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The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI) is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success. 


ISDI was founded in November 2015 in part to assume the management of the NW Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative effort sponsored by a number of companies and organizations in the Puget Sound Region (including GOLD Sponsors: Nordstrom and The Boeing Company, SILVER Sponsor: Alaska Airlines, BRONZE Sponsors: Archbright, Port of Seattle, and others). ISDI is a non-profit, charitable organization founded by Barbara Deane, one of the original founders of the NW Diversity Learning Series, and Effenus Henderson, former chief diversity officer for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation. ISDI assumed the management of the Diversity Learning Series beginning January 2016, from the previous management company, Archbright.


The Institute provides the NW Diversity Learning Series half-day, morning sessions for employees, managers, leaders and Diversity Champions on current and emerging issues affecting diverse, multicultural work environments.


ISDI is developing a multi-year framework for educating, convening and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in the Pacific Northwest Region. 


ISDI VISION: Forging direction and setting the pace for the Pacific Northwest to be known as a world-class pluralistic and inclusive society where all people can live, learn, work and thrive. 




About Barbara Deane:


Barbara R. Deane, M.A., is a writer, editor, consultant, and speaker on diversity and inclusion and cross-cultural business issues.


She is editor-in-chief for and the Cultural Diversity at Work Archive, an online database of articles, tools and resources for anyone working to implement diversity and inclusion in their organization. She co-founded Cultural Diversity at Work in 1988, one of the first hard-copy publications on workforce diversity that gained an international readership. She is the author of more than one hundred articles on topics related to workforce diversity, diversity management, intercultural communication, cultural differences, and inclusion. She is also the associate editor of a new book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion published as part of the Professional Practice Series of the Society for Industrial & Industrial Psychology (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2014).


Barbara is vice-president of The GilDeane Group, Inc., a Hispanic and woman-owned firm in Seattle, Washington, providing consulting and training services on diversity, inclusion and intercultural effectiveness, domestic and international, to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She is the cofounder of the NW Diversity Learning Series, a collaborative venture on the part of progressive companies and organizations to build a world-class diversity education resource in the Greater Seattle Area.


Barbara has a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in organizational communication from The Ohio State University, and a master's degree from the University of Washington, where she specialized in interpersonal and intercultural communication.


She is a member of the board and coordinator of The Diversity Collegium, a professional think tank whose mission is to advance the field of diversity and inclusion. She is also an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (downloadable from 


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About Effenus Henderson:


Effenus Henderson is President and CEO of HenderWorks, Inc. He served as Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington until his retirement in December 2013.  In this role he advised the CEO and senior management team on diversity, inclusion and affirmative action related matters. He has over 40 years of experience in a variety of human resources roles and responsibilities.


He is an internationally recognized diversity thought leader and has been invited by numerous companies and organizations to share his expertise.  He has provided advisory support on diversity to the US Federal Government’s EPA office, Office of Personnel Management, US Forest Service, State Department and the USDA.


He has addressed members of the General Assembly of the United Nations on intercultural and interreligious diversity, and also addressed a high level panel of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid, Spain in 2008, Istanbul Turkey in 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2010 and Doha, Qatar in 2011. He was a keynote speaker at the 9th and 10th Forum at Fez Morocco (2012, 2013) and at the 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013).  He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Dialogue Foundation, located in Melbourne, Australia.


He currently serves as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Standards Project sponsored by the Society of Human Resources which will lead to national standards, approved by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in the areas of lead diversity professional competencies, diversity programs, and diversity metrics.


He has served on numerous boards including the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP) where he is a member of the founding board, the National Urban League Board where he has served as a national trustee and president of the Council of Affiliate Board Members. He is also a past chair of the Attrition Retention Consortium, a national group studying turnover trends in Corporate America.   He is also a member of the Board of Advisors, School Business, Florida A&M University.


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