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Barbara R. Deane, M.A., is co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI), and senior consultant for ISDI’s Consulting Services. She is also an author and speaker on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and intercultural effectiveness

ISDI is a non-profit organization that manages the NW Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative employer venture that Barbara co-founded with the goal of creating a world-class diversity education resource in the Pacific Northwest. The Series has provided uninterrupted educational and professional development services on a wide range of topics and skills for employees, managers and leaders of companies and organizations for 25 years.

ISDI Consultants work with leadership teams to develop their DEI initiatives; this process includes conducting assessment activities, developing change frameworks and strategies, facilitating change processes, involving employee participation through DEI councils, task forces, and committees, and establishing accountability standards and metrics.

Barbara is the former editor of DiversityCentral.com and the Cultural Diversity at Work Archive, an online database of articles, tools and resources published by The GilDeane Group, Inc. She co-founded Cultural Diversity at Work in 1988, one of the first international publications on workforce diversity. She is the author of more than one hundred articles.

Barbara is co-editor, with Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D., of Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, (2014), the first research-based book on inclusion. The book is a volume in the Professional Practice Series of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

She is an Expert Panelist for the 2021 “Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDEIB).” She also served as a Board member for almost twenty years of The Diversity Collegium, a think tank of diversity professionals whose mission was to advance the field of diversity and inclusion.

Barbara holds a master’s degree in interpersonal and intercultural communication from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in organizational communication from The Ohio State University.

Barbara speaks Spanish fairly fluently, travels to Mexico regularly, and is a member of the Board of Bailadores de Bronce, a Mexican folkloric dance group.  She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA with her spouse, Carlos Gil, along with their extended family.

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