Inclusive Coaching: Bringing Out the Best in a Diverse Workforce

Virtual Workshop, Wednesday, September 30, 2020



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Diversity and inclusion have taken center stage in 2020. Differences in race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation have become increasingly salient. While inclusion has been a key business focus for some time, greater awareness of systemic injustice and the resulting unrest have increased awareness of its importance.  Leadership coaches can play a substantial role in helping organizations and their people fully tap into the power of inclusion by leveraging approaches more reflective of diversity, equity, and inclusion. However, for many if not most coaches, untangling the complex web of organizational context, personal filters, political dynamics, values, stereotypes, unconscious bias, participant experience, identity, intergroup relations, and cultural differences can be challenging.

In this workshop, Anna Marie Valerio, PhD and Bernardo Ferdman, PhD  will provide perspectives and practical tools to support practitioners in bringing out the best in both coaching participants and organizations, in ways that foster inclusion at work.

Moderated by Veronica Schmidt Harvey, PhD,  this workshop will benefit coaches as well as those who make decisions about coaching and talent development in organizations.

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for individuals working as internal or external coaches; for HR and I-O practitioners responsible for talent management processes in their organizations, and for other applied professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of how to make coaching more inclusive.  Intermediate-level: It assumes a basic understanding of and experience with leadership coaching.

Session Abstract

Diversity and inclusion have taken center stage in 2020. Coaches play a significant role in leveraging the power of inclusion in an increasingly diverse workforce. Effective coaching requires untangling a complex web of personal filters, stereotypes, biases, and organizational contexts. This workshop will provide practical tools to support practitioners in bringing out the best in coaching participants and organizations.

Learning Objectives

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
•    Describe three reasons why inclusive coaching is important and how it can contribute to organizations and their people.
•    Articulate mindsets and behaviors required for inclusive coaching.
•    Recognize key variables that can get in the way of or support inclusive coaching, such as a coach’s own filters, real and perceived differences among coaching participants, unconscious biases and assumptions, values about diversity and inclusion, and contextual factors.
•    Develop an individual perspective on what constitutes inclusive coaching and implement practical approaches for working more effectively and inclusively with coaching participants, within and across differences.
•    Identify ways to increase organizational inclusion by surfacing issues in ways that benefit both the individual and the organization while considering legal, ethical, and confidentiality boundaries.

Schedule and cost information




Workshop Presenters


Anna Marie Valerio, President of Executive Leadership Strategies, is a consultant and executive coach with expertise in women’s leadership and inclusion.  She has authored two books published by Wiley, Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations and Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional.   In her experience as an executive coach, Dr. Valerio has enabled the leadership development of numerous men and women at senior executive levels across many industry sectors in Fortune 500 organizations.  Dr. Valerio is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where she teaches Executive Coaching and Development.   

Dr. Valerio has held leadership roles in IBM, Verizon, and Sony Electronics, Inc. directing teams of professionals and managers in talent management functions such as leadership development, leadership competencies, corporate-wide employee surveys, 360- feedback surveys, performance management, selection, organization development, coaching, and executive education. 

Dr. Valerio holds a PhD in Psychology from The City University of New York and is a licensed psychologist.  She is a member of SIOP, The Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), and the New York Metropolitan Association for Applied Psychology (NY METRO).  Anna Marie has published and presented extensively on inclusion and women’s leadership.  Her research on inclusion with men and women leaders in Fortune 500 companies has resulted in the publication of book chapters and many articles written for business leaders in Harvard Business Review (, HR People + Strategy Journal,, and Business Horizons.  Her article on the topic of hidden biases in the identification of high-potential women, Wherefore Art Thou All Our Women High- Potentials? won the HRP+S Walker Award for Best Article of 2018. Further details may be found on her website, 

Bernardo M. Ferdman is Principal and Founder of Ferdman Consulting and distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, supports leaders and organizations to bring inclusion to life. He is an accomplished consultant and leadership coach specializing in diversity and inclusion, inclusive leadership, and organization development. He is passionate about creating an inclusive world and workplaces where more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals effectively, productively, and authentically. He has worked with organizations around the world to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion. 

Dr. Ferdman has published and presented extensively on diversity, inclusion and multicultural issues, including editing the SIOP Professional Practice Series book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion. His most recent volume (co-edited with Jeanine Prime and Ron Riggio), Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Workplaces, and Societies, is scheduled for release in late September 2020. Dr. Ferdman is creator of Inclusion@Work®, a digital coaching platform for learning about inclusion, and the Ferdman Consulting Inclusion Assessment. He is a Fellow of SIOP, the Society of Consulting Psychology, and three other APA divisions, and is a Charter Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to diversity and inclusion research and practice. Dr. Ferdman, a native Spanish speaker, immigrated to the U.S. as a child and earned a PhD in Psychology at Yale University and an AB degree at Princeton University. Further details can be found at

Workshop Moderator

Dr. Veronica Schmidt Harvey is Principal of Schmidt Harvey Consulting and supports organizations in building strong diverse, leadership pipelines through assessment, coaching and design of holistic leadership development processes. She is an accomplished talent management leader and consultant with 30+ years of experience cutting across corporate, academic and consulting environments as well as a number of industries. 

She has deep expertise and passion for the development of learning agility in leaders and is currently co-editing the SIOP Professional Practice Series book, The Age of Agility: Building Learning Agile Leaders and Organizations ,which will be published in 2021. She views the development of learning agility as a path to increasing diversity in the leadership pipeline. Dr. Harvey earned her MS in Counseling Psychology and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University with her research focused on women in the workplace and in leadership. During the past 30 years she has assessed and coached hundreds of leaders, assisted some of the most respected organizations in the world and served as a leader herself as a Partner with Aon Hewitt.  Additional information is available at her website

Continuing Education 

For detailed information on the CE being offered for this workshop, please click HERE


Cancellation Policy

Registration refunds , from which a $25 cancellation fee will be deducted, are available for this workshop until September 29.