Leveling the playing field

The LIFT Scholarship stands for Leaders for Inclusion, Fairness and Transparency and is a scholarship that allows access to the Small Giants Leadership Academy to BIPOC business leaders in underserved communities.

Leveling the playing field

The LIFT Scholarship stands for Leaders for Inclusion, Fairness and Transparency and is a scholarship that allows access to the Small Giants Leadership Academy to BIPOC business leaders in underserved communities.

Over the past few years, we’ve devoted our time, minds and hearts — individually and as a team — to deepening our understanding of and commitment to social justice and racial equality. Most importantly, we’ve been putting the wheels in motion to act: we are committed to making a real, lasting impact on the business world and we’re excited to continue those efforts through the LIFT Scholarship, and by bringing the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion to our content and curriculum.

Want to learn more about our plan to build a more inclusive business world?

Read a letter from our co-founder, Paul Spiegelman here.

Over the past few years, we’ve devoted our time, minds and hearts — individually and as a team — to deepening our understanding of and commitment to social justice and racial equality. Most importantly, we’ve been putting the wheels in motion to act: we are committed to making a real, lasting impact on the business world and we’re excited to continue those efforts through the LIFT Scholarship, and by bringing the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion to our content and curriculum.

Want to learn more about our plan to build a more inclusive business world?

Read a letter from our co-founder, Paul Spiegelman here.

We're committed to supporting leaders in underserved communities.

Through LIFT, you’ll join a cohort of bright, inspiring purpose-driven business leaders from around the country for a year of leadership and organizational development and relationship building. We’re launching LIFT in our hometown of Detroit, Michigan (more cities to come soon!). LIFT Scholars will be enrolled in the Small Giants Leadership Academy Class of 2022 which launches in October 2021.

Are you a talented, purpose-driven BIPOC leader based in the Detroit-metro area? Are you in business to leave a legacy for those who come after you and to help build up your community? Are you looking for valuable new tools to navigate business relationships and become a more purpose-driven leader? Apply for the LIFT Scholarship now — we can’t wait to meet you!

We're committed to supporting leaders in underserved communities.

Through LIFT, you’ll join a cohort of bright, inspiring purpose-driven business leaders from around the country for a year of leadership and organizational development and relationship building. We’re launching LIFT in our hometown of Detroit, Michigan (more cities to come soon!). LIFT Scholars will be enrolled in the Small Giants Leadership Academy Class of 2022 which launches in October 2021.

Are you a talented, purpose-driven BIPOC leader based in the Detroit-metro area? Are you in business to leave a legacy for those who come after you and to help build up your community? Are you looking for valuable new tools to navigate business relationships and become a more purpose-driven leader? Apply for the LIFT Scholarship now — we can’t wait to meet you!

The Small Giants Leadership Academy + LIFT curriculum:

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The key to success in business and life is a lot simpler than you think: it’s all about relationships. Building and managing relationships is a critical leadership skill that will benefit you in all aspects of life. In this module, you’ll discover how to evaluate your own self-awareness and how to navigate important relationships with coworkers, customers and other stakeholders. We’ll delve into the practical tools needed to create safe space for genuine, tough and impactful conversations. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Influencing and inspiring others
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Psychological safety

In the old days, a command-and-control approach to leadership meant telling people what to do and not bothering to share why we’re asking them to do it. In fact, many leaders still operate this way today. But as purpose-driven leaders, we’ve come to realize that being vulnerable and transparent about where we are — including the details of our finances — creates a level of trust and collaboration we’ve never seen. Command and control is out of style: Small Giants leaders are open, honest, and unafraid to ask for help. And vulnerability pays off: when we’re transparent, we also unleash the ideas and innovation in the minds and hearts of those that we work with. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Cultivating transparency in your organization
  • Financial literacy 
  • Open-book management

A great culture: everyone wants it, many claim to have it, few have truly mastered it. Building a vibrant internal culture is the foundation of a Small Giants company, and that culture starts with leadership. In this module, we’ll explore the importance of purpose, vision, and values and see where your company rates on the continuum. We’ll use storytelling to discover how culture impacts the hiring process, operations, and the ability to grow. As a leader, your most important role is ensuring your team’s fulfillment and happiness at work, and we’ll share practical tools for how to show your co-workers you care about them in the totality of their lives. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Purpose, vision, and values 
  • Hiring and onboarding
  • Mental health

Building a Small Giants company is not about a stocked beer fridge or bringing your dog to work. While Small Giants are committed to building a fun, intimate, and family-like culture, we are equally committed to measuring what matters and holding people accountable for performance. That starts with you. We’ll talk about specific methods of measurement and feedback systems that result in a culture of kept promises. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Building a culture of performance
  • Individual, departmental, and company wide goals
  • Performance reviews

Is equity and inclusion an afterthought for your organization? You’re not alone – many companies have grown organically without a proactive strategy around diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace. It’s a conversation that is hard to start, but not only are we going to start it, we’re going to show you how to develop an internal strategy that goes beyond the numbers. Together, we’ll learn ways to make it safe to not just talk about DE&I, but to have meaningful conversations that will allow your entire team to share how these issues have impacted them. You’ll learn to use compassion to create an environment where everyone feels equally valued. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Building an inclusive culture
  • Compassionate and open conversations

