Lawrence James Jr. joins Seven Stones Leadership Group as a thought leader in diversity, inclusion, & belonging (DIB), executive development and executive assessment. He is an expert in helping corporations develop cultures of belonging and inclusion—so that all employees thrive. In addition to his work in diversity and inclusion, he is highly sought-after for his ability to assess and grow senior executive and high potential talent. He has worked across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy/utilities, financial services, retail, and manufacturing. Through his coaching and development work, he has enabled numerous executives to move into more senior and even C-suite roles after working with him.
Showing a powerful mix of inquisitiveness, insight, and drive, he is an innovator. He developed a holistic, integrated, and systemic model for growing diverse talent which was detailed in his seminal white paper “Journey to the Top: Developing African American Executives.” With his forward thinking and innovative whole organization approach to talent development, he has been an invited keynote speaker at a variety of conferences, symposia, and corporate roundtables discussing his holistic approach to talent development. He was co-editor of a special issue in the Consulting Psychology Journal entitled “ The State of Black Leadership: What Can be Done to Create Sustainable Change,” which was published in March, 2023.
After 12 years as a partner with RHR International, a premier boutique leadership development consultancy, Lawrence started his own consultancy in 2021 focusing on the systemic development of senior and high potential talent from assessment to coaching, inclusive leadership training and development, diversity strategy and advisory services, and organizational transformation.
Prior to joining RHR International, Lawrence was president of LJA LifeLessons, a psychological services corporation, for over 10 years. He provided a variety of mental health services including psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. In addition, he served as a consultant with a variety of non-profits designing programs to extend their service reach as well as supplying staff consultation and development.
Lawrence received his BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.Ed. in counseling psychology at Howard University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Illinois and is a member of several professional organizations.
For this learning path, you will participate in the 4 virtual learning sessions and be enrolled in one of three Racial Affinity Groups:
1) People who identify as People of Color (Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic)
2) People who identify as Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial
3) People who identify as White
*More specific affinity groups may be formed upon the completion of course registration
We believe that it is important to do our own work with people with similar racial experiences to build capacity for cross-race dialogue that supports authentic relationships and deep belonging for everyone. We will ask you to self-select into the group that best aligns with your racial identity. We recognize that for some this is not a simple choice and we are available to have a conversation with you to support your selection.
Together we will:
Where: Online Zoom Sessions
Time: 11am-12:30pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*
When: 5-Sessions scheduled between Sept 28, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024 (see below)
*All sessions will run from 11am-12:30pm ET.
|Racial Affinity Group Schedule|
|Thurs, September 28, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET||Kick-off/ Authentic Communication|
|Thurs, November 2, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET||Unpacking Our Racial Autobiographies|
|Friday, November 17, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET||Self-Compassion|
|Thurs, December 7, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET||What is Sustainable Abundance?|
|Thurs, January 25, 2024 — 11am-12:30pm ET||Inclusive Leadership|
Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.
These four learning sessions will provide you with a new view and innovative framing of the problem as we see it. Below is a brief description of what will take place in each session:
Where: Online Zoom Learning Sessions
Time: 11am-1pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*
When: 4-sessions scheduled between Sept 21, 2023 – Jan 18, 2024 (see details below)
*All sessions will run from 11am-1pm ET.
|Learning Session Schedule|
|Thurs, September 21, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET||Why Context Matters|
|Thurs, October 26, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET||Unpacking Trauma|
|Thurs, November 16, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET||Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson|
|Thurs, January 18, 2024 — 11 - 1pm ET||Understanding Power|
Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your modular program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.