Inclusion & Organizational Effectiveness Expert; Accomplished Leadership and Organization Development Consultant and Coach; Principal, Ferdman Consulting; Distinguished Professor, Alliant International University; Author
Bernardo is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, in San Diego, CA, and a leadership and organization development consultant with three decades of experience. Dr. Ferdman consults, writes, speaks, teaches, and conducts research on diversity and inclusion, multicultural leadership, Latinos & Latinas in the workplace, and bringing one’s whole self to work.
Bernardo is an accomplished Leadership and Organization Development Consultant and Coach with three decades of experience working with diverse groups and organizations to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion. Bernardo, principal of Ferdman Consulting, has focused his career on supporting organizations to use their diversity to achieve better business results. He works with organizational leaders and employees to foster inclusion, to develop and implement effective ways of using everyone's talents and contributions, and to build inclusive behavior and multicultural competencies on the part of individuals, teams, and the whole organization. Bernardo, a Board Certified Coach and native Spanish speaker, has extensive international experience.
A sought-after speaker, Bernardo has designed training and worked with managers to support their professional and leadership development and with organizations to develop effective strategies for diversity and inclusion. He has designed and facilitated dozens of workshops, meetings, and other events, and served as lead co-facilitator for CaliforniaSpeaks, a statewide conversation on healthcare reform. Bernardo is a member of the Diversity Collegium (a think tank of diversity practitioners) and a network associate with AmericaSpeaks.
Keynote, Presentation & Workshop Titles - Partial List
"Getting the Best from Ourselves and Others: Diversity and Inclusion as Keys to Breakthrough Results"
"If I'm Comfortable Does That Mean I'm Included? And If I'm Included, Will I Now Be Comfortable?"
"The Key Role of Leadership in the Practice of Inclusion"
"Enhancing the Practice of Inclusion: Systemic Perspectives and Approaches"
"Tensions and Paradoxes of Multiculturalism in Transnational Organizations"
"Assessing Employee Inclusion in the Workplace"
"Exploring Latino/a Identity Orientations and their Implications for Integration and Inclusion"
"Bringing Your Whole Self to Work"
"Finding Your Own Voice in Managing Conflict and Pushback"
"The Influence of Cultural Identity and Cultural Values at Work"
"Gaining the Benefits of Diversity: Adding Value through Inclusion"
Human Resource Professionals
Government: Local, State & Federal
Business Leaders / Executives
Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
Academia: Educators, Students, Education Leaders
Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion
Watch Bernardo Ferdman (at 7:38), co-editor of Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, speak at the "We Speak Business" session of the 26th Forum on Workplace Inclusion (Minneapolis, 2014). In an engaging and interactive presentation, he talks about key elements of the practice of inclusion, highlighting key messages from the recent book.
The Opportunity of Diversity in a Global Context
Dr. Bernardo Ferdman addresses some of the skills needed to become a successful global worker. In his opinion people need to separate their actual experiences from previous interpretations. That is, the meanings we thought were truisms may in fact change across cultures, so dealing with diversity by including those interpretations is a key driver to success.
Developing Cross-Cultural Skills
Dr. Bernardo Ferdman shares his insights regarding Multidimensional Diversity. Dr. Ferdman acknowledges the importance of having a multilingual workforce, but firms and employees need more to succeed in an international environment. They have to understand cross-cultural differences, such as values and competencies, in order to develop what he calls "cross-cultural confidence".
Janet Chusmir Service Award (Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management - 2014)
Provost Pillar Award for Applied Research and Scholarship (Alliant International University- 2014)
Trailblazer Award (Ph.D. Project's Management Doctoral Students Association - 2011)
Outstanding International Scholar-Practitioner Award (Marshall Goldsmith School of Management - 2006)
Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues - 1991)
Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion
In Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, topic experts ranging from internal and external change agents to academics present detailed solutions for the challenge of inclusion - how to fully connect with, engage, and empower people across all types of differences. The editors and chapter authors translate theories and research on diversity into the applied practice of inclusion. Readers will learn about the critical issues involved in framing, designing, and implementing inclusion initiatives in organizations and supporting individuals to develop competencies for inclusion. The authors' diverse voices combine to provide an innovative and expansive model of the practice of inclusion at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Case studies and illustrations show how diversity and inclusion operate...
Literacy Across Languages and Cultures
The focus of the book is on the social and cultural contexts in which literacy develops and is enacted, with an emphasis on the North American situation. Educators and researchers are discovering that cognitive approaches, while very valuable, are insufficient by themselves to answer important questions about literacy in heterogeneous societies. By considering the implications of family, school, culture, society, and nation for literary processes, the book answers the following questions. In a multi-ethnic context, what does it mean to be literate? What are the processes involved in becoming and being literate in a second language? In what ways is literacy in a second language similar and in what ways is it different from mother-tongue literacy? What factors must be understood...
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Alcoa World Alumina; Alumina Española S.A.
AllianceBernstein L. P.
Bank of America
Center for Creative Leadership
Defense Security Service (U.S. Dept. of Defense)
Eli Lilly and Company
Federal Aviation Administration
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Ikea Group AB
Inter-American Development Bank
Lumina Foundation & Santa Ana Partnership
National Association for Multiethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)
Pillsbury Green Giant (General Mills)
San Diego (City of & County of)
San Diego Prevention Research Center
UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education
UCSD Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development
U.S. Air Force JAG Corps
Wells Fargo & Company
Select Conference Speaker/Presenter List
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) (18 years)
Academy of Management Annual Conference (17 years)
Interamerican Congress of Psychology (12 years)
American Psychological Association (6 years)
Mid-Winter Conference of the Society of Consulting Psychology (3 years)