Inclusive Leadership: Igniting Staff and Volunteers for Optimal Performance – 2022 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Session Description:

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) is a proven way to elicit superior performance from teams and individuals. But that performance does not just happen by itself. Even if there is a DEI Plan, that plan needs to be carried out day-to-day by the people in your group. How do you engage everyone equitably so that they perform at their best and your team performs at its highest level? This workshop explores how to ignite your staff to optimal performance using our formula of equitable inclusion of diverse people.

Pre-Session Engagement

Before attending the session, please view the 3.5-minute video, “An Introduction to Unconscious Bias.”

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • Provide an equitable, inclusive environment for their team in meetings and interactions, increasing employee/volunteer satisfaction;
  • Facilitate innovative thinking and decision making, increasing the number of ideas and the quality of ideas generated;
  • Create win-win situations with each employee/volunteer, increasing employee/volunteer satisfaction.



James McKim is Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a Management Consulting practice. He is a sought-after organizational performance speaker, coach, change manager, and author of the best-selling book The Diversity Factor: Igniting Superior Organizational Performance. Over his 35+ year career, he has helped small and large organizations, for-profit and non-profit, spark efficiency and growth through the aligning of people, process, and technology. Mr. McKim is known nationally for his current focus on organizational and individual performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is recognized by industry watchers such as ATD, Brandon Hall, Bersin Associates, Axelos, and PMI for his dedication to creating win-win situations between organizations and their employees.