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 DiversityCentral.com and the Cultural Diversity at Work Archive, an online database of articles, tools and resources. She co-founded Cultural Diversity at Work 30+ 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) (https://practiceofinclusion.com/). The Practice of Inclusion is a volume in the Professional Practice Series of the Society for Industrial ad 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 is an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, standards for organizational initiatives. 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-for-profit 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.