Dr. Bernardo Ferdman

Principal and Founder

Company: Ferdman Consulting
Role: Session Presenter

2022 Conference Session: Measuring Workplace Inclusion: How to Assess Progress Toward DEI Goals and Hold Leadership Accountable for DEI Outcomes (FS-2A)

Dr. Bernardo M. Ferdman, founder and principal of Ferdman Consulting, is an accomplished leadership and organization development consultant, 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 for more than 37 years 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.

He created Inclusion@Work® (, a digital coaching platform for learning about inclusion, and the Workplace Inclusion Inventory™, 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.

Bernardo has attended and presented at The Forum for 13 years. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and five of its divisions and an expert panelist for the Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Benchmarks, and he 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 was also the creator and first 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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