Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor in the Organizational Psychology Programs at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University, where he has taught since 1993, and an accomplished leadership and organization development consultant and CCE Board Certified Coach with three decades of experience working with diverse groups and organizations to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion.
Dr. Ferdman has focused his career on supporting organizations to use their diversity to achieve better business results
while increasing everyone's experience of inclusion
, and 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 teaches, writes, speaks, and consults on diversity and inclusion, cultural identity, multicultural and inclusive leadership, Latino/Latina identity and Latinos/Latinas in the workplace, cross-cultural communication, and bringing one's whole self to work.
Dr. Ferdman has worked with organizations in the U.S. and around the world to foster inclusion, to implement effective ways of using everyone's talents and contributions, and to build competencies for inclusion on the part of individuals, teams, and the whole organization, as well as to inspire individuals to find their own voice and make their full contribution. He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, and has designed training and worked with leaders to support their development and with organizations to develop effective strategies for diversity and inclusion. For over 13 years, he has taught in various executive education programs, including those at UCLA, UCSD, and Dartmouth, and has conducted leadership workshops for hundreds of managers and executives. Among the many
organizations he has worked are
Alcoa, Inter-American Development Bank, The World Bank, Center for Creative Leadership Verizon, Hilton Hotels, Ikea AB, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, MDC Inc., Santa Ana Partnership, CSU San Marcos, Solar Turbines, Eli Lilly, Wells Fargo, Intel, Pepsico, AllianceBernstein, Brown-Forman, CalEPA, and the US Air Force JAG Corps.
Dr. Ferdman has published over four dozen articles, book chapters, and books, and has made over 300 presentations at professional conferences in the areas of ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity, diversity training, inclusion, leadership, cultural identity, Latinos in the workplace, and organizational psychology.
Dr. Ferdman's book,
Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion
(Wiley, 2014, co-edited with Barbara Deane; http://practiceofinclusion.com), provides a research-based understanding of inclusion and how to systematically foster it and navigate its challenges.
His research focuses on the antecedents, correlates and consequences of the experience of inclusion, using the Workplace Inclusion Scale that he developed with his students
Dr. Ferdman has also been working on issues of Latino/a identity, culture, and experience for three decades; his model of Latina and Latino ethnoracial identity orientations, developed with Dr. Plácida Gallegos, is often cited as one of the few theories to address Latino and Latina identity across multiple sub-groups. He is the creator of
a new digital coaching program for learning about inclusion offered by Cognician, Inc., and is currently working on an edited volume focusing on inclusive leadership.
Dr. Ferdman is a member of the Diversity Collegium, and serves as an expert panelist for
Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World
Dr. Ferdman is a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research and of the American Psychological Association (and five of its divisions:
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race; Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Society of Consulting Psychology; Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; International Psychology).
He has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and of its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and as President of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, as well as Chair of the Society of Consulting Psychology's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Dr. Ferdman has received various awards, including the 1991 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), the 2011 Trailblazer Award (Ph.D. Project's
Management Doctoral Students Association
), and the 2014 Janet Chusmir Distinguished Service Award (Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management).
Alliant International University awarded him its prestigious Provost's Pillar Award for Applied Research and Scholarship (2014) as well as the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management Outstanding International Scholar-Practitioner Award (2006). Dr. Ferdman co-chairs the San Diego Latino-Jewish Coalition and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Diego REPertory Theatre.
From 1986 to 1993, he taught at the University at Albany, SUNY, in Psychology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Dr. Ferdman earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University and an A.B. degree at Princeton University.