ABOUT The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI)


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 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. 

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 PLATINUM Sponsor: The Boeing Company, GOLD Sponsors: Nordstrom and Amazon, BRONZE Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, 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.