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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Howard Ross

Howard Ross


Howard Ross, one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on unconscious bias, is a social justice advocate, Founding Partner of Cook Ross, Inc., and author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011), the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014) and “Our Search for Belonging: How the Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart” which will be published by Berrett-Koehler in March 2018.  Cook Ross programs focus on corporate culture change, leadership development, and managing diversity in a variety of sectors. Howard served as the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU. He has been published by Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company, Diversity Women, Forbes, Fortune and others.  He appears regularly on National Public Radio. Having served on numerous boards, he currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, the board of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the National Women’s Mentoring Network. Awards received include Operation Understanding Award for Community Service (2009); Winds of Change Award from the Forum on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion (2012); Diversity Peer Award from Diversity Women Magazine (2013); Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional Magazine (2014); Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University (2014); Trendsetter in HR by SHRM Magazine (2015); and Leadership in Diversity Award by the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India (2016)