Meet the Co-Authors
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:
- Encourages, conducts, and provides the results of diversity and inclusion research, learnings, and opinions from experts, practitioners, and individuals who are knowledgeable about DEI.
- Offers, and encourages others to offer, free materials and free advice to individuals and organizations through a variety of vehicles, including one-on-one conversations; materials on our website – including user tools and presentation supports, meetings, events, and gatherings; and other means that add value to people.
- The Centre believes in providing resources through a range of materials.Directly and through our team of 112 experts (for the GDEIB) and users, as well as the over 150 persons engaged in the futures project, The Centre gives and encourages others to give presentations, write articles, post on social media, and other ways to provide and receive information – including webinars, holding events open to the public to support learning, advancing the field, and an orientation to the future.
- Convenes events where leading thinkers and individuals who advocate for DEI values, come together to learn from each other and chart the course for advancing the future of diversity and inclusion.
In addition to the work done directly by The Centre, we also help advance our mission by encouraging others to educate, conduct research, and help meet DEI goals For example several of our users are community development organizations that offer our materials to their users and their public; several others are membership organizations that do research with their members and encourage members to use it. In many cases, we assist the primary organization and that organization supports many others. We plan to do more of this in the future.
The Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDEIB)
One of our main offerings is the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks. A copy of selected pages of the GDEIB is attached as Part IV Narrative Description of Your Activities Project One Attachment A Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks. The full document is available for free download at www.centreforglobalinlusion.org. Go to Downloads and you will see it there.
The report is organized into 15 categories identifying levels of achievement and individual benchmarks (there are a total of 198 in the desired levels 3, 4, and 5), which range from inactive to best practices, and is paired with useful tools to make it a living/working document for users. Developed in 2006 by Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter with the assistance of 47 experts from around the world, it was initially based on research conducted by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It was published and disseminated as a free downloadable document/report. Permission was granted by TVA to use the work, globalize and update it, and disseminate it. First distributed by email, it later was available through many websites. It has always been free. Starting in July 2017 The Centre assumed responsibility for maintaining and disseminating the GDEIB. It is downloadable at www.centreforglobalinclusion.org as well as available on several other websites The GDEIB provides a means of measurement, a strategic planning tool, and a set of actions that may be taken at an organizational and individual level, to do good diversity work.
The GDEIB has been significantly updated three times, with another significant research update planned for publication by The Centre in 2021. For each update, additional Expert Panelists have contributed, bringing their individual expertise to our research to ensure that the GDEIB is current and includes what experts consider the world’s best practices. Care is taken to ensure that the GDEIB is useable across various approaches to DEI, sectors, sizes, and dimensions of diversity, including being meaningful to individuals with an interest in DEI. It is available in English, Portuguese, and French, with a Spanish translation underway. Additionally, we support organizations customizing or adapting the GDEIB. One example is a customized edition, which was developed in partnership with ACPA – College Student Educators International. The ACPA has made this edition available to all educators around the world, whether or not they are members of ACPA. Permission to use all editions of the GDEIB is required and signers of the permission agreement are tracked; however, given the easy access to the document online, it is assumed that many more are using or citing the GDEIB without permission. A copy of the User Agreement is attached as Part IX Narrative Description of Your Activities Project One Attachment B Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks Permission Agreement.
Users by Sector
As of July 2019, we estimate that many thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of individuals and organizations around the world benefit from the use of the GDEIB and The Centre projects. Future plans include significant expansion to hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations benefiting from our projects. The below chart shows the percentage of users by sector. We are proud of the variety of organizations using the GDEIB.