Barbara Deane

Barbara Deane


Treasurer & Coordinator, The Diversity Collegium


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. She co-founded Cultural Diversity at Work in 1988, one of the first national and international hardcopy publications on workforce diversity. She is the author of more than one hundred articles on topics related to workforce diversity, diversity management, intercultural communication, cultural differences, and inclusion.

Barbara is also vice-president of The GilDeane Group, Inc., a Hispanic and woman-owned firm in Seattle, Washington, that provides 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 diversity education resource in the Greater Seattle Area. The Series, now under new management, continues its sixteenth year in 2014. The GilDeane Group now offers the Diversity Learning Series model (DLS) as a limited-term licensing opportunity for other cities and metropolitan regions.

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 think tank of internal and external diversity professionals based in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and South Africa. She lives in Seattle where she enjoys her extended family and being actively engaged as a Board member with Bailadores de Bronce, a Mexican folkloric dance group. She speaks Spanish fluently and has lived in Mexico for several extended periods, and has traveled throughout Spain and South America.

Contact Information

Barbara Deane
The GilDeane Group, Inc.
Phone: (206) 362-0336
Twitter: @diversitycentrl