Leading the Conversation

Diversity and Inclusion Training for Leaders

Diversity and inclusion are core values for many non-profit and public sector organizations. As a leader, do you know how to translate these values into practice?

Leading the Conversation is a four-month training program designed to help leaders build diverse and inclusive organizations – with immediate results.

The program offers practical, solutions-based learning tools and resources to help you implement best practices in recruiting, onboarding and performance management. You can also collaborate and connect with other leaders working on the same challenges.

This program is for you if you are:

  • A senior leader in a not-for-profit, government, or other public sector organization
  • Responsible for strategy within your organization (e.g., Executive Director, HR Manager, or similar)
  • See opportunity in diverse perspectives, and aim to explore, develop and implement a diversity strategy

Leading the Conversation can:

  • Help you implement real practices in your organization to shape a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Provide tools and best practices to support inclusive hiring and employee retention
  • Deepen your understanding of inclusion and help you build a high performing team



The next Leading the Conversation training is coming in 2018! 

Register your interest: email Anna Kostecka – akostecka@triec.ca.

The cost for this four-month leadership development program is $800.00 CAD.


The facilitators

Anna Kostecka
Anna_smallAnna is a learning professional, intercultural expert, and program manager with over 7 years of international experience. In her current role as a Senior Manager of Learning Initiatives at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), she oversees a portfolio of TRIEC learning projects for both immigrants to Canada and local employers.

Prior to coming to Canada, Anna co-founded and led an innovative not-for-profit in Krakow, Poland’s second largest city, and taught Diversity Management at the University of Applied Sciences at Kufstein, Austria. She holds an M.A. degree in Psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Shirley Marie Garcia
ShirleyEdit_smallShirley Marie Garcia is the Associate Director of Human Resources at March of Dimes Canada (MODC), a national organization that helps people with disabilities lead independent lives. In this role, she oversees the management of Human Resources, Payroll and the newly-established Training Institute. In her capacity as a trainer, Shirley’s focus is on leadership, performance management and coaching, legal compliance, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

Shirley Marie holds a Master’s degree in Management from Asian Institute of Management in Philippines, and has achieved her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) designations. An enthusiastic, life-long learner, she completed the Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program from Queen’s University and Morneau Shepell, and is pursuing the Master’s Certificate Program in Adult Training & Development from Schulich Executive Education Centre.


Background information and reports

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has identified diversity as one of the top five challenges for non-profit leaders (Shaping the Future: Leadership in Ontario’s Nonprofit Labour Force, Ontario Nonprofit Network, The Mowat Centre, University of Toronto, September 2014).