Kanu Kogod

Chief Wizard

Company: Bridges in Organizations, Inc.
Role: Session Presenter

2021 Conference Session: A New Lens for Revealing Unconscious Bias (AW3-B)

Kanu Kogod, PhD, MCC, is trained as an anthropologist, organizational development consultant, and master certified coach with work experience in India, Kenya, Rwanda, and Peru. She founded Bridges in Organizations in 1988 to focus on creating healthy organizational cultures where people at all levels can thrive.

Kanu co-designed and, for more than nine years, facilitated Leadership Alchemy, an award-winning nine-month transformational leadership development program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Leadership Alchemy has won awards and received vast acclaim for helping to create a shift in NASA’s culture and leadership practices.

She develops leaders using a holistic approach — language, body, emotions, and spirit. That means helping them design conversations, build leadership presence, and raise their emotional intelligence so that they can achieve the outcomes they desire in their organizations, communities, or in a larger political arena.

Kanu incorporates the principles and practices of leadership, mindfulness, and inclusion in all deliverables. Her aim is to help leaders build a culture where stress and constant fight-or-flight responses are replaced by a greater sense of safety, connection and respect so that people can align and engage for a greater mission.

She has coached and developed leaders in business, health care, government, and nonprofit sectors representing organizations such as the World Bank Group, Capital One, NASA, NIH, Lockheed Martin, and the American Red Cross. After 9/11, Kanu created the Red Cross’s Working with Total Diversity, the national training on diversity and customer service that included a train-the-trainer component.

Kanu has coached internationally with women leaders in Rwanda and Kenya to help them get elected to political office. She was a founder (1992) and facilitator for Youth Leadership of Greater Washington (LGW) and received an award from LGW for her volunteer efforts over the years. In 1990, Kanu was also a co-founder of DivNet, a Washington regional networking program for diversity officers and consultants new to the diversity world.

• “A Workshop for Managing Diversity in the Workplace,” Jossey-Bass, 1991
• “Tools and Strategies for a Diverse Workforce,” With A. Carnavale, McGraw-Hill, 1995
• “The Bridges Process: Enhancing Organizational Cultures to Support Diversity.” In “Using Organizational Culture in Consulting: Empirical Examples.” National Association for Practicing Anthropology, 1994
• “Conversational Guide for Mentors and Honoring Diversity,” Self-published for use by NASA-GSFC, 2003
• “Toolkit for Leadership Alchemy,” Self-published for use by NASA-GSFC, 2005



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