Ascent Leadership Networks
Ascent is a leadership development organization using assessments, custom programs, and executive fellowships to develop leaders and organizations in ways that matter.  Whether you are a leader in an organization, looking for personal feedback and development, or looking for ways to better understand the talent in your organization and how to assess and help them grow, Ascent is here to help. For more about Ascent, see our website: For more about Ascent's world class leadership capability assessments, see here.


To fuel meaningful, impactful leadership development for individuals and organizations to make a difference in business.

Steve Kelner

President, Ascent Leadership Networks

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We believe it is vital to state clearly to the world the set of our beliefs about Inclusive Capitalism. As such, we start with our Statement of Guiding Principles for Inclusive Capitalism. Knowing that words alone are not enough, each of us is making a series of commitments about how we will operate our institutions so that they help achieve Inclusive Capitalism. These commitments are forward-looking statements based on current goals, expectations and assumptions, which are not guarantees of future performance. For more information, please refer to our Terms of Use

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Ascent will promote diversity in the workplace by focusing at least two-thirds of our work in 2022 on supporting leaders and organizations to better identify, develop and retain diverse talent.

Activities & Initiatives

    • Ascent will focus at least two-thirds of our work on assessing and developing leaders’ capacity in ways that matter most. This includes: inclusive leadership (effective, impactful ways to engage, empower and develop employees); strategic thinking (planning for, navigating a changing world); listening and learning from those impacted by bias and inequity.
    • We will support organizations in developing structures, processes, systems and leaders to better identify, retain and develop diverse talent.
    • We commit to having our internal approaches match our external, client facing work. Engage in continual learning and improvement of how we work, aligning individual styles, needs and preferences to respect each individual, as well as for the good of the organization.
    1. To better enable leaders and organizations to identify and develop diverse talent, Ascent will support them in developing and implementing structures, processes and systems to engage and empower their people. These include:
    • unbiased, equitable methods for evaluating and developing an increasingly diverse workforce (including emerging leaders)
    • building capacity to navigate a changing world
    • listening and learning from those impacted by bias and inequity
    2. To enable our organization to remain nimble, creative and energized, we will dedicate time to grow individual skills, share ideas and learning. We will also take an equity lens to our own work, aligning individual needs and preferences to enable each of us to contribute fully and joyfully.

Measures & Targets

We will measure our success by tracking the percentage of our work that is dedicated to supporting organizations developing strategic, comprehensive approaches to an engaged, diverse workforce. Using weekly documentation and quarterly assessments, we will be able to refine our approach and build on lessons learned. In addition, we will continue to collect client feedback at the end of each project, and invite our clients to offer insights, or to share their progress in growing a strong, diverse workforce and leadership. 


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Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.