Webinar - CQ and Inclusive Leadership

Want to learn how leading organizations utilize CQ to address Inclusive Leadership?

As part of their research, Deloitte*, one of the world’s largest global consulting firms, recognized cultural intelligence as one of the Signature Six Traits of the lnclusive Leader.

We couldn’t agree more. CQ is core to Inclusive Leadership. In fact, CQ is what gives leaders the skills and confidence to effectively lead diverse teams. 

Join us for our upcoming webinar on “CQ and Inclusive Leadership.” 

Dr. Sandra Upton, VP of Global Diversity Practice, will be joined by a panelists of CQ and Leadership Experts from Harvard to the CEO of a global consulting firm in Switzerland.

Participants will learn:

1) What Inclusive Leadership Is and Why CQ Matters
2) The Characteristics of an Inclusive Leader with high CQ
3) The Consequences when CQ is missing
4) Best Practices for Including Everyone

Pro Tip:
Using CQ to Build a DEI Organization

Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, is the foundation and strategic link to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  As you develop and execute your DEI initiatives within your organization, we recommend doing it one step (or block) at a time. Remember, it’s a journey.


Assess > Explore > Execute > Measure > Sustain

Featured Speakers

Host and Moderator

Dr. Sandra Upton – U.S.A.

VP, Global Diversity Practice

Cultural Intelligence Center


Amri Johnson – Switzerland


Inclusion Wins

Gary Cormier – U.S.A.

Senior Director, HR Consulting for FAS

Harvard University

Dr. Lillian Schumacher – U.S.A.


Tiffin University

Tina Merry – Canada

Lead Consultant

The Cultural Intelligence Center

Dr. Sandra Upton

VP, Global Diversity Practice
Cultural Intelligence Center

Dr. Sandra Upton is Vice President, Global Diversity Practices with the Cultural Intelligence Center, and is responsible for providing leadership and expertise on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters for CQC clients across the globe. She has over twenty-five years of experience training and consulting with businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and non-profits around the globe. She has led CQC’s response to the growing demand from global companies such as Amway, Starbucks, Steelcase, Hallmark, Fiat-Chrysler, Perrigo, Cintas and institutions and schools like Harvard University, London School of Economics, University of Michigan, Queensland University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Boston Public Schools, Dallas ISD, that are committed to integrating CQ into their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Sandra is also the subject matter expert for the Center’s work in unconscious bias and has led the Center’s unconscious bias certification programs across the globe. She is a frequent speaker and consults with numerous businesses and institutions on how to effectively integrate CQ and unconscious bias assessments and training into business and educational settings. She travels frequently and has consulted with organizations and facilitated trainings in places such as Brazil, China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and several countries throughout Europe.

She and her husband Robert, are the proud (and excited empty-nesters) of two amazing college-aged children, Alexis and Devin.

Amri Johnson 

Inclusion Wins by A. Johnson Partners

Inclusion, organizational effectiveness, behavioral science expert consultant

For over 20 years, Amri Johnson has been instrumental in helping organizations and their people create extraordinary business outcomes. He is a social capitalist, epidemiologist, entrepreneur, executive coach, and inclusion strategist. Amri’s dialogic approach to engaging all people as leaders and change agents (previously at the research division of Novartis, as Global Head of Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion) has fostered the opening of minds and deepening of skillsets with organizational leaders and citizens enabling them to thrive and optimally contribute to one another and their respective organizations.

Currently, as CEO/Founder of Inclusion Wins, he is building a global cooperative of people-focused solution providers whose work are informed and enhanced by inclusiveness.
Amri is currently writing a manuscript for change makers with the intention of systemically embedding inclusion in a manner that is accessible (for all), actionable (unambiguously prioritized), and sustainable (aligned with organizational purpose).
Born in Topeka, Kansas (USA), Amri has worked and lived in the U.S., Brazil, and currently lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife Martina and their three kids.

Gary Cormier 

Senior Director
FAS HR Consulting, Harvard University

Gary P. Cormier brings a career of over 35 years’ experience in both Human Resources
and leadership management, the last 20 of which have been at an executive management
level. Gary has had a variety of experiences in leading various departments and functions
through periods of growth and change in a variety of different sectors. Gary has had overall
management responsibility for departments of over a hundred employees all the way down
to small team in an internet start-up and as an interim leader on management consulting

Gary’s direct work experience has been in high growth companies (such as Lotus
Development), large enterprise organizations (such as IBM), HR solution providers (such
as BrassRing) and currently in the realm of academia (at Harvard University in a
leadership role as Senior Director of HR Consulting for the main university of Faculty of Arts
and Sciences, managing a team of ten Senior HR Consultants). Prior to this, Gary has also
been a co-founder of a startup company called MyPerfectGig, a recruitment sourcing
technology solution, having raised two rounds of venture funding in the amount of $11M.

