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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Joel Brown

Joel Brown


Joel A. Brown is the Chief Visionary Officer of Pneumos, a management consulting company based in San Francisco, USA, specializing in cultural intelligence and leadership, and organizational development. As a change agent, Joel works strategically with organizational leaders and professionals to cultivate innovative, creative, and adaptive environments where the cultural genius of everyone can be harnessed and leveraged successfully. Joel believes in being a multi-dimensional resource for his clients, and has expertise is in the areas of 1) organizational sustainability, 2) leadership development, 3) cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion, 4) conflict resolution, and 5) executive coaching.  Joel is best known for his critical analysis, creativity, humor, and his ability to build consensus, and is skilled in the “Diversity, Difference & Dialogue” process©, which is designed to maximize cross-cultural communication at all levels throughout an organization.  Joel approaches people with great conversational dexterity and is able to reduce complex social and organizational issues to their simplest form.  He has written multiple articles, including the widely circulated piece “Black and Gays: Bridging the Cultural Divide.”  A University of Virginia School of Law graduate, Joel worked six years as a labor and employment litigator focusing on wage and hour disputes, discrimination matters, and sexual harassment cases.  Joel is also an Executive Coach who works with emerging leaders, visionaries, senior executives, and “cultural creatives.”  He is a member of two diversity think tanks, the Diversity Collegium and D2K, and is finishing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

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