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The Practice of Inclusion: Implications for OD Practitioners
Presented By: Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D.
Moderated By: Barbara N. Deane, M.A.
Webinar Presented On: March 12, 2014
Are you truly maximizing your potential and helping others to do so in your OD practice? Are you bringing your whole self to your work and truly supporting clients in creating workplaces where everyone can do that? Creating the conditions that can enable people of all group identities—whether visible or not—to feel safe, appreciated, valued, and able to be authentic at work should be a fundamental aspect of OD practice. The practice of inclusion is essential to derive the benefits of diversity in groups and organizations, and to facilitate the best contributions from all their members.
In this interactive webinar we will explore and unpack the practice of inclusion. We will look at what it means for people to experience inclusion and the various values, policies, practices, and behaviors that can foster that experience, as well as how the different facets of inclusion connect in a systemic and dynamic process. Participants can expect to get insights and approaches that will be useful to themselves and to their clients.

About Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D.
Bernardo Ferdman is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world in which more of us can be fully ourselves. Bernardo consults, writes, speaks, teaches, and conducts research on diversity and inclusion, multicultural leadership, Latinos/Latinas in the workplace, and bringing one’s whole self to work. A professor of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University and a leadership and organization development consultant with three decades of experience, Bernardo has worked with organizations in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America to foster inclusion, to implement effective ways of using everyone’s talents and contributions, and to build multicultural and cross-cultural competencies on the part of individuals, teams, and the whole organization, as well as to inspire individuals to find their own voice and make their full contribution.
Bernardo’s latest book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (Wiley, 2014), co-edited with Barbara Deane, provides a state-of-the-art, research-based understanding of inclusion and how to systematically create it, foster it, and navigate its challenges. Bernardo is a member of the Diversity Collegium and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Academy for Intercultural Relations, and various other professional societies. He has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and of its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, as well as President of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. Bernardo received the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the Ph.D. Project’s Management Doctoral Student Association, and the 1991 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. A native of Argentina, Bernardo earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University and an A.B. degree at Princeton University.
About Barbara N. Deane
Barbara R. Deane, M.A. is editor-in-chief for and the Cultural Diversity at Work Archive and vice-president of The GilDeane Group, Inc. She co-edited Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion with Bernardo Ferdman. Barbara writes, edits, consults, and speaks on diversity and inclusion and cross-cultural business issues, and has trained and worked with leaders, managers, employees, D&I champions and change agents at Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and municipal government agencies and non-profit organizations. Barbara is the founder of the Diversity Learning Series, a unique collaborative employer model for leveraging diversity education, and is a member of the Diversity Collegium.
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