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 2021 on assessing and developing leaders and organizations to better acquire, retain, and develop diverse talent.


  • 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.

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Outcome measure: at least two-thirds of our work in 2021-2022. Our process will be focused on external: client work and offerings for the market that align with the above commitment, including program design, tools, methods for development, assessment and governance designed, tested and refined. We will also internally concentrate on weekly check-ins, ongoing adjustments, and adaptations.

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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.