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Strategic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (SDEI) Certification

Cultivate a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Culture Where Everyone Can Do Their Best Work.
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Course Fee SGD3,295

Course Trainer

Ron is the former CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and CHRO of Al Raha Group, based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from HCI as Global Human Capital Strategist (GHCS), Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP).

Ron was cited by CIPD as one of the top five HR thinkers in the Middle East. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia.

Ron’s prior roles include senior HR roles with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living.

Ron’s board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI’s Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.

Ron’s work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management, and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India, and the Middle East.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for HR professionals seeking to embed DEI into specific functional areas or across the entire talent management lifecycle.

Whether you are an HR business partner, a generalist, or work in a CoE, this course will help you to identify and implement new DEI strategies that will positively impact individuals, teams, and your organization as a whole.

SDEI is also recommended for teams or functions who want to work collaboratively to ensure that DEI practices are integrated throughout their organizations.


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“Ron is a great facilitator and his sharing of case studies and real world examples make the learning more real and applicable to our daily work. Overall the programme is well structured and provided much insights on how to better management change within the organisation. Thank you!”
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“Thank you Ron, The course was on point and spoke to everything I deal with on a daily basis. So many key take aways from this course.”
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“Quality contents, up to date info & case studies, fruitful conversations that continue even after the workshop finishes”

Course Introduction

HR professionals and leaders understand the importance of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and strive to continuously improve it in their organizations, but many are uncertain about where to get started or how to fully embed it in their talent management practices.

Over the past several years, HCI has examined the practices of high-performing organizations to understand how they are cultivating and measuring diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We’ve used that research to develop our newest certification program.

During this Strategic Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (SDEI) Certification course, you will be immersed in a highly interactive, hands-on learning experience and equipped with processes and tools necessary to put diversity, equity, and inclusion into action in your organization.

Best of all? You’ll work on a real business challenge during class and consult with our expert faculty and your colleagues.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll work your way through HCI’s Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion framework as you consider all aspects of talent management in your organization.

You will learn how to:

Align and Assess

Make the case for DEI initiatives and audit your organization’s current culture and practices.


Integrate DEI initiatives into strategic workforce planning.


Attract, assess, and acquire a diverse employee base that can execute business strategies.

Engage and Develop

Create a culture and employee experience that is inclusive and equitable for all, including on-going and organization-wide DEI training.


Measure the impact of DEI strategies using business metrics.

What to Expect

Leave every HCI program with a free toolkit, access to additional videos and research, and a set of skills that you can use on the job immediately

Access log-in information, certification materials (participant guide and toolkit), and the exam in your MyHCI profile

Chat and interact with your facilitator and peers via WhatsApp Group available on mobile or desktop after the training course

Earn your HCI certification by attending all of the sessions, complete all classwork, and pass the multiple-choice exam with a score of 80% or higher

Attend this certification program and earn 19.5 HCI, 19.5 HRCI, 19.5 SHRM, and 18 ATD recertification credits

Course Outline

– Define diversity, equity, and inclusion and other key terms
– Understand your own beliefs and behaviors and how they impact your work
– Describe the DEI best practices of high-performing organizations

DEI Conversations
Implicit Bias Self-Assessments
Best Practices Summaries

– Show the link between business strategy, current talent measures, and DEI strategies
– Make the case for expending resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
– Secure commitments for resources such as acquiring the right DEI leadership and funding
– Cite/modify practices from other organizations

Alignment Activity
Business Case Group Activity
Resource Role Plays
Strategy Alignment Action Planning

– Create/modify organizational assessments for a full equity audit that surfaces blind spots and stumbling blocks in policy, processes, and procedures; inequities in the system, culture and behaviors related to DEI
– Explain any special considerations needed for remote workers
– Identify strengths and challenges that need to be addressed
– Cite/modify best practices from other organizations

Creating Organizational Assessment Group Activity
Cultural Audit Group Activity
Strengths and Challenges role Play
Organizational Assessment/Audit Action Planning

– Include DEI considerations in strategic workforce planning
– Assess current state
– Analyze diversity role segments
– Perform an environmental scan to understand internal and external labor demographics
– Create a plan to close gaps
– Create/modify policies and processes so that DEI is anchored in them at the organizational level, including succession planning, performance management, HR design, and change management
– Include modifications for remote audiences
– Cite/modify best practices for other organizations

Current State Assessment
Role Segmentation and DEI Analysis
Environmental Scanning Group Activity
Best Practice, Policies, and Processes Group Review
Strategic Integration Action Planning

– Attract a diverse pool of candidates and build pipelines by cultivating internal and external networks and relationships, and capitalizing on recruitment technologies, and social media
– Fairly assess candidates against objective standards while mitigating the effects of unconscious bias
– Reassess TA processes to eliminate bias
– Acquire diverse candidates by delivering a positive candidate experience combined with the right compensation elements
– Analyze data to monitor and measure the success of DEI strategies
– Cite/modify best practices from other organizations

Attracting Diverse Candidates Group Activity
Writing Inclusive Job Descriptions Activity
Creating a Candidate Experience Survey
Diverse Compensation for Diverse Candidates Activity
Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Hiring/Process and Policy Audit
Acquire a Diverse Workforce Action Planning

– Create culture that is proactively inclusive and that contributes to employees’ perception and experience of belonging for both on-site and remote workers
– Contribute to an employee experience that is fair and equitable at all levels
– Communicate the value, appropriate behaviors, and expectations for DEI to all levels of employees
– Hold employees accountable for exhibiting the right DEI behaviors through talent management activities
– Cite/modify best practices from other organizations

