Bernadette Smith

Consultant, author, diversity and inclusion expert


Smith is the founder and president of the Equality Institute, which allows businesses to serve their LGBTQ customers and colleagues more effectively through unconscious-bias training. She is the award-winning author of three books and her fourth book, Un-Assuming Assumptions: How to Prevent Behaviors and Today’s New Boundaries Surrounding Gender from Destroying Your Bottom Line, is to be released later in 2018.

Smith emphasizes that building more inclusive workplace cultures is not only crucial for individuals, but also for running more effective businesses overall.

I’m committed to the win-win, that when organizations demonstrate inclusion and equality, everyone benefits. I believe that when workers treat their colleagues and clients with respect, those folks carry themselves with greater dignity, workers feel more confident, and companies save money and have increased brand loyalty.

Bernadette Smith
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
TOPICS: Work/life balance

More info: bernadettesmith.com

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