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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Steve Hanamura

Steve Hanamura is president of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., founded in 1986. Steve brings over 34 years’ experience to the consulting, training, and speaking profession. He is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, working with people with disabilities and managing personal and organizational change. Hanamura Consulting serves businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions of all sizes throughout the country. 

Steve has authored two books, In Search of Vision and I Can See Clearly and was a contributing author to Valuing Diversity. He writes journal articles for a variety of publications. He has served as past president of the Portland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and is an emeritus member of The Diversity Collegium, a group of thought leaders in the field of diversity. 

Steve’s professional honors include being named the Multi-Cultural Network Trainer of the Year by the American Society for Training and Development. He was recognized as one of forty diversity pioneers in the July/August 2007 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal and has received the Meritorious Service Award for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He was also privileged to be one of the Torchbearers for the 1996 Olympics. Steve received his Master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his Bachelor’s degree from Linfield College. 

Though blind, he enjoys running and is an avid sports fan. Unique contributions of Steve’s work include interventions conducted with faith-based groups and LGBTQ communities. He is also skilled in addressing issues of workplace violence, for which he has managed workplace interventions for such atrocities and well as helping groups clean things up during the aftermath of a situation. 

Due to his love of sports Steve sometimes asks a group to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in training sessions. Participants are asked cheer at the song’s conclusion. The exercise serves to show how sports has a process that contributes to creating inclusive environments for senior citizens and people with disabilities.