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Kellogg Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Program Fosters Dialogue and Empowerment

We launched the Kellogg Cross-Cultural Leadership Development (KCCLD) program in 2014 with the aim of strengthening the retention and development of people of color in our salaried workforce.

According to recent KCCLD participants, the program has multiple benefits. For example, one of the program’s strengths is prompting employees and their managers to have more open, honest conversations and, as a result, better working relationships. Indeed, the program requires these one-on-one conversations and even provides “conversation starters” to get things going.

Amani B.,  Brand Manager, Marketing

Amani B.,Brand Manager, Marketing

“It was great to be able to have open dialogue with other African-American employees and to talk about how we can bring up topics with our managers that may be uncomfortable, whether it be about our performance or about race or any other issue,” said Amani B., Brand Manager, Marketing, and a KCCLD participant. “The program is helping us have important conversations, and that’s really to the benefit of the business and the entire organization.”

According to recent KCCLD participants, the program has multiple benefits. For example, one of the program’s strengths is prompting employees and their managers to have more open, honest conversations and, as a result, better working relationships.

Another participant said he appreciated how the program emphasized personal empowerment. “One program topic in particular focused on how ‘success begins from the inside out,’ through thought, beliefs, decisions, actions and your habits and behavior,” said Torrance B., Senior Director, Snacks Sales. “Once you understand and are able to articulate your value and capabilities, then you must self-advocate — create your own strategic roadmap for success and connect with those who can help you build your skill set.”

Torrance B., Senior Director, Snacks Sales

Torrance B.,Senior Director, Snacks Sales

Torrance added: “With the timing of the course during Q4 of last year, it gave me the opportunity to develop my own personal scorecard for success. On December 31st, 2016, I will look back and see if I accomplished my strategic goals.”

Sponsored by the Kellogg Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council and produced by our Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence in partnership with Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and Founder of the Center for Workforce Excellence, the KCCLD is aligned with our K Power to Grow leadership competencies and with the W.K. Kellogg Leadership Academy. It involves four sessions that take place over the course of four months. The primary topics include:

  • Succeeding in corporate America as a person of color
  • Building and marketing “the brand called you”
  • Leading and engaging with the head and the heart (emotional intelligence)