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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Illene C. Wasserman

Illene C. Wasserman


Dr. Wasserman, President of ICW Consulting Group, works with leaders and teams to enhance communication and collaboration by leveraging multiple dimensions of domestic and global diversity. She takes a whole systems narrative approach based on the principle that we transform organizational cultures through engaging the whole system, and the stories people tell, live and perpetuate through organizational structures and processes. Dr. Wasserman has worked with health care systems, Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, institutions of higher education, and community-based groups, working closely with, and providing coaching to, senior executives and boards of directors. In addition to consulting and coaching Ilene has taught at the graduate level. Dr. Wasserman received her Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate University.  She has written extensively on topics related to building interpersonal and organizational competencies in diversity and inclusion. In addition to several articles and book chapters, she has just published a new book: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning   She holds Masters Degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, and a Bachelors from Cornell University. Dr. Wasserman has conducted foundational and advanced workshops in Appreciative Inquiry, is certified in the Organization Workshop, and other coaching assessments and is an Executive in Residence for the Center of Creative Leadership, a Senior Leadership Fellow for the McNulty School of Leadership at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently is a Fellow of The Taos Institute and The Lewin Center, and serves on the Boards of the CMM Institute and the Public Dialogue Consortium and is a Member of NTL. Dr. Wasserman is active in her community, serving on the Lower Merion Township Human Relations Commission, and the Support Center for Child Advocates.