Diversity Speaker in Focus: Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D.

Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D. 

Inclusion & Organizational Effectiveness Expert; Accomplished Leadership and Organization Development Consultant and Coach; Principal, Ferdman Consulting; Distinguished Professor, Alliant International University; Author

Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D. is a sought-after inclusion and organizational effectiveness speaker. He designs training and works with individuals to support their professional and leadership development and with organizations to develop effective strategies for diversity and inclusion.

Bernardo is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, 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 Ferdman, Ph.D. is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world in which more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals in ways that are effective, productive, and authentic. He 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.

As a university professor since 1986, Bernardo has broad knowledge of theory, research, and practice in diversity and inclusion, organization development, cross-cultural management/leadership, and Latinos/as in the workplace. He has published extensively and regularly makes presentations and conducts workshops for a range of audiences on these topics. He received the Trailblazer Award (2011) from the Ph.D. Project, the Outstanding International Scholar-Practitioner Award (2006) from Alliant International University’s Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (1991). Bernardo, a Board Certified Coach and native Spanish speaker, has extensive international experience.

As a practitioner, Bernardo works with organizations, groups, and individuals to improve performance and leadership and to increase inclusion, utilizing assessments, coaching, dialogue, facilitation, and learning in the context of diversity. Bernardo is a member of the Diversity Collegium (diversity practitioners think tank) and a network associate with AmericaSpeaks. As a consultant, Dr. Ferdman helps clients enhance both high performance 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. He has considerable experience working on assessments, leadership team development, executive coaching, and organizational optimization at various international locations, including Spain, Italy, and Brazil. Bernardo has worked to develop Latino and Latina leaders and other multicultural leaders in both corporate and non-profit settings.

Looking for speakers for upcoming commemorative months or training events?

Watch this introduction to Dr. Ferdman as he talks about key elements of the practice of inclusion.

To learn more about Bernardo and his background, the type of clients he’s worked with, and see his publications and speaking on topics related to the workplace, diversity, inclusion, inclusive leadership, Latino & Latina identity in the workplace, and bringing one’s whole self to the workplace – go to Bernardo’s Speaker page.


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