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Diversity Collegium Members, Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter, make The Economist's Global Diversity List

Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter have been recognized as two of the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry, a category in the inaugural Global Diversity List 2015, supported by The Economist. (#globaldiversitylist and @DiversityList)

Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter, Ph.D, are co-authors of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks regarded as a ground-breaking contribution to the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) field. Sponsored by the nonprofit think-tank, The Diversity Collegium, and collaboratively created by 80 Expert Panelists around the World, GDIB is available at no charge. With its 13 categories in 5 levels totaling 280 benchmarks, GDIB provides a much-needed systemic perspective on measuring and implementing D&I work. GDIB is used by hundreds of organizations around the world in a variety of sectors and industries.

Announcement of the final list was made at the launch of the list at The Economist Building in New York on Monday, October 26, 2015. A second launch event occured in London on Wednesday, October 28.

Nominations were made by readers of The Economist.

GDIB was first published in 2006 updated in 2011 and 2014 and research is underway for a 2016 edition using 98 experts. A significant number of the Diversity Collegium's members have been engaged in contributing to the GDIB, including Julie and Alan, both long-term members, and highly-respected contributors to the field.

Julie, recently honored as a D&I Legacy Leader by the Forum for Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a bestselling D&I author and co-author, consultant, conference presenter, and tireless volunteer dedicated to improving the effectiveness of D&I work throughout the world. She has served on several standards committees, professional associations and boards of directors, and has received numerous awards.

Alan is the founder and President of QED Consulting. He has led teams in the development of D&I, global leadership and cultural intelligence programs for a wide range of organizations globally, including the UN, CERN, NASA and Fortune 500 companies. He has also designed pioneering instructional products in the areas of diversity and inclusion, global leadership and ethics. He is the creator of The Diversity Game, an award winning training tool, and The Global Diversity Game. Alan is the co-editor of a recent book entitled: An Inquiry into the Existence of Global Values, 2015, published by Hart Publishing.

More information about the GDIB is available here: globalbenchmarks.php