Howard Ross

Founding Partner

Company: Udarta Consulting
Role: Session Presenter

2019 Conference Session: Crossing the Great Divides: What to Do When the Culture Wars Enter the Workplace (S2-K)
2019 Conference Session: Where do We Go from Here? Managing Gender at Work in the #MeToo Era (S3-K)
2019 Conference Session: Student Success Factors and the Race Gap (S2-J)
2020 Conference Session: Being White Men: Understanding the Role of White Men in IDEA (S4-D)
2020 Conference Session: (Canceled) Politics Make Strange Desk-Fellows: Working Together While Voting Apart (S2-E)

Howard Ross, founder of Udarta Consulting, is a lifelong social justice advocate and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of “ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance” (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM, 2011), The Washington Post best seller, “Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives” (published by Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), and “Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect is Tearing Us Apart,” which was released by Berrett-Koehler in May 2018 and received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, “Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities,” will be published in 2020.

Howard has specialized in the synthesis of neuro-cognitive and social science research and direct application of diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility work. His client work has focused on the areas of corporate culture change, leadership development and managing diversity. He has successfully implemented large-scale organizational culture change efforts in the area of managing diversity and cultural integration for academic institutions, professional services corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and retail, health care, media, and governmental institutions in 47 of the United States and more than 40 countries worldwide. In addition, Howard has delivered programs at Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University, Washington University Medical School and over 20 other colleges and universities. Howard served as the 2007–2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU.

Howard’s writings have been published by the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Fast Company, Diversity Woman magazine, Forbes, Fortune and dozens of other publications, and he appears monthly on National Public Radio. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, the board of directors of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the board of directors for the National Women’s Mentoring Network. Howard has been the recipient of many awards including the 2012 Winds of Change Award from The Forum on Workplace Inclusion; the 2013 Diversity Peer Award from Diversity Woman magazine; the 2014 Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional magazine; the 2014 Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University; the 2015 Trendsetter in HR by SHRM HR Magazine; and the 2016 Leadership in Diversity Award by the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India.

Howard founded Cook Ross, Inc., one of the nation’s leading diversity and inclusion consultancies. He sold the company in July 2018. Howard keynotes and speaks regularly at conferences for SHRM, SHRM Diversity, The Forum for Workplace Inclusion, National Association of Corporate Directors, ATD, the World Diversity Forum and dozens of others.

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