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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Barbara Deane

Barbara R. Deane, M.A., is co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI), a non-profit organization setting the pace for equitable change in the Pacific Northwest. ISDI manages and presents the NW Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative employer venture Barbara co-founded 22 years ago with the goal of creating a world-class diversity, equity, and inclusion education resource in the Pacific Northwest.

Barbara is a writer, editor, consultant and speaker on diversity, equity and inclusion, and intercultural communication. She is editor-in-chief of and the Cultural Diversity at Work Archive, an online database of articles, tools, and resources. She co-founded Cultural Diversity at Work 30 plus years ago, one of the first international publications on workforce diversity. She is the author of more than one hundred articles, and recently co-edited the research-based book, with Bernardo Ferdman, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014) ( The Practice of Inclusion is a volume in the Professional Practice Series of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Barbara serves as vice-president of The GilDeane Group, Inc., a Hispanic and woman-owned publishing and consulting firm with specialty areas in diversity, equity and inclusion; intercultural effectiveness, Mexican American culture and identity; and Latinos in the prison system. The GilDeane Group developed a highly successful training program for foreign service officers and diplomats on Intercultural Communication and Negotiations for Mexico and Latin America.

Barbara offers the Diversity Learning Series model (DLS) as a limited-term licensing opportunity for other cities and metropolitan regions. She was formerly a member of The Diversity Collegium, a think tank for diversity professionals. She holds a Master’s degree in interpersonal and intercultural communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in organizational communication from The Ohio State University. She is a board member for Bailadores de Bronce, an almost 50-year old not-forprofit organization training youth and young adults in Mexican folkloric dance and music. She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA with her spouse, Carlos Gil, along with their extended family.