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"Diversity awareness and focus must be a part of a company's culture in all aspects. For training to be effective, the message must be reinforced regularly, and managers must coach their employees when they see behaviors and attitudes that contradict an inclusive environment."

~ Shane Green (Culture Hacker)

Businesses need to create a more inclusive work environments and support workplace diversity. Sometimes that training can become dry and impersonal. To the contrary, Diversity Works is an interactive exploration into diversity awareness that leverages the science of learning to create opportunities for real conversations that matter.

Diversity Works is designed to get adult learners out of their seats and into station-based activities catered to distinct learning preferences, interaction types, and technology options. Part experiential, part social, and part emotional, the Diversity Works learning style model encourages learners to explore and absorb new ideas around inclusivity and diversity.

  • "The 8 Best Diversity Training Programs of 2020" [Best Overall]
    ~ The Balance
  • "Best diversity training programs" [First Place]
    ~ Business News Daily
  • "Top 4 diversity and inclusion training programmes in 2020"
    ~ U2B Education for Careers


Diversity Works is a hands-on workshop that brings awareness of diversity and inclusion concepts to your workplace. It comes with everything you need – a setup guide, Facilitator Guide, and activity and participant materials – all in one convenient box. Activity stations are set up around the room for learners to decide which learning activities they want to participate in during the workshop.

Regardless of the activities they choose, learners will achieve the same learning outcomes. Each of the activities falls under one of three learning objectives:

  • Understanding Self – Describe what makes you the unique individual you are.
  • Understanding Others – I recognize what makes others the unique individuals they are.
  • Communication – Consider differences and act respectfully in the workplace.

The game is designed with activities that include different interaction types (individual, partner, or group), learning experiences (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, reflective, competitive, or problem-solving), and technology types (low-tech or high-tech). When the first part concludes, learners participate in a final shared experience using a diversity and inclusion board game.

Diversity Works comes in a ready-to-train kit for you to deliver a brain-friendly, hands-on, interactive learning experience. Each kit includes materials for up to 25 participants, and extra refill kits are available.


[Case Study] Cafeteria Learning in Action with Diversity Works at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center­­­­  Read

[Blog] The 8 Best Diversity Training Programs of 2020 – The Balance  Read

[Blog] Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Training Program – Business News Daily  Read

[Blog] Top 4 Diversity and Inclusion Training Programmes in 2020 – U2B Education for Careers  Read

[Case Study] Changing viewpoints, one conversation at a time at Daimler Trucks North America  Read

[News] "How this Portland company provides an interactive path to fostering inclusion: Idea Learning makes a kit that helps organizations engage in conversations about diversity" – Portland Business Journal  Read


Diversity Works – An Interactive Exploration Into Diversity Awareness


Diversity Works comes in a ready-to-train kit for you to deliver a brain-friendly, hands-on, interactive learning experience. Each kit includes materials for up to 25 participants, and extra refill kits are available.

Diversity Works Complete Kit

The complete includes almost everything you need to deliver the game and workshop including:

  • One setup guide to ensure all the moving parts are set correctly
  • One facilitator's guide designed for ease of facilitation
  • One USB with instructional video and slides to help participants understand this unique methodology
  • Color-coded content envelopes make it simple to set up and re-use materials
  • Primer and pre-evaluation materials
  • Workshop introduction materials
  • Journey of Diversity game materials
  • Debrief and post-evaluation materials
  • Color-coded activity station materials with learner instructions

Note: Customers will need to supply a set of headphones and a recording device

Diversity Works Refill Kit

The refill kit contains everything you need to replenish the consumable items in the kit for an additional 25 participants, including:

  • Primer and pre-evaluation materials
  • Workshop introduction materials
  • Debrief and post-evaluation materials
  • Activity station materials


Jillian Douglas and Shannon McKenzie are the authors and co-founders of Idea Learning Group in Portland, Oregon, have been on a mission to transform workplace learning by providing clients with creative, engaging, and custom learning experiences.

Ms. Douglas is the chief experience officer. With more than 20 years of experience in adult education, she has a passion for conceptualizing and delivering operational, managerial, and leadership-focused employee development programs. She also facilitates Diversity Works.

Ms. McKenzie is the chief operating officer where she oversees business operations, leads a talented team of learning consultants. She is the author of Let Them Choose: Cafeteria Learning Style for Adults. Shannon has a passion for ensuring that each individual’s learning needs are met clearly, simply, and effectively and helping people perform their work more efficiently and businesses excel.