Diversity Learning Series  -- LEAD A SERIES IN YOUR REGION


The GilDeane Group, Inc., as owner of the Diversity Learning Series ™ name and model, is offering licenses to individuals or organizations allowing them to develop a Diversity Learning Series in their metropolitan area.

The License Agreement includes the following:

  • The Agreement is a written document outlining the terms and conditions of the License.
  • A License identifies a specific metropolitan area, usually a 100-mile radius of a major city.
  • The License Agreement covers a period of 3 years during which the Licensee's Series is up and running. At the end of the 3-year period, Licensee becomes sole owner of their Series, and all related materials and trademarks.
  • The Agreement requires producing at least 3 years of a Series by an agreed upon date.
  • The Agreement involves paying license fees to The GilDeane Group over the 3-year period.
  • Licensee must use the Diversity Learning Series ™ name, but can tailor the Series name to their metropolitan area (for example, Diversity Learning Series – Bay Area).
  • Licensee has access to a confidential Licensee Website where all the tools and resources for launching and maintaining a successful Series are available electronically.
  • The Licensee receives a website template, the DLS logo, letterhead, and business card tailored to their DLS name.
  • The Licensee has access to coaching and assistance from Barbara Deane during their Series start up phase and delivery phases during the 3-year License period. Barbara successfully launched, organized and managed the NW Diversity Learning Series ™ in the Greater Seattle, Washington metropolitan area for 10 years. 

Please contact us if you are interested in exploring a Diversity Learning Series ™ licensing opportunity.


The Diversity Learning Series – Bay Area is currently forming in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find out how your company can sponsor and participate.


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"The NW Diversity Learning Series has played an important part in our diversity and inclusion strategy of engaging business leaders in the effort. It?s created and expanded their awareness of both the issues and business impacts of diversity and inclusion; connected them to diversity and inclusion thought leaders; and provided them the opportunity to network with other organizations? leaders and HR professionals who share the same diversity and inclusion challenges. The result is a diversity and inclusion initiative that is more widely championed by the business leaders and therefore more likely to reach and influence a broader group of people(employees, customers, business partners)."

—Michelle Clements
Sr. VP of Human Resources
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

"The Northwest Diversity Learning Series is a model of inclusion and collaboration. Nowhere in the country do major corporations come together to plan joint diversity education and learning as we do in the northwest. The Series is a "best practice" that should be duplicatedin other parts of the country.

Building inclusive leaders is a growing imperative as companies, governments, NGOs and communities seek progressive ways to collaborate and solve societal problems at the local, national and international levels. I am convinced that efforts to solve these issues will require the type of inclusive mindset that the Learning Series helps to create and sustain.

Barbara Deane has been a champion and leader in these efforts for years, and I laud her desire to expand the series to other communitiesaround the country."

—Effenus Henderson
Chief Diversity Officer
Weyerhaeuser Company

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