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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Howard Ross

Howard Ross

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and a seminal thought leader on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  He is the author of ReInventing Diversity, and the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias.  His latest book, Our Search for Belonging:  How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart, won the 2019 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice.

Howard has specialized in the synthesis of neuro-cognitive and social science research and direct application.  His client work has focused on the areas of corporate culture change, leadership development, and managing diversity.  Ross has successfully implemented change efforts in academic institutions, corporations, and retail, health care, media, and governmental institutions in 47 states and over 40 countries worldwide.  He has also delivered programs at Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Wharton and over 25 other colleges and Universities.  Howard served as the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU. 

Howard’s writings have been published by HBR, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company, Diversity Women, Forbes, Fortune and dozens of other publications.  Howard has served on numerous not-for-profits boards and has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 Operation Understanding Award for Community Service; the 2012 Winds of Change Award from the Forum on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion; the 2013 Diversity Peer Award from Diversity Women Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University; the 2015 Trendsetter in HR by SHRM; and the 2016 Leadership in Diversity Award by the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India.  In 2002 he was given Medicine Holder designation by the Pawnee Nation.

Howard is also a Rock ‘n Roll Musician and has taught meditation and mindfulness for more than 20 years..

Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies