Barbara Deane truly embodies the essence of a Vanguard in being at the forefront of developing ideas, inspiring others and having an innate ability to drive and make things happen. Her work as a Diversity & Inclusion professional over several decades reflects her internal commitment to making the world a better place through education, information, bringing people together and action for positive change. She is co-founder and vice-president of The GilDeane Group, a Hispanic and woman-owned firm based in Seattle that provides consulting and training services on diversity, inclusion and intercultural effectiveness. She founded Diversity Central which is an on-line resource. She is co-founder of the NorthWest Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative venture on the part of progressive companies and organizations to build a diversity education resource in the Greater Seattle Area. Barbara has made her mark globally as a thought leader. In addition to her already full-time workload, Barbara is a member of the board and coordinator of The Diversity Collegium, a think tank of internal and external diversity professionals. She is an active Expert Panelist for the GDIB. She is engaged as a Board member with Mexican folkloric dance group. And she is always there to support many in the field. Her energy–a bit like the infamous “energizer bunny” — seems boundless. It is because she knows what is important and what needs to be done to build a better today and tomorrow. It is with great pleasure that we present Barbara with The Centre for Global Inclusion’s Vanguard Award. Barbara, thank you for all you do–know that you and your work are valued and respected by those around you. Note: Expert Panelist Michael Wheeler helped write the award. Effenus Henderson, HenderWorks, Inc. and Joey McGuinness, Marketing and Outreach Manager for ISDI (Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion), members of the Seattle Launch Planning team (pictured above with Barb), helped keep it a secret.