Program

LDI integrates an experiential learning process with content that includes an in-depth understanding of group dynamics, coaching and peer feedback, systemic change, structural analysis, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community (history and current issues) and what it means to "influence."

LDI 3While at its heart LDI is an organizational change program, it does provide a journey in personal development. Individuals are expected to apply this self-development to strengthen the organization they represent. An organization becomes an LDI organization by making a commitment to work toward the goals of LDI and to send participants to LDI over a period of years. These LDI graduates – individually and collectively become a key resource to the organization.

Becoming an LDI organization means that ongoing support and consultation is offered in building capacity to demonstrate inclusion and equity. Organizations are asked to send two participants at a time, optimally a multiracial/multi-ethnic pair. CBI executes a Memorandum of Understanding with each participating organization in order to clarify expectations and to formalize the relationship it has with each LDI organization.

KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

LDI includes a variety of experiential and interactive methodologies including:

  • Inclusion and Equity: A Conceptual Framework
  • Leadership Skills: Personal Assessment, Styles of Leadership, Influencing at the Individual, Group, Organizational and Community Levels
  • Leadership Skills: Personal Assessment, Styles of Leadership, Influencing at the Individual, Group, Organizational and Community Levels
  • Influencing: Conceptual Framework, Tools & Skills for Impacting Individuals, Groups & Organizations. Strategies for Promoting Inclusion and Equity
  • Community and Relationship Building: Engagement, Support, and Challenge among Participants to Build Understanding, Support and Trust
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg: Historical Perspectives / Current & Future Challenges for inclusion & equity

LDI’s intended outcomes occur at three levels:

  • PERSONAL: Individual leaders with increased awareness, skill and a network of resources and support.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL: Organizations better able to develop programs, practices and strategies for inclusion and both internally and externally with their respective client/customer base or constituencies.
  • COMMUNITY: Stronger network of individuals and organizations with commitment and capacity for inclusion and equity.

CBI also offers a menu of options for follow-up support to LDI organizations that want to leverage their “critical mass” of LDI participants to demonstrate inclusion and equity within the organization.

LDI 4The success of LDI requires a diverse group of participants, including diversity across race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, employment, background and perspective. In addition to diversity, the following are participation criteria for organizations and individuals, and CBI executes a Memorandum of Understanding referencing these criteria:

Expectations for Organizations:

  • Examine the organization’s commitment and capacity for increasing access, inclusion and equity both internally and in the community and its ability to set goals/strategies for both.
  • Identify and recruit appropriate board/senior staff pair to participate in LDI with an emphasis on their capacity for organizational influence.
  • Support organizational representatives so that they can actively and consistently participate in all LDI program sessions and take part in alumni activities once they have completed LDI.
  • Support the LDI program through a financial contribution to CBI. Financial support may take the form of a LDI Program Sponsorship or organizational tuition ($3,600 per participant). CBI may consider a sliding tuition scale for smaller non-profit organizations (budgets < $500,000).
  • Respond in a timely manner to CBI’s requests for LDI assessments and other evaluative tools.
  • Convene LDI graduates and participants at least once annually to build internal capacity and commitment, consider support needed from CBI/LDI and to assess progress.
  • Provide opportunities for LDI participants to utilize the LDI framework, tools and strategies, thereby sustaining efforts to increase organizational commitment and capacity for promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Commit to continued participation in LDI, as appropriate.

Expectations for Individuals:

  • Demonstrate a capacity and commitment to influence for inclusion and equity within the organization, regardless of role, position or level;
  • Communicate a desire for and commitment to LDI as a personal development process;
  • Commit to investing the time and personal energy that LDI requires; specifically, consistent attendance at all LDI sessions and active participation in Bridging Groups and other LDI-related activities;
  • Commit to investing the time and personal energy that LDI requires; specifically, consistent attendance at all LDI sessions and active participation in Bridging Groups and other LDI-related activities;

TIME COMMITMENT

LDI 5LDI consists of 12 monthly sessions held on weekdays. Of the twelve (12) sessions ten (10) are full days (8 ½ hrs.) and two (2) are 5 hours – morning (8:00 am -1:00 pm) or afternoon (12:30 - 5:30 pm). Class members are also expected to be a part of an ongoing small “bridging group” which designs 2 - 3 community-based experiences of 2 - 3 hours each. In addition, conversations with others in the organization are expected. Classes typically begin with an orientation in late April and begin monthly sessions in May.

Because LDI is an experiential community-building program and not a “class” in which missed sessions can easily be made up, consistent attendance is vital to achieving desired results – for individual participants, their organizations and for CBI as the program sponsor. CBI makes every effort to schedule sessions such that the majority of participants can attend consistently, and participants are expected to adhere to working agreements regarding attendance.