Bernardo Ferdman, PhD, is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world where more of us can be fully ourselves and supporting leaders and organizations in bringing inclusion to life. He consults, coaches, writes, speaks, teaches, and does research on inclusion and diversity, inclusive leadership, cultural identity, Latinos/Latinas in the workplace, and bringing one’s whole self to work.

Bernardo, founder and principal of Ferdman Consulting, is an accomplished leadership and organization development consultant and board-certified coach and distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. He has worked with organizations around the world 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 created Inclusion@Work®, a digital coaching platform for learning about inclusion, and the Inclusion@Work® Assessment, a pioneering measure of the experience of inclusion and inclusive behavior. Bernardo’s book, “Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies” (Routledge, 2021, co-edited with Jeanine Prime and Ronald Riggio), provides a comprehensive view of inclusive leadership. His prior 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.

He is an APA Fellow and an expert panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, and served as president of the Diversity Collegium, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, and chair of the Academy of Management’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee as well as its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. Bernardo is also faculty director of the Inclusive Leadership Program at UCLA Anderson Executive Education. In 2019, he received the Society of Consulting Psychology’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting. (Find more details at


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