The Practice of Inclusion: Engaging Diversity as a Valued Resource

This highly interactive workshop will focus on best practices in successful diversity and inclusion initiatives and on their specific application in the participants’ organization.


Date: TBD


8:00am - 12:00pm

Registration fee includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

This class is part of the Leadership Certificate Program.


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About the Program

In modern organizations, diversity and inclusion are fundamental requirements to access the full range of available talent, to effectively reach all markets, and to develop and innovate in light of constantly changing needs and environmental demands. This half-day workshop will focus on the essential elements of a successful approach to diversity and inclusion. Attracting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce and, more importantly, reaping the benefits of this diversity in a sustainable manner, require the organization and its leaders to adopt key strategies, practices, and competencies. Beyond diversity, organizations and their members face the challenge of inclusion: how to effectively connect, integrate, and engage with people across all types of differences in mutually beneficial and enhancing ways. Creating and fostering inclusion—the degree to which people of all group identities and across multiple dimensions of diversity feel safe, appreciated, valued, and able to be authentic at work—involves an active practice on the part of leaders and members of groups and organizations, and is a fundamental basis for building, sustaining, and benefitting from diversity.

This highly interactive workshop will focus on best practices in successful diversity and inclusion initiatives and on their specific application in the participants’ organization. Participants will explore, in light of these best practices, the meaning and importance of diversity and inclusion in their organization, the role of inclusion in reaping the benefits of diversity, key strategies for diversity and inclusion, and their own individual and collective leadership in fostering and benefitting from inclusion.


Upon completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • What is diversity and how does it matter to you and to your organization?
  • Inclusion and its benefits for individual, team, and organizational effectiveness
  • The elements of inclusion at multiple levels: individual, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational
  • Best practices for diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership for inclusion and inclusive leadership – strategies and practices


This course is appropriate for anyone working in a diverse environment. 


Bernardo Ferdman

Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D. is a distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University—is a leadership and organization development consultant with over three decades of experience working with diverse groups and organizations to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion. Ferdman—a SIOP Fellow, past Chair of the Academy of Management's Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and of AOM's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and a member of the Diversity Collegium—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. He has worked with businesses, NGOs, government agencies, and educational institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world where more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals in ways that are effective, productive, and authentic.

Dr. Ferdman's book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, (Wiley, 2014) is part of SIOP’s Professional Practice Series; its 24 chapters by 34 authors provide a state-of-the-art, research-based understanding of workplace diversity, with a fresh focus on inclusion and how organizations and their leaders can systematically create it, foster it, and navigate its challenges.

For a complete biography and additional information on Dr. Ferdman, visit his website at


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.