Member Accolades

Active Members

Janet Bennett, Ph.D., received the SIETAR Senior Interculturalist Award, and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ M. Houlihan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Intercultural Education and Training. The Portland Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development honored Dr. Bennett with their highest award for outstanding dedication and achievement in the field. Dr. Bennett also received the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange award for Outstanding Research in International Educational Exchange.

Barbara Deane, M.A., received the Diversity Champion Award in 2009 from the NW Diversity Learning Series, Seattle, Washington. She was recognized as a presenter at Plenum '89 by the Institute of Multicultural Resource Development and the Alberta (Canada) Multicultural Commission.

Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D., received the Trailblazer Award from the Ph.D. Project Management Doctoral Student Association in 2011. In 2013, he was elected Fellow by both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology ( and the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology ( In 2014, Bernardo was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, California. He also received the Provost Pillar Award for his work on diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism in organizations.

Nene Molefi has been recognized as one of the top woman  entrepreneurs in the Impumelelo publication. Nene’s company, Mandate Molefi Consultants, is listed as a top woman Empowerment Company in South Africa. For five years in succession, her company has been featured in the top companies in business and government in South Africa.

Sid Reel, Director, Staff Diversity Initiatives at University of California, Berkeley, received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) along with her staff, at a special ceremony on May 1, 2014, attended by the Chancellor and other senior administrators.

The Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards (COSAs) are presented to individuals and teams who, in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also demonstrate exceptional initiative in contributing to the UC Berkeley campus community. Among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor, this award program was established and is administered by the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC). A limited number of awards are granted each year, and nominations are evaluated based on a set of criteria.

Alan Richter, Ph.D., was named one of the Pioneers of Diversity by the Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2007.  As a creator of pioneering products in the diversity field, The Diversity Game (1992) was named best new training product by HR Executive magazine.

Donna Stringer, Ph.D. received the Living Diversity Legend Award in 2012 from the International Society of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP).

Lynda White has been recognized with several honors for the work she has led including the American Society for Training and Development Valuing Differences Award (1996); the New York Film Festival Bronze Award for the non televised leader led training video 'Diversity in Action'; and two Employment Equity Awards of Merit from the Government of Canada. Personally Lynda has been recognized with the Governor General's Award of Merit for Community Service and Involvement, and most recently as an Outstanding Graduate of the Gestalt Center for Organization and Systems Development, recognizing her body of work (2013).

Emeritus Members

Price Cobbs, M.D., was accorded The Pathfinder Award in 1993, the highest honor of The Association for Humanistic Psychology, for his exemplary contributions to the development of healthy self-identity and self-determination among African Americans and others who have been excluded from the idealized American image. Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center conferred upon him its biennial Rollo May Award for Humanistic Service. Black Enterprise Magazine honored Dr. Cobbs as a leading physician in the United States for his contributions to the field of psychiatry.  He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who Among Black Americans.

Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D., president of Hubbard & Hubbard, received the Living Diversity Legend Award in 2012 from the International Society of Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP). He has been awarded the "Excellence in Global Leadership Award" to be presented in 2015 at the World HRD Congress. Their 23rd Congress conference will take place in Taj Land, India near Mumbai. He is being recognized for establishing, globally, the Diversity Measurement and Diversity ROI Analytics fields and disciplines. Go to to learn about the conference.

Juan T. Lopez was named a Pioneer of Diversity by the Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2007. 

Julie O'Mara has received many professional honors: the ASTD's Torch Award for outstanding service; the ASTD Women's Network Professional Leadership Development Award; the Honored Instructor award for outstanding service from the University of California Extension, Berkeley; the Ben Bostic Trainer of the Year Award from ASTD's Multicultural Network; and ASTD's Valuing Differences Award presented to her and the Royal Bank of Canada.  She was named a Pioneer of Diversity by the Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2007.

Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., D.B.A. (1944-2013), was a founding member of the Diversity Collegium. During his career as a diversity professional, he received many honors and awards. We are highlighting several of them here to show that many recognized the extraordinary contributions he gave to the diversity and inclusion field.

Dr. Thomas was recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten consultants in the country. Recipient of several national awards, he was elected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Human Resources, was cited by Human Resource Executive as one of HR’s Most Influential People, and was awarded the "Distinguished Contribution to Human Resources Development" Award by the American Society of Training and Development. In addition, he was honored with the "Trailblazers in Diversity" Award by Bennett College. In 2012, he was designated an Inaugural "Legends of Diversity" Honoree by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.

In June 2013, he was recognized (posthumously) as a Lifetime Leading Light at the Leading Light reception at the Conference on Emerging Majorities: Innovative Workplace and Marketplace Responses, June 11-12, 2013. The Conference is sponsored annually by IMCI (formerly NMCI-National MultiCultural Institute) and the Future Work Institute (FWI).

The National MultiCultural Institute established the Leading Lights Diversity Awards in 1993 to recognize the outstanding leadership of individuals and organizations in building inclusive organizations that are strengthened and empowered by their diversity. Over the years NMCI has bestowed this honor on over forty individuals and organizations. In 2012, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, The FutureWork Institute joined with NMCI (now IMCI-International MultiCultural Institute) to honor clients and individuals who have led the way in a specific area of diversity and inclusion work.

Dr. Thomas received the Lifetime Award for "carrying the torch of diversity and inclusion and leading the way and lighting the way for others for over 25 years."

Mary-Frances Winters has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.  She was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2007. She was the first African American women to be named to the board of trustees of her alma mater, The University of Rochester in New York and holds an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College. She was twice named by the Small Business Administration as business person of the year and the March of Dimes awarded her the distinction of Mother of the Year.