President and Board ChairCompany: The Centre for Global Inclusion
Role: Session Presenter Sessions: Want to be World Class? Refresh Required! (SEM-D) | Seeking Solutions to Our Own Ethnocentrism: Addressing the My-Approach-Is-Better-Than-Your-Approach D&I Contest (S6-I)
Julie O’Mara is president and board chair of The Centre for Global Inclusion (www.centreforglobalinclusion.org), a nonprofit serving as a resource for research and education for individuals and organizations in their quest to improve diversity and inclusion practices around the world. Considered a pioneer for her work and having been engaged in numerous successful initiatives, she has retired from D&I consulting. Prior to consulting, she was employed by several corporations and was part of a dot-com era start-up.
Julie is a former member of the board of Berrett-Koehler Publishers and is an Authorized Partner for Wiley’s DiSC® and Five Behaviors. A past national president of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), she is co-author of Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World; Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage, a bestseller published by Jossey-Bass; and author of Diversity Activities and Training Designs.
Recognition includes: The Economists Global Diversity List 2015; a Diversity Legacy Leader by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion; Pioneer of Diversity by Diversity Journal; ASTD’s Torch Award for outstanding service; ASTD Women’s Network Professional Leadership Development Award; Honored Instructor award for outstanding service from the University of California Extension, Berkeley; Ben Bostic Trainer of the Year Award from ASTD’s Multicultural Network; and ASTD’s Valuing Differences Award.
Julie is a member emeritus of The Diversity Collegium, and serves on advisory boards for The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and The Winters Group. Part of her personal story is that, in the early 1970s, she was the first women hired off the college campus by a Fortune 500 company to enter its management development program. Since then, she has been a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion.