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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Steve Hanamura

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. Among Steve’s professional honors is the Multi-Cultural Network Trainer of the Year presented 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.  Also, he was 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. One of the unique contributions of Steve's work is how he has conducted interventions with faith-based groups and the LGBTQ communities. He is also skilled in addressing issues of workplace violence. He has performed both workplace interventions of such atrocities and well as helping groups clean things up during the aftermath of a situation. On a lighter note, because of his love of sports, sometimes in training sessions he will ask the group to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. As apart of this they must cheer at the song's conclusion. He then tells them about how a sports team has a process where they have become inclusive for and with senior citizens and people with disabilities.