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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Bernardo Ferdman

Bernardo, a leadership and OD consultant and boardcertified coach with 35+ years’ experience in the U.S. and around the world, is principal of Ferdman Consulting, focusing on supporting leaders and organizations in bringing inclusion to life, on inclusive leadership, and executive coaching. He is also faculty director of and teaches in the Inclusive Leadership Program at UCLA Anderson Executive Education, and is distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at Alliant International University. 

Bernardo is passionate about creating an inclusive world where more people can be fully themselves and accomplish goals effectively, productively, and authentically. Bernardo created Inclusion@Work®, a digital coaching platform for learning about inclusion, and the Inclusion@Work® Assessment. He has written numerous articles and chapters, has made 300+ presentations, and has conducted research on various aspects of inclusion, identity, and multicultural issues. His 2014 book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (co-edited with Barbara Deane), provides a research-based understanding of inclusion. His 2017 article in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, “Paradoxes of Inclusion: Understanding and Managing the Tensions of Diversity and Multiculturalism,” is the most cited article in the journal in the last three years. Bernardo’s forthcoming book, Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies (co-edited with Jeanine Prime and Ronald E. Riggio) is scheduled for publication in October 2020. 

Bernardo is president of The Diversity Collegium and a Fellow of APA, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and three other professional groups. He served as chair of the Academy of Management’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and of its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and as president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. Bernardo has received various awards, including the 2019 Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting from SCP, and he is the 2020 H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership. 

Bernardo—a native Spanish speaker who immigrated to the U.S. as a child—earned a PhD in Psychology at Yale University and an AB degree at Princeton University.