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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Ilene Wasserman, Ph.D.

Ilene Wasserman, President of ICW Consulting Group, has over 30 years’ experience in organizational consulting, strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. She has been on the cutting edge of research and practice in strength-based methodologies, capacity building, and relational leadership and strategy. She has worked with both private and public-sector organizations to build and strengthen diverse leadership teams, staff relationships, and effective communication strategies to help them achieve their goals.

Ilene is deeply committed to providing the foundation and motivation that sustain learnings with senior leaders, teams and staff long after the consulting relationship has ended. Clients point to a more enriching, rewarding and inclusive environment that strengthens the organization from within, but also sustains significant, positive results over time. Consultations have included conducting organizational assessments, designing retreats for leadership teams and developing internal work teams. Ilene uses an action learning approach integrating learning and development with her clients’ everyday work.  In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene teaches courses related to organization development and leadership, organization communication and diversity inclusion at the graduate level. 

Ilene is a Senior Fellow at the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, where she is a learning director and executive coach for their Executive Education providing guidance on women’s leadership, diversity and innovations in Organization Development and Leadership. Ilene is an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals. 

Ilene received her PhD from the Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Development. She also holds Master’s Degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University in Human Development. She is the author of several publications including two recent books: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning, and Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices.  Ilene also serves on several professional boards and is active in her community, including serving on the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission. 

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