As we wrap up our year in the Leadership Academy, we won’t be handing out report cards or letter grades — the ultimate measure of success is if we gave you the tools to influence decision-making so that these practices can become part of the way your company operates over time. During this reflective end to the program, we’ll review best practices and lessons learned, engage in a final leadership development exercise, and send you on your way with the lifelong friendships you’ve developed with fellow participants. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Sharing lessons learned and top takeaways
  • Next steps to implement at your organization
  • Ways to stay engaged with the Small Giants Community

The Small Giants Leadership Academy + LIFT curriculum:

Zoom Block Wide

The key to success in business and life is a lot simpler than you think: it’s all about relationships. Building and managing relationships is a critical leadership skill that will benefit you in all aspects of life. In this module, you’ll discover how to evaluate your own self-awareness and how to navigate important relationships with coworkers, customers and other stakeholders. We’ll delve into the practical tools needed to create safe space for genuine, tough and impactful conversations. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Influencing and inspiring others
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Psychological safety

In the old days, a command-and-control approach to leadership meant telling people what to do and not bothering to share why we’re asking them to do it. In fact, many leaders still operate this way today. But as purpose-driven leaders, we’ve come to realize that being vulnerable and transparent about where we are — including the details of our finances — creates a level of trust and collaboration we’ve never seen. Command and control is out of style: Small Giants leaders are open, honest, and unafraid to ask for help. And vulnerability pays off: when we’re transparent, we also unleash the ideas and innovation in the minds and hearts of those that we work with. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Cultivating transparency in your organization
  • Financial literacy 
  • Open-book management

A great culture: everyone wants it, many claim to have it, few have truly mastered it. Building a vibrant internal culture is the foundation of a Small Giants company, and that culture starts with leadership. In this module, we’ll explore the importance of purpose, vision, and values and see where your company rates on the continuum. We’ll use storytelling to discover how culture impacts the hiring process, operations, and the ability to grow. As a leader, your most important role is ensuring your team’s fulfillment and happiness at work, and we’ll share practical tools for how to show your co-workers you care about them in the totality of their lives. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Purpose, vision, and values 
  • Hiring and onboarding
  • Mental health

Building a Small Giants company is not about a stocked beer fridge or bringing your dog to work. While Small Giants are committed to building a fun, intimate, and family-like culture, we are equally committed to measuring what matters and holding people accountable for performance. That starts with you. We’ll talk about specific methods of measurement and feedback systems that result in a culture of kept promises. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Building a culture of performance
  • Individual, departmental, and company wide goals
  • Performance reviews

Is equity and inclusion an afterthought for your organization? You’re not alone – many companies have grown organically without a proactive strategy around diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace. It’s a conversation that is hard to start, but not only are we going to start it, we’re going to show you how to develop an internal strategy that goes beyond the numbers. Together, we’ll learn ways to make it safe to not just talk about DE&I, but to have meaningful conversations that will allow your entire team to share how these issues have impacted them. You’ll learn to use compassion to create an environment where everyone feels equally valued. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Building an inclusive culture
  • Compassionate and open conversations

As we wrap up our year in the Leadership Academy, we won’t be handing out report cards or letter grades — the ultimate measure of success is if we gave you the tools to influence decision-making so that these practices can become part of the way your company operates over time. During this reflective end to the program, we’ll review best practices and lessons learned, engage in a final leadership development exercise, and send you on your way with the lifelong friendships you’ve developed with fellow participants. In this module, we’ll cover:

  • Sharing lessons learned and top takeaways
  • Next steps to implement at your organization
  • Ways to stay engaged with the Small Giants Community

How do I enroll?

Fill in the blanks

After you complete the form, a member of the Small Giants Community team will reach out to you via email to schedule a time to connect over Zoom.

Smile for the camera

We’ll schedule a casual Zoom interview where we’ll get to know you and your business, learn about your role and how you hope to grow, and share more details about the scholarship.

A quick application

Complete an application and personal statement (written or even a quick video). We'll notify you once participants have been selected!

Let’s Partner Up

Psst! Do you know of non-profits or community organizations that could be potential referral sources for the LIFT Scholarship?

Think you have a great candidate you’d like to recommend for LIFT?

Want to partner with us to do more good?

Drop us a note and let’s schedule a call to learn more!

Some of our current partners:

Still have some questions?

Below are commonly asked questions about the LIFT Scholarship. Want to dive deeper? Sign up for a coffee chat with one of our team members!

Yes. LIFT is not a separate program, but rather a scholarship that goes towards tuition into the Small Giants Leadership Academy.

For our current cohort of LIFT recipients, we are only accepting applicants who are based in the greater Detroit Metro area. However, if you are interested but live elsewhere, please keep an eye out for future cohorts as we hope to expand to other parts of the country soon.

No, the Leadership Academy itself is not region-specific, and includes leaders from all over. However, we are only accepting applicants for the LIFT Scholarship in the Detroit area for this current cohort so that we can focus our impact on one city at a time.

Yes! We have loads of free content, blogs, podcasts and workshops that will enhance your leadership journey.  We also host an annual Summit in Detroit, a live gathering of like-hearted leaders who enjoy learning, growing and breaking bread together.