Co-Founder and Board Emeritus
Julie is co-author of the GDEIB and a member of the Board of Directors of The Centre for Global Inclusion. She is also president of O’Mara and Associates, an organization development consulting firm. Although retired from consulting, she is an Authorized Partner for Wiley’s DiSC® and Five Behaviors products, available through her firm. She specialized in leadership and managing diversity and inclusion and is considered a pioneer for her work having been engaged in numerous successful initiatives with major clients.
She began her career at Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, Michigan US, joining immediately after graduating from the University of Missouri. She was the first woman to be hired as a manager and accepted into Whirlpool’s management development program. She then joined the Public Relations and Communications Department at Whirlpool. Several years later, she moved to Chicago and worked in Communications for The Marmon Group, a privately-held industrial conglomerate owned by the Pritzker family.
A journalist by education, Julie has a keen interest in books and publishing and is a shareholder and former Board of Directors member of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, an independent firm with a mission of connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all. A former National President of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD—Association for Talent Development), Julie was instrumental in developing professional competencies for the learning and development field. She is co-author of Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage, a bestseller published by Jossey-Bass, and author of Diversity Activities and Training Designs, published by Pfeiffer and Company. She has written numerous chapters and articles on leadership and diversity and inclusion and self-published other works, including 101 Actions You Can Take to Value and Manage Diversity.
She has received several awards, including named to the Economists Global Diversity List 2015; a Diversity Legacy Leader by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion; Pioneer of Diversity by the Diversity Journal; ASTD’s Torch Award for outstanding service; the ASTD Women’s Network Professional Leadership Development Award; the Honored Instructor award for outstanding service from the University of California Extension, Berkeley; Ben Bostic Trainer of the Year Award from ASTD’s Multicultural Network; and ASTD’s Valuing Differences Award.
Julie lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, has a grown son, and two grandchildren.
Founder and President of QED Consulting, Alan Richter has consulted to organizations for over 32 years in multiple capacities, specializing in the areas of global leadership, ethics and values, diversity and inclusion, culture and change.
He serves as Treasurer of The Centre for Global Inclusion. He provides strategic consulting and assessments for clients and has designed and developed innovative curricula for global diversity and inclusion, ethics and cultural intelligence, using research, simulations and games, videos, and custom case studies. He is also very much engaged in developing instructional products including five on-line self-assessment tools.
He is the author of the award-winning Global Diversity Game and the co-author of the Global Diversity Survey as well as the Global Leadership Survey and the Global Gender Intelligence Assessment. In addition to the GDIB, he has also co-authored the Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks, which follows an approach that is similar to the GDIB. Alan is also the co-editor of a study looking at values across cultures through the lens of comparative jurisprudence: An Inquiry into Global Values (Hart 2015).
Alan has been a presenter at many conferences worldwide and has delivered workshops on D&I and ethics around the world in over 70 countries for a wide variety of clients both for-profit and nonprofit. The United Nations and many of its agencies (FAO, ICAO, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, and so forth) have been major clients for decades. He has also worked with highly innovative organizations such as NASA and CERN. He has been recognized as a Diversity Pioneer (2007) and is on the Economist’s Global Diversity List (2015).
He has an Master’s degree and a B.A.B.Sc. degree from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, London University. He has a passion for jazz, tennis and words, having been a lexicographer early in his career. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, lived in London, England while completing his doctorate and teaching at the Open University, and has lived in New York City for the over 30 years.
Nene is the President and owner of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants. She is an experienced consultant with a track record that spans over 22 years. She was born in Soweto, South Africa. Her work involves consulting & facilitation in Whole System Culture Change; Transformation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Values-Driven Leadership interventions for large and medium-sized organizations. Nene is an international speaker with a creative storytelling approach to sharing complex issues of South Africa’s journey to democracy – helping participants navigate the difficult terrain of race and intersectionality in society and their workplace. She has facilitated numerous dialogue sessions and moderated courageous conversations with Boards, Executive Committees & Senior leadership across different countries and a variety of industries and sectors. She has written many articles and is an author of a book, A Journey of Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa: Guidelines for Leading Inclusively. She has been mentioned in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index report of 2018 as an example of an international thought leader on Diversity and Inclusion. She sits on the Advisory structure of the Auditor General of South Africa. She is a board member and Secretary of The Centre for Global Inclusion. Nene studied at the University of Fort Hare (SA), University of Cape Town (SA) and York St John University (UK)where she obtained Masters in Leading Innovation and Change. Her aim is to use dialogue to show leaders how to lead equitably and inclusively in meeting their organizational objectives and advance social cohesion in society.
The Centre for Global Inclusion was established in July 2017 by our Co-Founders Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter. One of our first initiatives was t to offer The GDIB — a resource about global DEI standards — at home. Today, we have the GDEIB, an evolved version of the original GDIB. Our goal remains to serve as a source for research and education to support those in their quest to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion practices around the world. The GDEIB is distributed for free to individuals, academia/education, businesses, governments, community organizations, and NGOs around the world.
Our Co-Founders and our founding board members worked tirelessly to improve the quality of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through research, education, and support to those interested.
The culmination of materials led to three key areas of our work:
- The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDEIB) which is organized into 15 categories, with levels of achievement and individual benchmarks from inactive to best practices;
- Teaching activities: user tools and supports;
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Future, and Education and Communication; all supporting the “how-to” of good DEI work.