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Image of the main Marketplace entryway at the 2017 Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Forum On Workplace Inclusion, April 10 to 12, 2018

For nearly 30 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion has built a thriving community of cross-sector leaders who gather each year to learn and grow through facilitated dialogue, structured networking and experiential learning.

At a time when our communities are experiencing charged dynamics around societal events, political shifts, and racial and religious polarization, it is more important than ever that leaders have the mindsets, skill sets, and tool sets necessary for responsive leadership that drives strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Save the date for The Forum’s 30th annual three-day conference in Minneapolis on April 10-12, 2018 for an experience that focuses on big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections.

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Image of Sid Reel at NOW conference

GDIB Expert Panelist, Sidalia Reel Receives Award at UC Berkeley

Sidalia (Sid) Reel, director of Staff Diversity Initiatives under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, will receive the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award on April 27, 2017.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir announced Sid as the winner of the award and wrote the following to explain the decision:

Sid is a tireless change agent, working to address issues with campus climate and make UC Berkeley a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Sid is recognized for creating the annual NOW conference[LINK to the 2016 report of the conference: , which each year gives hundreds of staff a forum to focus on their career growth.

Additionally, last year she established and co-facilitated the Whiteness, Power and Privilege” study groups, where staff gather monthly to learn more about white identity and its impact on campus and beyond. Recently Sid helped these study groups translate learning to action, crafting a letter of inquiry to UCPD (University of California Police Department) which resulted in study-group members being invited to a swearing-in of officers, and leading to conversations around police training initiatives. Sid was invited to serve on a police hiring committee.

While police killings of African Americans has been drawing national outrage, Sid and her study groups have opened new communication channels that will bear fruit for a long time to come.

Sid is commended for leveraging limited resources by building collaborative partnerships, recruiting volunteers, and mentoring colleagues. Sid’s efforts have been instrumental in building campus commitment to equity and inclusion, and growing the cohort who contribute to this vitally important work. Her leadership is making UC Berkeley a more welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment.

Image of Sid Reel at the NOW Conference
Sid Reel (on the left) with attendees of the 2016 Next Opportunity at Work Conference (NOW), the fourth annual event for UC Berkeley staff. The all-day conference is designed to support staff career development through inspiring keynote speakers, concurrent workshops, and career planning resources. This conference is free and open to all UC Berkeley Staff.


Sid Reel joined the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion in 2008 as the Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives. Berkeley, California is Sid’s home town—she was born and raised there and graduated from Berkeley High School.

As a member of The Diversity Collegium, Sid Reel fills the office of the Secretary and is a member of the Leadership Committee.

Price M. Cobbs | GDIB Vanguard Award Recipient

Price M. Cobbs, MD. GDIB Vanguard Award Recipient

Vanguard: those leading the way in new developments, ideas, actions, movements

An internationally recognized psychiatrist and management consultant, Dr. Cobbs founded Pacific Management Systems in 1967. He consults with organizations on leadership, executive development and diversity strategies. His clients include PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Apple, Walmart U.S.A., Lockheed, and the Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Cobbs is an innovator in creating new ways to look at what we now call Diversity and Inclusion. His intellect has fueled conceptual frameworks that have guided the field in its evolutionary journey. He has mentored and counseled—sometimes behind the scenes—many who are now CEOs of major organizations, leaders, and professionals in diversity and inclusion. He is an Expert Panelist for the GDIB, Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks.

A Few of His Vanguard Achievements:

• Developer of Ethnotherapy, a clinical model of structured dialogue capable of changing attitudes and assumptions arising from racial, ethnic and value differences.

• Recipient of the Pathfinder Award from the Association for Humanistic Psychology for his exemplary contributions to the development of healthy self-identity and self-determination among African Americans and others who have been excluded from the idealized American image.

• Founding member of the African American Leadership Institute Anderson School of Business at UCLA and of The Diversity Collegium, a global think tank of diversity practitioners.

• Emeritus Council Member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises.

• Keynote speaker: First ever Diversity Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa and inaugural Diversity Symposium in Tokyo, Japan.


• Black Rage and The Jesus Bag both co-authored with William Greer provides ground breaking insight into the dynamics of being black in white America.

• Cracking the Corporate Code coauthored with Judith L. Turnock based on 32 interviews with black executives from the ELC.

• My American Life: From Rage to Entitlement offers a clear-sighted overview of the black experience in America during the last seventy-five years, and suggests that there is still far to go in the struggle for equality among people of all ethnicities and colors.