Bernardo FerdmanBernardo Ferdman

Founder & Principal at Ferdman Consulting

Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D. principal of Ferdman Consulting, focuses on supporting leaders and organizations in bringing inclusion to life, on inclusive leadership, and executive coaching. He is passionate about creating an inclusive world where more people can be fully themselves and accomplish goals effectively, productively, and authentically.

Bernardo is a leadership and OD consultant and board-certified coach, and a renowned expert on inclusion and diversity with 35+ years’ experience in the U.S. and around the world. He is faculty director of the Inclusive Leadership Program at UCLA Anderson Executive Education, the 2020 H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, and distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at Alliant International University.

Bernardo created Inclusion@Work®, a digital coaching platform for learning about inclusion, and the Inclusion@Work® Assessment. He has written numerous articles and chapters, has made 300+ presentations, and has conducted research on various aspects of inclusion, identity, and multicultural issues.

Bernardo’s 2014 book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (co-edited with Barbara Deane), provides a research-based understanding of inclusion. His new book, Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies (co-edited with Jeanine Prime & Ronald Riggio) will be released in September 2020.

Bernardo is president of The Diversity Collegium and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), and various other professional groups. He served as chair of the Academy of Management’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and of its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and as president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. Bernardo has received various awards, including SCP’s 2019 Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting. Bernardo—a native Spanish speaker who immigrated to the U.S. as a child—earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University and an A.B. degree at Princeton University.

Takes part in

Sep, 4 2:00 PM CEST
Stage 2
Panel Discussion

Creating an Organizational Culture that Values Inclusive Leadership

  • How to identify the right leadership skills to align with a business-oriented diversity strategy
  • How to move away from a focus on “diversity” towards a focus on “inclusion”
  • How to implement values at the top that flow on to the entire workforce
Bernardo Ferdman Founder & Principal at Ferdman Consulting
Rebecca C. Hershey Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Human Rights Campaign
Lauren Aguilar Founder & Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Forshay
Zaheer Ahmad Head of Strategic Delivery - Diversity & Inclusiveness at EY
Putri Realita Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone
Cristina Santos Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Total Well-Being and EEO, N.A. at Sanofi
Sep, 9 5:30 PM CEST