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Registration Open for TWO 2018 White Privilege Conferences

Exciting News from an Alliance



Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D., a GDIB Expert Panelist, is the founder of this well-known, well-attended (usually several thousand participants), and highly-respected conference. The conference in the USA has been happening annually for 19 years. The location changes each year. The Privilege Institute and The Centre for Global Inclusion have an Alliance for mutual support.


We hope you will consider getting involved perhaps as a presenter and/or attendee. The conference process to select presenters is to first have them attend the conference and then submit an idea for presenting.


to learn about WPC’s Journal of the White Privilege Conference: Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.


Specifics on the conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI
April 4 to 7, 2018
Super People & Super Powers:
Prepare to be The Future of Social Justice Work

#WPCGlobal – Canada (Toronto)
Ryerson University
May 9 to 12, 2018
Are Canadians Too Polite?
Exploring Global Perspectives on White Privilege and Oppression in Canada (& Beyond)

Registration Open for 2018 Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Exciting News from an Alliance


The Centre has an Alliance with the Forum and as part of that we are helping to spread the word about this conference

  • • 30th Anniversary Celebration (special dinner event)
  • • Earvin “Magic” Johnson is keynote speaker
  • • Estimated 1,500 total attendees
  • • Many GDIB Expert Panelists and Users are presenters

  • • GDIB & The Centre will have an exhibit — we seek sponsors
  • • New Conference Feature – A special Global Day orchestrated by two GDIB Expert Panelists
  • • We will introduce the French and Spanish GDIB Editions

Why Attend?

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is a great conference for all those in this diverse field of D&I work. No matter what approach you use (Competence, Compliance, Dignity, Organization Development, or Social Justice) or what sector/industry you are from or whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional – there is something for you. We feel so strongly about this conference that we have formed an Alliance.


We suggest early registration

ACT QUICKLY. The Early Bird rate (ends February 9) will end before you know it; and the main hotel (the Hyatt) will sell out; and the special celebration dinner (on April 11) has a limited number of tickets [the venue limits attendance at this celebration dinner] so that only about half of the anticipated conference attendees will be able to attend. Also note that there is an additional fee for the dinner for all participants including presenters. So, ACT QUICKLY.


There is a lot of information on the site – plan to spend a lot of time exploring it before you make a decision. There are also several pricing options.


GDIB Expert Panelists and Users Presenting

Explore the Forum site to see lists and bios of all presenters as well as session descriptions.
Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz
Jennifer Brown
Joel A. Brown
Cris Carvaho
Deborah Dagit
Dr. Shirley Davis
Dr. Bernardo M. Ferdman
Tatyana Fertelmeyster
R. Fenimore Fisher
Cathy Gallagher-Louisy
Veronika Houcke
Hans Jablonski
Judith A. Katz
Lisa Kepinski
Dr. Niru Kumar
Simma Lieberman
Dr. Cynthia H. Love
Nene Molefi
Shireen Naqvi
Julie O’Mara
Farrah Qureshi
Margaret Regan
Dr. Alan Richter
Howard Ross
Riikka Salonen
Duncan Smith
Charlotte Sweeney
Lorie Valle-Yanez
Lynda White
Dr. Joy Wiggins
Mary-Frances Winters
Nadia Younes

The Centre, GDIB Exhibit

Stop by our exhibit booth to meet many of our Expert Panelists, users and staff. See the new French and Spanish editions; learn what we have planned and offer your suggestions on what is needed.

New Conference Feature–Global Inclusion Forum (GIF)–Limited Attendance

Immigration, Migration and Integration: It’s OUR Issue

Two GDIB Expert Panelists and Centre Board members, Nene Molefi and Lynda White, are working with the Conference organizers on this new offering, which will be on April 10th from 8:30 to 5:30pm. It is designed for those who live or work outside of the United States.

This is a special event within the larger conference and you’ll need an invitation for it. Contact Heidi Batz Rogers at to learn more.

Will You Attend?

Please let us know if you are attending the conference. We’re not only curious, but hope we can connect there.

Pakistan GDIB Training, Replicated in Any Organization

Many organizations (including Carnelian, Bonanza Industries, Engro, Pepsico, Mentor Graphics, Mindworks, ACE Consulting, USAID, Insolito Associates and several consultants) in Pakistan are using the GDIB as a result of the efforts of Zahid Mubarik, SHRM-SCP, SPHRI, GPHR, CEO of HR Metrics, and President of SHRM Forum Pakistan. Zahid is a member of The Centre’s Board of Directors.


