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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Kay Iwata

Kay Iwata


Ms. Iwata is an internationally recognized leadership, organizational development and diversity management consultant, researcher and author. Her approach is global, strategic and systemic. It focuses on building from a strong business case that is anchored in the values and culture of the organization and its leaders.  She has provided strategic planning, organizational cultural assessments, diversity & inclusion planning and implementation, leadership development, team building, conflict resolution, and executive coaching for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Dell Inc., Walmart, County of Alameda, County of San Diego, California State University Fresno and Texas A&M at San Antonio.  Ms. Iwata’s book, The POWER of Diversity: 5 Essential Competencies for Leading a Diverse Workforce provides a researched based focus on what specific behaviors and actions diversity and inclusion competent leaders and managers consistently demonstrate. The results also appear in the 2010 ASTD Leadership Handbook. She has been named a Pioneer of Diversity by the Diversity Journal and has published articles with SHRM and Diversity Central. In addition to consulting Ms. Iwata has served on the Leadership California Board of Directors and chaired the Executive Advisory Council. She remains part of the faculty for their flagship program, California Issues and Trends. Ms. Iwata is also on the faculty with the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, where she was a past president. She is also on the Advisory Board for GEWEL, the first diversity and inclusion consulting firm in Japan.