Yardstick Management Launches Leadership Institute Focused On Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

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America’s Leading Black-Owned Management Consulting Firm Launches Institute In St. Simons Island Hosting Nations Top Leaders and Senior Executives For Inaugural Event

Yardstick Management, America’s leading Black-Owned management consulting firm, today announced the Yardstick Management Institute, a specialized leadership program designed for leaders and senior executives. The institute will host its inaugural event, Leadership & Vulnerability: A Journey of Awareness, Reflection, & Commitment,​​ which will take place January 12-14, 2022. During this three-day immersive retreat, a select cohort of the nation's top leaders will gather in St. Simons Island, Georgia to explore the connections between leadership and the power of vulnerability.

St. Simons Island also holds important significance. What was once prominent plantation land will now be home to a diversity, equity and inclusion-led institute and operated by marginalized individuals. By offering participants DEI-focused programs that will explore lessons learned, cultural awareness, and engage in self-reflection, attendees will embark on a personal journey that will help them redefine leadership commitment in an ever-changing diverse, global landscape. The institute will continue to announce its calendar of events throughout 2022, with participants encouraged to register directly through the Yardstick Management website beginning today.

Yardstick is thrilled to announce that Chris Webber, a partner of the firm, 5-time NBA All-Star and NBA Hall of Fame Inductee, will be the institute’s keynote speaker. Additional speakers leading sessions and discussions include:

  • Tamika Curry Smith, Chief Diversity Officer for Arm
  • Christina Shareef, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging for Reddit
  • Pilin Anice, Meditation and Yoga Trainer for Mirror
  • Natalie Keng, Founder/Owner of Chinese Southern Belle LLC
  • Mitchell Nover, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Four Seasons Resorts Nevis

Attendees will also participate in sessions and impactful discussions led by the Yardstick Management team - Chris Webber, Partner, will guide participating executives to the theme with an introductory speech on “Why Leading with Authenticity is Key", followed by Slma Shelbayah, Chief Communications Officer, who will discuss “How Dimensions of Culture Affect Communication in the Workplace”. Additional speakers from Yardstick include Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III the Founder and Managing Partner and Naima Greenwood, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Johnny Park, Global Head of Executive Search and Human Resources.

“While working with large organizations fosters a strong roadmap, having the opportunity to connect with dozens of senior executives in a more personal environment allows us to make an even greater impact,” said Dr. Ebbie Parsons III, Founder of Yardstick Management. “Our new institute program is a significant launching point because Yardstick Management’s leadership strategy is led by individuals who are trusted to bring a diverse mindset to the table. The ability to do this requires a level of vulnerability, helping us realize we all need to take a step back and trust our fellow employees.”

The launch of the Yardstick Management Institute comes on the heels of significant customer and employee growth. Over the last year, the management consulting firm increased revenue by 166%, grew its employee base by 42%, and impacted over 2,600,000 employees across global corporate, non-profit and educational organizations including, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, MIT, Orangetheory, Playboy and more. Yardstick Management is only 9 years old and already working with clients from Time 100s most influential companies list.

Yardstick Management was established in 2012 as a global strategic management consulting firm that provides comprehensive solutions to mission-driven organizations from conception to realization. It has serviced over 65 companies, government agencies, municipalities, and higher education institutions in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit yardstickmanagement.com.

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