Early Career Leaders Community of Practice: Leading from the Middle: Creating a Culture of Belonging

The Early Career Leaders Community of Practice is a network of new and early career leaders from all three campuses and Michigan Medicine. The community of practice aims to provide professional development, networking opportunities and best practices with three to four events per year and networking/information sharing in the Early Career Leaders channel on Slack.

Leading from the Middle: Creating a Culture of Belonging

Successful leaders can accelerate culture evolution by influencing from the middle. This workshop is designed to help leaders build inclusive leadership skills, enhance courageous engagement and create a work environment where all employees feel like they belong and can flourish.

You will learn to:

  • Determine how to transform inclusion to belonging

  • Identify how you can create an environment of psychological safety and workforce wellbeing

You will benefit by:

  • Understanding how to model upstander skills and horizontal engagement

  • Obtaining skills to create a work environment where everyone feels like they belong


Any U-M faculty or staff who would like to learn how to create and foster a culture of belonging 


Steven Vinson and LaTonya Berryhill 

About the Presenters:

Steven Vinson 

Steve has been leading the University of Michigan Medical Group (UMMG) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee since March of 2017. Due to his efforts leading DEI initiatives, Steve was the recipient of the Office for Health, Equity and Inclusion’s (OHEI) inaugural DEI Advocate Award in April of 2018. Initially, Steve co-wrote the UMMG Committee’s mini-grant proposal for their DEI Driver Program, receiving an award for 2019. As a member of the organization’s Facilitator Engagement Program, Steve facilitates diversity, equity and inclusion workshops across campus. Steve has consulted with Organizational Learning, OHEI and other campus partners on various culture change initiatives.

Steve is an advisor for the University of Michigan Voices of the Staff – Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team, receiving the Voices Champion Award in 2019. He led the Voices-ADEI team projects for the university’s Diversity Summit in 2018 and 2019. In 2021, Steve represented University of Michigan staff on the Workplace Innovation Staff Experience Committee and was named interim co-chair of Michigan Medicine’s Anti-Racism Oversight Committee. Other organizational committee and council involvement includes: Advancing Inclusive Leadership, Patient Bias, Asset Health DEI Program, Health Equity Consult Service-Advisory and Leadership Academy Design Council.  

LaTonya Berryhill, MBA 

LaTonya is the interim managing director for the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) and leads their diversity, equity and inclusion program. LaTonya has a background in human resources, strategic planning, business operations, project management and facilitation. In her role as an implementation lead, she works to support the DEI strategy plans and goals of MICHR. She oversees engagement, training and development, and DEI activities at MICHR. LaTonya is a trained facilitator in unconscious bias, navigating bias, hiring and selection best practices, navigating multi-generations in the workplace, bystander, and constructive dialogue. In 2018, LaTonya was the recipient of the 10th Annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.

She is also the creator of the DEI "Becoming" series. The series is centered on personal storytelling, self-reflection and honest vulnerability in the DEI space and provides an opportunity to learn more about colleagues and the impact that DEI has on their lives. LaTonya co-leads the Michigan Medicine DEI Black Voices Resource Group and is a member of the Michigan Medicine Anti-Racism Oversight Committee.

LaTonya has been a part of the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion’s (OHEI) DEI team for the past year where she has supported community conversations, DEI leads and training activities. 

Topic Area

  • Conferences and Special Events
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leading People and Teams

Domain and Expectation

  • Mission
    • Lead innovation and change
  • People
    • Collaborate and build inclusive relationships
  • Self
    • Act with courage and confidence
    • Communicate
  • Execution
    • Build positive culture


  • Member of a Team
  • Leading a Team


  • Level 1: Awareness


Code: OL23ECLCOP02

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Tue 10/25/22 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Location: Online Webinar