University of Phoenix hosts over 1,400 attendees from 22 countries at its inaugural Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phoenix University welcomed 1,415 attendees from 22 countries to its first annual Inclusive Leadership Summit and Career Fair, held April 12-15. The free, virtual event focused on developing skills as an inclusive leader and provides networking and employment opportunities, with the job fair featuring 35 employers.

Titled “Creating the Intentional Leader of Today, Tomorrow and Beyond,” the event was designed to help attendees reimagine how to impact diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in their career and workplace. Learners at the event have the opportunity to earn a digital badge, “Inclusive Leader: Self and Social Awareness,” to share on LinkedIn and other social profiles or job boards. Although open to the public, the event was also well attended by University of Phoenix alumni, students, faculty, and staff, who made up 33% of attendees.

“The Summit was an absolutely fabulous experience. I feel so honored to have been a part of it,” says Misty Smith, a current student. “I was so excited to see an organization that hires neurodivergent people included!” added Smith. “The University of Phoenix has allowed me to connect with so many people who inspire and motivate me to complete my education and achieve my goals. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to put this event and open communication and opportunities I didn’t even know were possible.

The event began with remarks and an open discussion by the keynote speaker and author and anti-racism advocate Tim Sage. Attendees were able to access career planning sessions, in-depth workshops, research presentations, and choose industry-focused tracks: leadership and management, healthcare, and education. Thursday’s sessions were dedicated to the theme of promoting psychological safety and featured ideas on race lighting and the inauthentic covenant by the closing keynote speaker, Dr. J. Luke Wood.

“I am a leadership student and volunteered for the summit not only to provide support to the event organizers, but also to learn more about leadership in the context of diversity, equity and of inclusion,” shares Herman van Niekerk, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Doctoral Studies. “One of the most important emerging leadership styles is collaborative leadership, which must take into account organizational diversity. It is also about shared leadership and therefore it is important to explore how DEI and inclusive leadership will improve the success of the organization. The summit provided a valuable opportunity to learn more about DEI and experience it from the perspective of organizational leadership as well as society. »

The Inclusive Leadership Summit incorporated research findings from the University of Phoenix Career Institute™ and research centers to illuminate the topics covered while highlighting the academic fields of study offered at the University.

“The Career Optimism Index® the research findings provide a valuable tool for leaders and academics to better understand the growing needs of a multicultural workforce – and how we can continue to strategically develop work environments through inclusive leadership and evidence-based strategies and decision-making that foster a sense of ownership for organizational stakeholders,” says Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D., President of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (CWDI) of the University.

ETS, the world’s largest nonprofit evaluation, measurement, research and learning organization, and Miscellaneous: Higher education issues, a leading source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education, were the sponsors of the event.

The top was presented by Podcast “In the margins” of Miscellaneousmoderated by Jamal Watson, Ph.D., at an interview with guest Saray LopezMBA, Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion with the Office of Educational Equity.

Miscellaneous also covered the main takeaways from the opening and closing main sessions of the event.

Session recordings remain available to registrants until May 15 via the virtual platform, and recorded sessions will also be posted on the Summit webpage. Registrants can still earn a badge by watching at least nine of the recorded sessions and completing the survey.

About the University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is ​​continually innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit

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