Creating the Right Culture Group Activity
Assessing the Employee Experience Group Activity
Creating a DEI Communication Plan
Integrating DEI Into Performance Management and Compensation
Engage Employees Action Planning

– Deliver the appropriate DEI training to all employees so that they leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion to increase individual, team, and organizational performance
– Provide accommodations, opportunities, and tools for employees to succeed based on their specific needs
– Cite/modify best practices from other organizations

Rating Training Programs Group Activity
Creating an Organization-Wide Training Program Group Activity
Accommodation and Opportunities Checklist
Develop Employees Action Planning

– Move beyond measuring demographics to measuring business impact, such as improved innovation, better decision quality, and higher market share
– Use quantitative and qualitative data to measure the effectiveness of DEI strategies
Include measurements for both on-site and remote workers
– Cite/modify best practices for other organizations

Measuring Business Impact Group Activity
Choosing the Right Data Group Activity
Measure Effectiveness of Strategic DEI Action Planning

Use the action planning from each section to draft a holistic action plan that includes all facets of talent management along with specific steps, roles, responsibilities, and measures

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions or need help? Please feel free to get In touch with us 🙂

To successfully earn an HCI certification, you must:

  • Attend all of the sessions. You may be excused for a maximum of two hours of class time.
  • Participate in group discussions, complete all classwork, and submit the evaluation.
  • Pass the certification exam with a score of 80% or higher.

The multiple-choice exam (required for all certification courses) can be taken any time after attending and does not expire. The exam consists of 40-60 questions depending on the course taken.

Each certification is valid for a three-year period. Renewal is based on continuing education credits that demonstrate currency in the field. Credits may be earned by attending HCI learning programs, completing additional courses, or through outside educational activities. The accumulation of 60 credits extends the certification for three additional years. Learn more about HCI recertification here

You can register online by filling the registration form on our website. Alternatively, you can also register by email or phone.

To register by e-mail, please send the delegates name, job title, email address, company name and telephone number to or alternatively you can email the scanned copy of the completed registration form.

For more information, please call +65 69807730

All our public events are conducted in English, unless otherwise stated. English subtitle are available for some of the online courses.

The registration fee includes admission to the events, exam and cert for certification courses.

For in-person course, a comprehensive set of documentation material in both printed and digital format or only printed format for some of the course distributed at the venue, lunches and 2 refreshment breaks for in-person classes. Hotel accommodation and travel costs are not included in the registration fee; however, we do have corporate rates with the hotel venue. Email to for more information.

There is no deadline for registration. However, for some courses, sometimes we do limit the number of delegates to ensure optimum course interaction. We advise you to register as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment and to allow adequate time for our administration process. for in-person class, if you need to register on the day itself (walk-in registration), then kindly contact our customer service department at +65 62621651. If time restricts, you can go directly to the event venue, and approach our officer in charge over there. Our personnel will assist you with subject to seat availability.

Full payment must be received within seven (7) working days upon receipt of invoice or before the event date, whichever is earlier.  A LOU with company stamp is requested for those organizations that cannot make payment on time.

Payment Mode


  • Account Name: HRD Future Pte Ltd
  • Account Number: 695-207639-001
  • Beneficiary Bank: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
  • Beneficiary Bank Address: 65 Chulia Street OCBC Centre Singapore 049513
  • Swift Code: OCBCSGSG

For other currencies, we may provide you a different bank account depends on currencies. Email to for more information.


Please make all cheques payable to: HRD Future Pte. Ltd. (Appliable in Singapore Company only)     


We are using PayPal as the credit card payment gateway. This is the most secure way for credit card payment. There is an additional 4.4% + SGD0.5 credit card charges per transaction. A payment request email with payment link will send to you via HRD Future’s PayPay account if you choose this option.

Can I change the name/details of the delegate(s) after registration?

Yes, a name can be changed at no additional cost. Please email providing the details of the delegate(s) you wish to replace and the details of the replacement(s). This email should include:

  • Full names, titles and positions in company
  • Company name
  • Direct telephone (for any urgent purpose)
  • Delegate’s email address (for us to send the Pre-Course Reading Material and Questionnaire)

I have registered for an event but I can no longer attend, what is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation policy can always be found in the Terms & Conditions section of your registration form. Basically, cancellations can be made if it is submitted more than 30 days prior to the event.

For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event, you have several options:

  • You can send a replacement as we do substitution free of charge
  • If no one from your organisation can attend, formal written request for withdrawal is required and an acknowledgement sent out. If the request is done before a month of the commencement date, a credit voucher is issued to the organization to be used within 12 months of the date of issuance.

Can I get a copy of the delegate list prior to the event?

We do not disclose delegate list prior to the event taking place. A list of participants will be available at the event only.

Can I get a copy of the course materials prior to the event for self-study?

Yes for some of the courses. However since we always update course materials closer to the event date to ensure all data is most updated, we are only able to provide course materials approximately one week before the event dates. A full payment is requested in order to receive the course material in advance.

What is the dress code for the event?

Most of our delegates who attend our courses prefer to wear business/ smart casual clothing. No shorts please. You can also bring optional formal clothing for your personal dinner or networking functions.

Who should I inform about my dietary requirements?

We will email you the event details letter approximately two weeks before the day of the events. You can highlight any special dietary requirements by reply the email.

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