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Leading Inclusively with Cultural Intelligence Through Change

An Above Difference Executive Leadership Residential Masterclass for Public Sector Chief Executives, Chairs, Chief Constables, Chief Fire Officers, Directors and Assistant Directors

15 & 16 March 2023

Develop your capabilities as a Culturally Intelligent and Intentionally Inclusive Leader. Lead and facilitate inclusive organisations and networks where inclusion works for everyone.
Programme Details

15 & 16 March 2023 (in-person)

Two full days residential

The Royal Berkshire Hotel, Ascot

£1,999 +VAT


10% for #ToSeeAndHearYou members

10% for 2-4 people

Secure you place on this exclusive, public sector leaders’ peer to peer mastermind cohort

I have developed this unique residential programme to help leaders and experts work together to move from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘how we make it right’ and forge inclusive, cultural change throughout UK public sector organisations collectively. 

Come join me on a leadership transformation journey that will change the way you engage with the Inclusion agenda to  #LeadDifferenceDifferently

Programme Overview

Our unique Leading Inclusively with Cultural Intelligence Through Change Residential Masterclass is an Inclusive Leadership growth journey, inviting a small but diverse group of industry leading peers to come together during challenging times to further enhance their inclusive leadership and change management capacities, develop solutions and be equipped to lead a journey of change to transform their organization’s culture.

Incorporating Inclusive Leadership with Cultural Intelligence, proven principles of change management, and strength-based leadership, it is specifically aimed at public sector leaders with responsibility for leading large organisations, systems and diverse teams across the public sector landscape.

It will be particularly useful for Chairs, CEO’s, Chief Constables, Chief Fire Officers, Directors and Assistant Directors.

Join Jennifer for this unique experience and come find out why it has been described by one leader as “the best leadership programme I have actually been on in my career.” 

Programme Inclusions

Above Difference has developed a unique learning pathway designed to teach, equip, challenge, and engage with participants hearing from industry leaders and experts as well as learning from ongoing case studies and each other.  

This Programme will be delivered through a careful blend of interactive sessions during the residential and follow-on sessions to support the change implementation journey:

Industry Leader Expert Sessions

Learn from Industry Leaders, International Experts and Maxwell Leadership certified leadership coaches and equip yourself with what it takes to “shift the dial” and transform your landscape into a more equitable and inclusive workplace

Above Difference Cultural Change Management Modules

Using the Above Difference Leading For Inclusion Change Model, leaders will deepen their knowledge, understanding and application of leading a cultural change journey

Mastermind Sessions

Engage with industry peers and leaders in facilitated Mastermind sessions to forge solutions and a new path of collective leadership that creates positive, systemic change

Follow On Coaching

Receive a one-to-one 'Leading Cultural Change' follow on coaching session with Jennifer Izekor

Follow on Mastermind Group Membership (six-months)

Engage in Cultural Intelligence and Inclusive Leadership masterminds with peers to design and implement new solutions to inclusion for workforces and communities

Leadership Network

Form part of a unique Inclusive Leaders Collective designed to support, enable and empower participants as they implement their learning in their organisations

Industry Leader Expert Sessions

Learn from industry leaders who are leading cultural change in their public sector organisations. Workshop and apply case study knowledge, methods and materials to your organisational cultural change plan.

Leading for Inclusion Change Model & Cultural Change Journey Modules

Jennifer Izekor, Founder and CEO, Above Difference

[Title of Session]


Andy Bennett QPM, Senior Associate Facilitator and Partner


Finding Inclusive Solutions to Challenging Issues – A journey of Discovery

Jaki Lowe, Director for People and Inclusion, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Leading all People Well – More Than Just Inclusion

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NSH Trust


Rebuilding Trust, Changing Cultures

Mark Preece / Jean Cole [role title]


Developing Organisational Cultures

Mark Billage, Founder of Smart Culture and Author of ‘I See You’

Cultural Change Management Modules

Using the Above Difference Leading For Inclusion Change Model, leaders will be guided through a journey to deepen their knowledge, understanding and application of leading a cultural change journey, with an emphasis on the practical application to their own organisational change strategy and unique workplace.

Participants will be supported to develop a robust approach to shifting the dial for the Inclusion agenda, identifying and breaking down systematic barriers to inclusion and discrimination.

This is an innovative approach to equipping leaders with a unique set of skills, knowledge and capabilities and provide a new perspective on leading for inclusion, while challenging and changing organizational cultures.

