Good ideas may come and go. Great ideas may take some time to brew but they materialize with significance. A concept in the making for several years, the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program launched in 2015 and graduated its inaugural class of 23 Certified Diversity Professionals (CDPs). We are pleased with the accomplishment of these graduates and the contributions they – and successive generations of CDPs – will make to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

At the National Diversity Council, we have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that our graduates receive the finest, timeliest, and most relevant knowledge available in the evolving Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) field. Our mission is to prepare you to create and implement highly successful D&I strategies for organizational excellence that give you and your organization a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.

However, that is only part of our mission. You will also expand your horizon with the knowledge you acquire, the new colleagues you meet, and the experience you gain. Our hope is that our program will put you at the forefront of this exciting and rewarding profession.

We invite you to explore how the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program could open new opportunities and propel your career to new heights.


Angeles Valenciano
Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Kennedy
Founder and Chairman

Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
VP-Strategy & Research