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Leading Inclusively Lab

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About the Program

The Leading Inclusively Lab is a highly experiential, full immersion experience where you will learn to foster psychologically safe and developmentally appropriate spaces for people across multiple social identity and cultural differences. We need these capacities now more than ever. All across the world, we are seeing that understanding and engaging skillfully across differences is critical and complex. As humans, we’re wired to label each other and construct reasons to elevate our group over other groups. We are seeing more and more the limitations of this wiring, especially when we commit microaggressions against individuals and groups and our unconscious biases get us in all kinds of trouble. Society and our organizations demand that we become more self-aware and inclusive. This demand challenges our identity, simple stories, and the need for control. Sometimes when we try, we get it wrong and this unsettles us. This experiential program is designed to help us bring our most expansive selves to leading in more inclusive ways.

What you'll learn

This course on becoming an intercultural leader offers a way to expand your skills and grow developmentally, in what we call the Leading Inclusively Lab. Consider participating in this program if you resonate with these intentions:

  • I am willing to search and test my own tolerance and sense of self
  • I want to increase awareness of my own biases and learn ways to make them explicit
  • I want to become better at engaging and bridging across cultural and social identity differences, such as country of origin, race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
  • I want to cultivate energetic awareness of our interconnectedness while embracing our differences
  • I want to learn how to build trusting relationships and manage conflict across cultural differences
  • I want to learn what changes I can make to help foster a more equitable, inclusive, and just corporate or institutional culture; I want to foster a culture of belonging

Specifically, you will:

  • Take the Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Take an Adult Development Assessment
  • Work in small groups between sessions
  • Receive one-on-one coaching
  • Develop an intercultural development plan
  • Learn from safe-to-fail experiments

Accessibility - Fees

We hope to keep this workshop accessible for all that wish to attend.  The program with early registration is US $1,100.


We also offer a self-selected reduced fee of US $250.00 for participants who belong to historically underrepresented groups, e.g., people of colour, indigenous people, those outside the western business paradigm.
If cost is still an issue, please reach out to Akasha.

Cancellation & Terms

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.

Faculty Bios

Vernice Jones

Vernice believes that leaders can learn to expand their impact and agility through presence, connection, and awareness across contexts. With over 15 years of experience working with global Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits, Vernice Jones creates experiential leadership programs and leadership development solutions that connect and drive business results. Vernice is a Director and Faculty of Adult Development at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is also an Associate (Coach, Facilitator, Consultant) at Cultivating Leadership, where she is currently co-faculty of The Leading Inclusively Lab. Vernice leverages her former experience as a diversity, equity and inclusion leader in her work in the Leading Inclusively Lab and her work leading circles of executive women of color. Vernice designed and delivered a two-week curriculum and trained instructors for prospective students at Duke University’s prestigious Leadership Academy in North Carolina, Shanghai and Beijing, China. Through her executive coaching business, she has been an executive and professional coach for clients in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. As a certified coach, Vernice Jones has completed coaching certification programs from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching through CRR Global. She is qualified to administer The Leadership Circle 360 profile, and the Myers Briggs, MBTI. Vernice has been designated by the International Coaching Federation as an MCC (Master Certified Coach), and a mentor coach. Vernice graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Vernice has worked on a number of community development projects including an Origami camp for girls in South Carolina, an English language program for Chinese seniors, and a program for church elders at a church with locations in South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria.


Nothing brings more joy to Akasha than supporting other people’s growth and development. One reason for this is that he believes advancing one’s development leads to an ever-unfolding reality that reveals unconditional all-inclusive Love. It is encountering and expressing this Love that facilitates a more expansive sense of self and identity. He feels that the world needs more compassionate leaders with this experience of identity and expression of love. He sees mature leadership as an outgrowth of identity work. Akasha also believes that developmental and liberatory possibilities exist when people radically and authentically engage across their social identity differences at multiple levels of systems. He pulls from adult development, gestalt facilitation, and mindfulness techniques to help his clients increase their capacity, courage, and comfort for navigating increasingly complex interactions and systems. He does this through his group facilitation and by teaching them to interrogate unconscious biases, practice cultural humility, and acknowledge multiple perspectives. Akasha stands for the development of leaders who lead through a diversity, equity, access, and inclusion lens while navigating the complexity of effectively engaging across differences. He has been coaching for over 10 years and brings deep interest in spirituality, adult development, and intercultural consciousness to his work in the world. As a consultant, he integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion principles with ideas and practices from adult stage development, polarity management, and complexity. Akasha is known for his success working with men across differences, such as sexual orientation, race, age, country of origin, and religion. He designs and facilitates we-space gatherings and international retreats on leadership development, inclusive leadership and masculinities. He teaches at Fielding Graduate University in their Evidence Based Coach Training Certificate program and also at St. George’s University in Grenada in the Schools of Graduate Studies and Arts and Sciences. Akasha holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. He is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation as a professional certified coach (PCC). His active research interests are in the areas of coaching across differences, pilgrimage as developmental journeys, and meaning-making and complexity development in university students in the Caribbean. Akasha is a pilgrim and enjoys being in the woods. He spends most of his time between Grenada and Bermuda with partner, son, and a very protective and energetic cockapoo dog. He makes time for goofing around with his pre-teen son, reading fantasy books, and sitting still doing nothing.