One of the programs his organization offers through Diversity Hub for DI Champions is a 7-week, one-hour each week webinar program where two of the 14 categories are explained and examples given of how to achieve those category benchmarks at levels 3 – Proactive, 4 –Progressive, and 5 – Best Practices. The format is 15 minutes on each of two GDIB categories to describe the benchmarks, stating a few examples to achieve them. This is provided by one of the GDIB authors, Julie O’Mara or Alan Richter, or one of these Expert Panelists: Lorelei Carobolante; Lobna “Luby” Ismail, and Charlotte Sweeney. That is followed by a 20-minute example provided by a local or national D&I practitioner, including Bettina A. Deynes, Interim Chief of HR, Diversity, and Strategy Officer, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), USA; Lene-Gaathaug, Chief People Officer, Telenor, Pakistan; Christina Danforth, CEO Jetpacker, USA; Naila Kassim, Head HR, House of Habib, Pakistan, Ghazala Shoaib, HR, Mentor Graphics, Pakistan; Aurangzeb Soharwardi, USAID, Pakiston; and Amra Mubashir, Lead Culture, Engagement and Diversity, Asia Pacific Region, Pepsico, Pakistan. The hour concludes with 10 minutes (although sometimes the time is extended) of Q&A. The webinar series, which is from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Pakistan, started on January 10 and concludes on February 21.


For more information on other GDIB programs in Pakistan and other things HR Metrics is sponsoring, go to

DXC Technology Australia Leads the Way

Category 4: Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Advancement   |   Level 5 – Best Practice

Benchmark 4.1: The organization’s talent development processes have resulted in equitable and accessible recruitment, retention and advancement and a pervasive feeling of inclusion.

The Dandelion Program is an initiative to build valuable Information Technology, life, and executive functioning skills to help establish careers for people on the autism spectrum. Begun at DXC Technology Australia as a pilot, the Dandelion Program concentrates on identifying and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum with the potential to excel in testing, data science, and cyber security roles.

Unemployment rates for people with autism can exceed 85%. ASD or autism spectrum disorder affects about 1 in 68 people, more commonly in males than females and impacts an individual’s ability to interact socially. However, people with ASD have gifts which can be leveraged, such as truthfulness and great attention to details, and at least half of people with ASD have average or higher cognitive abilities.

The Dandelion employment program is a three-year program focused on building careers and the skills of people on the autism spectrum; similar to a graduate program. The program is broken into three stages / years:

1.       Job Awareness: The staff member is trained in the environment and job processes and commences work activities. Technical and social development is tracked and staff integration into the workforce commences.

2.       Self-Advocacy and determination: Involves the individual improving their work profile and taking note of their key strengths and support that may be required; introduced to networking opportunities and focus on certifications.

3.       Transition to roles they aspire to: The individual is set up for transition at the end of the program and to provide all opportunities for employment.

There is substantial training throughout the program, covering their technical role; executive functioning skills, e.g. organizational skills, memory management; adaptive / life skills, e.g. financial management, nutrition, etc., and autism awareness and management training focused on co-workers, team leaders and managers (the existing work force).

There have been many unexpected outcomes and benefits from the program.

The unique skill-sets that team members bring to the workforce such as attention to detail, innovative thinking and the ability to do repetitive tasks accurately, significantly impacts the identification of defects and issues that no one else has identified, and which can and do have major financial implications.

  • Hiring costs are reduced, through employee loyalty.  The Dandelion program has a 96% retention rate.
  • Productivity is between 30% – 48% higher than neuro-typicals on the same tasks.
  • Estimated impact to the GDP in Australia.  If we provide 101 autistic people are provided with 20-year careers, it will add $465 million to the GDP.

The program has increased team morale of the staff around the Dandelion team members, and managers and team leaders have become better managers and leaders.  Finally, the program has had a positive impact on the families of the people on the autism spectrum, providing a strong sense of relief that there is opportunity and a career-based future for their family member.

Many organizations are now involved in this open source initiative, which can be shared with and used by others.  Alan Richter, GDIB co-author and Centre for Global Inclusion Board member learned about the Dandelion Program from Susanne Bruyère, ILR School, Cornell University, Ithaca NY (go here  DXC Technology is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company with 155,00 employees in more than 70 companies.

EP Charlotte Sweeney, Chases “Management Gold”

The Global Diversity List, supported by the Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom, announced the 2017 Top Ten Diversity Consultants and heading up the list is GDIB Expert Panelist and The Centre for Global Inclusion Board member, Charlotte Sweeney, OBE, of Charlotte Sweeney Associates. With this category, The Global Diversity List recognizes the work of individuals “making an impact in diversity through their work as management consultants.”

After celebrating five years in business in November, Charlotte Sweeney Associates considers the accolade to be “a fitting finale to a productive 2017 and Charlotte is proud to be listed alongside esteemed D&I industry experts.” Since its launch in 2012, Charlotte Sweeney Associates has impacted numerous businesses and organisations, both in the UK and across the world; hosted more than 60 events, forums and seminars; published nearly 20 reports; and wrote a bestselling D&I book.

