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Dr. Michael Baran

Senior Partner and Digital Solutions Lead

Company: inQUEST Consulting
Role: Session Presenter

Dr. Michael Baran is a senior partner and Digital Solutions lead at inQUEST Consulting, a global diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) firm. He draws on his own research in cultural anthropology and cognitive psychology to inform his current DEI work — his speaking engagements, writings, consulting, leadership development, workshop facilitation, and digital products. He customizes sustainable change management plans that integrate the best of in-person and scalable digital platforms.

Michael is the coauthor of the 2020 book release, “Subtle Acts of Exclusion,” cited in Forbes as one of the “11 Books to Read if You Want to Be a More Inclusive Leader.” His work and his digital products have been covered in The New York Times, BBC, NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, The Boston Globe, and Slate. He believes that everyone can be interested and invested in DEI issues; it’s just a matter of finding the most effective ways to reach people.

In addition to his inQUEST work, Dr. Baran has taught courses at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has worked as associate director at the FrameWorks Institute and principal researcher at the American Institutes of Research.

Michael received his BA from Emory University and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

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