This Programme will incorporate five key module areas:


Values Based Leadership for Inclusion


Strength Based Leadership for Inclusion


Culturally Intelligent Leadership for Inclusion


Change Management Leadership for Inclusion


Leadership that Influences and Engages for Inclusion

Unique Benefits of the Residential

This unique residential doesn’t profess to provide all the answers but it does promise a space where leaders from across the public sector can come together in a safe, facilitated environment to explore the questions and draw on a range of tried and tested theories and models to develop solutions for their organizations.

Facilitated by Jennifer Izekor CEO and Founder of the Award Winning and Groundbreaking Organisation Above Difference, leaders will be supported to “take time to think” and step outside their day-to-day discourse, connect with like-minded leaders committed to inclusion, and come together to explore, develop, challenge, listen and grow.

Time to Think
An opportunity to take a step away from the day-to-day pressures and take part in creative thinking and problem solving.
Take time to reflect on the strategic leadership of the Inclusion agenda in your organisation.
Time to Learn
An opportunity to hear from leaders who are ‘doing difference differently’ – the challenges, the successes, the learning.
Examine your own strategic leadership of the Inclusion agenda through the lens of tried and tested leadership and organisational development perspectives.
Time to Innovate
An opportunity to work creatively in facilitated Mastermind spaces to develop innovative approaches to specific challenges.
Go beyond best practice and forge new ways of working to lead change across the UK public sector collectively.
Time to Discover
An opportunity to discover new approaches to dealing with old challenges.
Learn how you can use international developments around Inclusion, Cultural Intelligence and Change Management to make a difference in leading your organisation inclusively through change

Upon completion of the programme, leaders will walk away with:

A set of unique leadership tools and practices to drive forward the Inclusion, Belonging and Wellbeing agenda in your organizations and lead your leadership teams through a deep reaching culture change management journey

The ability to use your enhanced Cultural Intelligence and Inclusive leadership skills to go beyond traditional EDI approaches to identify and remove barriers to inclusion and full engagement for individuals with protected characteristics across the workforce, stakeholders, and communities

Ongoing access to a comprehensive package of worldwide, evidence-based leadership resources to support your ongoing professional development as a Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Leaders equipped to add value to your leaders and workforce

An extended network of leaders across the UK who are learning to lead difference differently, creating real and lasting change in their organization and committed to sharing good practice and making Inclusive workplaces and services a reality in your workplace and the communities you serve

What our partners say...


“The Above Difference approach aligns to all the strategic aims of the organisation and provides the delivery vehicle to achieve sustainable cultural improvement.”

Tim Couchman, Head of EDI, ULHT and NHS WRES Expert

“Above Difference shone a light on a way of working, valuing difference and setting out a process in which we would be supported and guided to identify and make the changes needed.”
“Perhaps most importantly a trusted partner that gets it, that wants us to succeed and is bought into the benefits for our staff and communities as much as we are. Developing a system-wide solution and changing the way that we deliver HR services.”
“Our project is a game changer.”

Jaki Lowe, Director for People and Inclusion, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

About Jennifer

Jennifer Izekor is an Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Trainer and Facilitator, CQ Fellow and also a Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team.

She is the Founder and Leader of Above Difference Limited a leading organisation in the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion landscape supporting leaders and managers across the public sector to embrace Inclusive Leadership with Cultural Intelligence (CQ) as a key to delivering Inclusive workspaces and culture change, where all are valued and diversity is leveraged to produce innovative and inclusive services.

Jennifer brings a wealth of public sector leadership experience as a Senior Civil Servant, Public Appointee, CEO, Trustee, and Public Sector NED to her facilitation and training. This and her lived-in experiences as a BAME Woman Leader provides her with depth, knowledge, and understanding of the challenges for Inclusion and Diversity facing senior leaders of all backgrounds in the public sector.

Jennifer is an exciting, innovative and engaging speaker and facilitator and has been described by Professor David Livermore, President of the Cultural Intelligence Institute USA as ‘one of the best CQ trainers and facilitators on the planet’ and a public sector Leader recently described the Above Difference ‘Leading Inclusively With Cultural Intelligence Leadership Masterclass’ as “the single best training, development, reflection time I have had in over a decade”.

In 2022 Above Difference was awarded ‘Top Diversity and Inclusion Services Provider in the UK’ by ManageHR Magazine.

“Above Difference, led by Jennifer Izekor, is doing some of the most innovative, effective work in building inclusive, culturally intelligent organisations.”

David Livermore, Thought Leader in Cultural Intelligence and former CEO of The Cultural Intelligence Centre