hertfordshire College and is a Certified NLP practitioner from  iGNLP/ABNLP.  

Zara Sloane

Zara Sloane


Zara is a certified Executive Coach and has worked globally with a range of businesses and senior leaders, as well as emerging and young leaders. Her energetic, professional, and results-oriented approach – paired with her passion for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – has been critical to her diverse portfolio of roles and projects on which she has worked. Her 20 years corporate experience prior to consulting, includes having operated and led in global commercial roles as well as functional specialist roles in Talent, leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Organisational Development and Organisational Effectiveness. 

Zara has worked across both the public and private sector and has supported organisations in their development of more inclusive cultures through discovery, strategy, education, and coaching. One of her defining approaches is to work with managers and leaders as key levers of change with a view to creating the systemic conditions for success. 

She is passionate about the extraordinary benefits that DEI bring to business and society. Zara seeks to provide leaders with a deeper understanding of inclusion with respect to the personal and business benefits, and to help them develop strategies on how to avoid potential pitfalls, ultimately incentivising action. 

Alongside her client work Zara volunteers as a coach and mentor for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, supporting them with the knowledge, network, skills, and confidence to support their success and happiness. 

Her areas of expertise include Organisational Development, Talent Management, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Coaching, Performance Enablement, Early Careers and Mentoring. 

Qualifications and tools: 

  • Certified Executive Coach 2008 AoEC
  • Neuro Linguistic Practitioner 2009 Pegasus NLP
  • Be Talent Strengths Insights and decision Styles Accreditation, Zircon 
  • Motivational Map Practitioner 
  • Hogan Certified 
  • Gateway to Team Coaching 2020 – Clutterbuck & Hawkins 

Sophie Hunter

Sophie Hunter


Sophie is a qualified HR Professional and specialises in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  She has over 15 years’ experience across HR specialisms including HR General, Recruitment, Pensions and Learning and Development. Sophie has over 8 years’ experience as an EDI Lead for large organisations and has developed and delivered their Equality Strategy, advised on policy development and undertaken multiple corporate risk assessments for organisations across the public, private, and third sector. 

Sophie is an established trainer on leadership, and both general and bespoke EDI subjects. She has delivered a wide range of training to employers and employees, including bespoke training to internationally recruited delegates regarding UK laws and customs regarding equality and inclusion. She has developed and delivered training sessions on inclusion to Chester University Students and has also worked with ILM, delivering programmes, examining and verifying assessment work. She is passionate about equipping organisations and employees with the competences needed to make their working environment psychologically safe, friendly and inclusive. She has an interest in the effects on culture within organisations, and helping employers avoid unnecessary litigation and disruption within the workplace. 

Sophie has skills and knowledge in a wide variety of subjects and has developed courses and delivered subjects in a range of areas including:  

  • Leadership and Development,  
  • Equality and Inclusion Training (General) 
  • Unconscious Bias,  
  • Neurodiversity 
  • Bystander Training 
  • Setting up and Engaging with Staff Networks 
  • Bullying and Harassment 
  • EDI Allyship(including bespoke such as LGBT+ Allyship or Carer Allyship) 
  • Ethnic Leadership courses (that address the impact of race on career progression) 
  • Management bespoke EDI courses including ‘Inclusive interviews’ and ‘Providing Reasonable Adjustments for Staff with Disabilities’. 

Our dedicated In-House Training team can work with you to create a tailored training course that creates an optimal learning experience. Our bespoke built training programmes are designed around your needs and allow you to meet the specific requirements of your business.

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  • Develop an in-depth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to remove structural inequality, both within an organisational and social context
  • Build strategic priorities for equality, diversity and inclusion


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