Introducing CQ® Leadership Academy

Thank you for visiting the Cultural Intelligence Center. In case you were not aware, Cultural Intelligence or CQ, measures your capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. If you are new to CQ, view our Cultural Intelligence Overview or watch the short introductory video from our President David Livermore.

The CQ® Leadership Academy is an exclusive 6-month virtual certification program that combines our gold standard research-based methodology, assessments, strategies, certification programs, and digital tools. The program allows leaders to expand their professional networks, learn from other executives, and gain insights from the CQ experts. Completion of the program will result in a customized CQ Organisational Roadmap which can be used to implement culturally intelligent strategies inside your institution or organisation. CQ® Leadership Academy is open to no more than 15 participants at a time.

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CQ Leadership Academy Program Summary

To Be Determined


£ 13,500 GPB

35+ Hours of Training​ and Professional Networking

Why CQ Leadership Academy?

CQ® Leadership Academy benefits include:

  • Shift your organisation’s mindset on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Create and sustain transformation across your organisation through CQ and Unconscious Bias certifications that provide tools and resources for scalable learning solutions.
  • Build a roadmap to move the needle on organisational problems and opportunities via interactive MasterMind Groups, design thinking strategy sessions, group coaching, and peer sharing.
  • Connect with exceptional individuals, organisations and subject matter experts representing a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, expertise, and geographies.

How to use CQ® Leadership Academy:

  • DEI Leaders – Build organisation-wide DEI efforts, lead change across  stakeholder groups, drive  champion engagement to create more inclusive, collaborative,  and culturally intelligent  organisations.
  • HR Leaders – Create tangible business solutions and value for their organisations.  Build a culturally intelligent culture and talent.
  • Talent Development Leaders – Upskill your workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed now and in the  future.  Scale learning experiences for employees.
  • Managers / Directors / VPs – Expand your network, build tangible solutions to your challenges and help shift your organisation’s mindset.

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What's Included In CQ® Leadership Academy

CQ Testimonials

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"Cultural intelligence has resulted in one of our most profitable leadership development initiatives. The program has helped IATA build bridges across different cultures and has played a direct role in the growth of our business in emerging markets." ​

Guido Gianasso, Vice President of Human Capital, IATA​

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“CQ is a critical capability for navigating today’s increasingly global and diverse business environment…the good news is it’s entirely learned. It’s so important that we made it one of our core behaviours at PwC.”

Robert Moritz, PwC in The Four Q’s of Career Success

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“We need leaders with CQ who can make connections with people who are not like them.”

Shuvo Saha, Director of Google’s Digital Academy

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“As more companies go global, we need a better understanding of how to function as leaders across cultural boundaries. The four-step process can help you develop your "CQ" and improve your cross-cultural leadership technique. Now more than ever, our shrinking world needs this work!"

Ken Blanchard, co author of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

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Meet Your Facilitators

CQ® Leadership was co-designed by Kristin Ekkens and David Livermore.

Kristin will serve as Master Facilitator for the program and will be supported by Dave, Tina Merry and the Research Team at Cultural Intelligence Center


Additional Information

Available Dates & Locations

Date Location Venue
March 9th – August 9th 2021 (exact dates TBD)

Schedule & Objectives

MARCH: MasterClass: CQ Certification

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)

APRIL: MasterMindBuilding a Culturally Intelligent Organisation

  • 4 hours Synchronous (TBD based on participant schedules) and 1-1 Consulting

MAY: MasterClass: Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)

JUNE: MasterMind: Framing and Scaling your CQ Strategy

  • 4 hours Synchronous (TBD based on participant schedules) and 1-1 Consulting

JULY: MasterClass: CQ Train-the-Trainer

  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021, | 11 am – 3 pm (Eastern Time)

AUGUST: MasterMindImplementing your CQ Roadmap

  • 4 hours Synchronous (TBD based on participant schedules) and 1-1 Consulting

Participant Materials

Materials you will receive include

  • 360 CQ Assessment
  • Access to MyUB™ and MyCV e-learning courses
  • Expand Your Borders, Leading with Cultural Intelligence, Driven by Difference, and a series of other readings.
  • Full set of materials for teaching CQ and Unconscious bias workshops (reproducible participant guides, facilitator manuals, slides, videos. Case studies, etc.)
  • “Now What? CQ Implementation Plan”
  • Case Studies with complete teaching notes

Requirements for CQ Leadership Certificate:

  • Participation in all 3 certifications (CQ, UB TTT, CQ TTT)
  • Completion of all course materials
  • Participation in MasterMind sessions
  • Presentation and submission of CQ Roadmap

 Upon completion, you will receive

  • Certificate of Completion that can be shared and added to your social media accounts
  • Digital Badge to validate your accomplishments. Showcase your digital badge on your email, resume, and social media accounts!

Fees & Cancellation Policy

Registration Fees: USD $13,500

Full payment is due upon registration or within 30 days of receiving an invoice and is non-refundable. CQ Center will not ship any course materials until registration is paid in full. We cannot guarantee receipt of course materials if registration is paid fewer than 30 days prior to the course start, but we will attempt to send them in time.

We reserve the right to cancel the program 30 days before the first session. Full refunds will be given if we do so.

Contact Us Today

Schedule a date and time to speak with Jennifer Benbow, Director of Public Programs and Partners, about the upcoming CQ® Leadership Academy certification program. Seats are limited to no more than 15 participants and will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis so we recommend reaching out to her today.​

​To get started, complete the form below and then on the next page you can self-schedule a date and time that is convenient for you to discuss CQ® Leadership Academy with Jennifer. We will send you a meeting invitation based on your preferred date and time.​  You can also reach us directly by emailing

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