Event Details
Event Title ($2000 off) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Certificate Program (Scale School @ UNC Eship Center)
Location Online via Zoom
Sponsor Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Date/Time 09/14/2021 - 02/22/2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Event Price
Cutoff Date 09/29/2021 Must register before this date
For more information, contact the event administrator: Aspyn Fulcher Aspyn_Fulcher@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Certificate Program

Dates: September 14, 2021 - February 22, 2022 | Nine sessions

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm EST 

Instructor: Rodney Sampson


The Entrepreneurship Center at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School is proud to work with Rodney Sampson's OHUB to bring the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Certificate Program to organizational leaders through Scale School, in collaboration with Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). This one-of-a-kind certificate program is designed as an immersive, six-month engagement to create and integrate solutions that effectively operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion solutions (DEIS) into all key facets of your company. It features a framework of best practices and culturally competent insight to help you identify and implement the actions that will lead to advancing your organization's market share, economic output and shareholder value while developing your strengths as a transformational leader in your industry and ecosystem.  

Each month, participants will engage with nationally known experts to understand how they critically examine key business functions such as board governance, talent, procurement, product development, go to market, investment and impact  through a lens of equity. You'll be guided through the process of developing your own DEI strategy by creating a DEIS Canvas which will serve as your visual plan to implement within their company. Throughout the six-month program, you'll create a roadmap for your organization, start implementing it and get real time feedback from experts and trusted peers as you execute.

The DEIS Practicum Certificate is different from other Diversity & Inclusion programming because of its focus on application. At the beginning, each participant will take the Personal Diversity Paradigm created by the late Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., "The Father of Diversity Management". Throughout the program, participants will develop their DEIS Canvas framed after the Business Model Canvas. At the conclusion, each participant will receive a DEIS Practicum Certificate, will have completed a strategy and solutions document that they can implement in their respective organizations and will have access to the DEIS content as a reference and guide for future use. 

Participants of the DEI Solutions Certificate Program will meet virtually via Zoom for nine sessions over six months. Here is a detailed overview of meeting dates, times and topics that will be covered in each session. 


Bonus Kickoff Session: Tuesday, August 17 (for enrolled participants)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET


Session 1: Tuesday, September 14

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Introduction to DEIS Framework and Canvas 

Personal Diversity Paradigm Review


Session 2: Tuesday, September 28

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Corporate Governance & Board


Session 3: Tuesday, October 12

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Human Resources


Session 4: Tuesday, November 9

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Procurement


Session 5: Tuesday, December 14

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Product Development


Session 6: Tuesday, January 11

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Go To Market 


Session 7: Tuesday, January 25

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Venture Capital & Investment


Session 8: Tuesday, February 8

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS in Impact


Session 9: Tuesday, February 22

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

DEIS Canvas Presentation + P&L



About the UNC Eship Center

We create a better world by inspiring, motivating, and developing entrepreneurial leaders from diverse backgrounds who can recognize opportunities and solve complex problems that lead to positive social change. We achieve this by connecting our world-class research with our exceptional hands-on teaching and practice.

UNC Eship Center DEI Statement

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. They're more than just words for us. They are the foundation of the work that we do as a Center at UNC and in the greater community. We are passionate about creating an inclusive entrepreneurial community that promotes and values diversity. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone, from all backgrounds, feels supported as they explore their unique path. 

Entrepreneurship is already challenging without the additional barriers that diverse communities face. We are committed to using our platform to bridge the gap and serve as a model by upholding our core value of inclusion. We invite every member of our community to always bring your authentic self and experiences as you join us.





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