Optimizing the Workforce of the Future

The demographics of the workforce are changing. Across industries, the talent pool is becoming increasingly diverse by many measures. To keep up with this change and to position themselves well for future success, organizations need to acknowledge this shift and embrace the idea of diversifying their workforce. This shift is not easy and cannot be done overnight; businesses need leaders who can spearhead this change, confront biases, and help the company’s practices and culture evolve. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to lead such change.

This course is designed to provide you with optimal ways to learn about, plan for, encourage, and manage diversity in organizations. We explore the data and analyze the business case for diversity and evaluate strategies to recruit and retain future and diverse talent. Through a combination of direct instruction, testimonials from experts, and group discussions, students will gain an understanding of what it takes to lead this change in the workplace and why it is so important. Additionally, a group project gives students the opportunity to practice leading this change in real-world settings with their current employers.