The book, Inclusive Leadership: The definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy, co-authored by Charlotte and Fleur Borthwick, OBE, will go up against 24 other books to win Chartered Management Institute (CMI)’s Management Book of the Year Award. In total, all 25 books “represent true ‘Management Gold’ – books which make a very strong contribution to the field and which are certainly worth the time of a busy manager.” You can support Charlotte and the Inclusive Leadership book in the race for “Management Gold” by sharing your feedback on Twitter, LinkedIn and by emailing

Follow both Charlotte and Fleur on LinkedIn to share your feedback and find more information about Inclusive Leadership at:

Editorial: Must Read – Thank You for Being Late

by Julie O’Mara,
Co-Author, Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks
Founding Board Member & Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion

Recommending this book:
By Thomas L. Friedman


Although not catalogued as a diversity and inclusion book, Thank You For Being Late is a must read for all D&I practitioners and all leaders. Friedman talks about inclusion throughout the book with many quotable comments. He follows the Head•Heart•Hand model that so many of us use in D&I work in that he speaks from the heart (his personal stories growing up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota including his experience as “the other” are folksy, relatable, and compassionate), articulates and advocates for D&I in a way that others can grasp and follow, and offers a path forward. Among the things he says are: ”I would go a step further and say that the ROI – Return on Investment—on pluralism in the age of accelerations will soar and become maybe the single most important competitive advantage for a society – for both economic and political reasons” … and … “At the national and local levels, we need a leadership that can promote inclusion and adaptation – we need a leadership that starts every day asking, ‘What world am I living in? And how do I engage…’” While some critics say that Friedman is verbose — using too many words to explain something – others appreciate his explanations. Be the judge for yourself, but I found many quotable statements that I will add to the way I explain D&I to others. The book is readily available around the world.
Julie O’Mara

Unconscious Bias courses including Train the Trainer

Unconscious Bias courses including Train the Trainer
Offered by Cook Ross
Silver Spring, Maryland • USA


Approximately once a month Cook Ross offers public courses to provide a robust understanding on the topics that importantly impact our society today. By taking a deep dive into conversations of Unconscious Bias, Women and Race, and the Mind of a Leader, participants return to their institutions with new perspectives that can serve in moving their work forward. Participants in Cook Ross courses take their learning back with them to lead change efforts from inside their organizations. Learn more:
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Learning from the GDIB: Definitions

These definitions are from The GDIB, page 1.  To download the entire free GDIB, go here.  It is a free download, but to use it in your organization, you must sign a permission agreement.
Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people, including but not limited to: gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socio-economic difference, appearance, language and accent, disability, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role and function, thinking style, and personality type.


Inclusion of various diversity dimensions may vary by geography or institution.


Inclusion is a dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a fair, healthy, and high-performing institution or community. An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued, for who they are and for their contributions toward institutional and societal goals.


Global simply means that the GDIB is designed to apply to organizations anywhere in the world. These Benchmarks are not limited to multinational organizations or those organizations that work internationally. The Benchmarks are not specific to a country or culture.

Farrah Qureshi Wins 2017 EiD Lifetime Achiever Award

The Excellence in Diversity Awards (EiDA) is an annual awards ceremony that celebrates the work of inclusive employers and diversity champions. “The awards cover excellence in all areas of diversity including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion, as well as highlighting diverse employers and employees across a wide variety of sectors including housing, public, private, charity and education.”

Among 2017’s honorees was GDIB Expert Panelist, Farrah Qureshi. Farrah took home the LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD which “honours an individual who has devoted a major portion of their professional life to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, making significant, innovative, and cumulatively outstanding contributions to the cause.” When given the opportunity to comment on such an achievemnt, Farrah stated that “it was a very special moment” and found it to be “ironic because I think I have a lot of life to live yet but [it is] such a morale booster and spondered and judged by Bloomberg so even more reason to celebrate.” The 2017 awards ceremony was hosted by the UK’s own, June Sarpong MBE and “judged by leading and proactive figures throughout the equality sector across the UK.”

New Book on Belonging

GDIB Expert Panelist Howard Ross, is a lifelong social justice advocate, and the Founding Partner of Cook Ross, Inc. He is the author of several best-selling books including, Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, and Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives.


In his newest book, Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart, Ross teams up with JonRobert Tartaglione to consider the idea that—”as humans, we are hardwired with the need to belong, which ends up making us deeply connected with some yet deeply divided from others.” Together, Ross and Tartaglione break down tribalism, the way that social media amplifies it, and how to combat it in order to “maximize one’s impact in the workplace, noting that it is one of the few places where we are forced to work with people different from ourselves.”


The book release date is officially May 8, 2018, but it will be announced and available at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference April 10 to 12 (see article in this newsletter and a link to register), where Howard will be speaking and available to sign books. The book is published by Berrett-Koehler and available for pre-order here.