Gary has been a marketplace presenter and OD/Management Facilitator on a wide variety
of topics related to HR best practices and innovative approaches to both HR and leadership
management. His work at Harvard University is in the capacity of a facilitator and trainer,
where he also delivers teambuilding sessions utilizing many team and individual
assessment tools.

Gary has a double BS Degree from Assumption College, Worcester, MA in both Biology & English Literature as well as a Masters in Theological Studies/Pastoral Counseling from Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Lillian Schumacher

Tiffin University

Professional Highlights

  • Over 32 years’ experience in higher education and corporate environments; expertise in administrative
    leadership, teaching, assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, budget preparation/oversight, talent
    management, fund raising, diversity and inclusion and strategic innovation.
  • More than 23 years’ experience designing programs and teaching in the areas of organizational behavior
    and change, strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, human resources, international
    business and global leadership, and other related disciplines.
  • High degree of enthusiasm for establishing creative, stimulating and positive environments with
    demonstrated ability to lead whole scale change processes in organizational settings.
  • Approachable leadership style, with strong work ethic marked by dedication, initiative, integrity, and
  • Lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
  • Transforming Tiffin University in areas of global mindset through comprehensive diversity and inclusion
    institutional identity; becoming a model example of strategic private higher education innovation through
    expansive alliance with other universities, consortiums and organizational partnerships.

Professional Experience

  • President, Tiffin University (TU) since 2016; served as Interim President, Vice President for Academic
    Affairs and Dean of the School of Business at TU. Before returning to Tiffin, with her family in 2010,
    Schumacher was an Associate Professor and founding Director of the PhD in Global Leadership program at
    Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN. She served briefly as the first Director of Assessment and Institutional
    Effectiveness at Chancellor University in Cleveland and built that department. Before that, she was an
    Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director and Assessment Coordinator in the Keith Busse School of
    Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.
  • Trained consultant, facilitator and executive coach specializing in Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Emotional
    Intelligence, DISC Personal Profile Systems, leadership, strategic planning, and change management;
    extensive consulting with national and international companies.
  • Research interests: Organizational leadership and change; strategic management; cross-cultural sensitivity.

Notable Involvement and Recognitions

  • Women’s Career Excellence Award Recipient, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • East Green Foundation Board of Director, (2019-Present)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Director, (2019-Present)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of OH (AICUO), Executive Committee (2020); Board
    of Director, (2016-Present)
  • Ohio Foundation for Independent College (OFIC), Board of Trustee, (2018-Present)
  • Tiffin Community Foundation Board of Trustee, (2013-2019)
  • Ohio Campus Compact Board of Director, (2017-Present)
  • Webster Industries, Board Director, (2015-Present)
  • Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), Chair (2020), Board Director, (2016-Present)
  • Industrial Manufacturing Council member, 2012-2015; Past President, (2013-2014)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Global Business Education Committee,
    October 2010-2015, Chair (2013-2015); ACBSP Evaluator, October 2011-December 2015; Mentor (2013-
  • European Council for Business Education (ECBE), Board Member, 2012-2016

Professional Education

  • Doctorate is in Leadership Studies; Master’s in Organization Development and one in Higher Education
    Administration, all from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Bachelor’s degree is in
    Economics, from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA

Tina Merry

Lead Consultant
The Cultural Intelligence Center

Tina is the Lead Consultant, Trainer, and subject matter expert in the corporate sector for the Cultural Intelligence Center. With over two decades of leadership and team development experience, she has an extensive production track record in video games and software development. Extended periods in senior leadership roles while living as an expat in Romania, Sweden, and the UK provided unique cultural insights and experience in enhancing effectiveness as a global leader, facilitator, and coach.

Tina is passionate about sharing the significant benefits of applying the CQ framework to accelerate innovation, excellence, and productivity within organizations. She is also passionate about helping individuals and leaders build more inclusive and collaborative workplaces.

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CQ and Inclusive Leadership Webinar

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*Deloitte White Paper titled “The six signature traits of inclusive leadership.”

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About Cultural Intelligence Center

The Cultural Intelligence Center is dedicated to the worldwide assessment and development of cultural intelligence or CQ–a globally recognized way of measuring and improving intercultural effectiveness. It owns the only academically validated CQ assessment in the world and offers certification and training for using the assessment. More information about the Cultural Intelligence Center can be found on our website located at http://www.CulturalQ.com.