Authentic Leadership – Unlocking the Power of Differences in Organizations
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Ritu Bhasin, President, BCI/People Strategist & Inclusion Specialist
In a world where we’re increasingly working and leading across cultural differences, how can we leverage and be more inclusive of these differences? Based on her extensive research and work in this space, Ritu Bhasin says it comes down to authentic leadership, and that authenticity is the key ingredient for inclusion. On October 25, Ritu will uncover the profound connection between inclusion, leadership, and authenticity. She will also discuss the latest neuroscience, leadership, diversity, and mindfulness research related to authenticity, how to leverage the Three Selves – an innovative concept for being more authentic and adaptive, and how leaders can build stronger, more inclusive relationships by being more of themselves at work.
Join us for an extraordinary evening of insight and inspiration and walk away with tangible tactics that you can leverage to drive inclusion within your organization.
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Our Women of Influence Evening Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections.
6:30 – 7:00 pm Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 7:50pm Keynote Presentation
7:50 – 8:20pm Connecting Activity
8:20 – 8:30pm Door Prize
** Your ticket includes complimentary Wine and Hors d’Ouevres.
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Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, is the President of bci. Recognized globally for her inclusion and
leadership expertise, Ritu has received a number of awards and distinctions for her work. She has
extensive experience in delivering programming, consulting, and coaching across a range of
people management areas with a focus on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and
the advancement of women. Ritu works primarily with senior leadership teams, boards of
directors, middle management, and emerging leader groups, including women and diverse
Ritu is known for her diversity and inclusion expertise in Cultural Competence and unconscious
bias, and is certified to administer Cultural Competence assessment tools including the
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS). Ritu is also certified in neuroscience coaching strategies for leadership growth. Ritu has coached hundreds of professionals, and now coaches C-Suite leaders and other executives on building their Cultural Competence to be more inclusive.
Before founding bci, Ritu spent ten years in the legal profession; she first practiced civil litigation, and then spent seven years on the senior management team of a preeminent Canadian law firm as director of legal talent.
An inspiring and engaging speaker, Ritu presents globally on a range of leadership, inclusion and women’s advancement topics. She is a regular contributor in the media, including CTVNews, CBC, NPR Forum, and TVO. Ritu previously hosted Work It Out, a column on CBC Radio’s leading morning show Metro Morning, which focused on workplace issues, leadership, and diversity. Ritu is a member of NextGenLeaders, a network of preeminent consultants and coaches who focus on talent management and leadership development with global clients. Ritu also served as instructor for three years in the Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Ritu has volunteered in the community for over twenty years, acting as a mentor and sponsor to dozens of youth and young professionals. Ritu has also served in the community in the following capacities: as a member of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Board of Directors’ HR Committee and Employment Advisory Council; on the City of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management; on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Diversity; on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Law Placement; as Vice-Chair of the Law Society’s Equity Advisory Group; and on the YWCA Toronto’s Board of Directors.
Ritu’s recent awards and distinctions include: named a NALP 2015 Diversity Champion; recipient of the City of Toronto’s 2014 William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations; recipient of Western University’s 2013 Young Alumni of the Year Award; named a Women of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion; and recipient of the 2011 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award from the University of Toronto.
Ritu is also the Co-President of Insayva, a platform for self-empowerment that brings together the best of yoga,
mindfulness, leadership theory, neuroscience, and coaching for those seeking personal and professional growth. She is a trained instructor in several yoga disciplines, and when she is not working you will find her in a downward dog.
• MBA, Rotman School of Management (Executive Program), University of Toronto
• LL.B. (With Distinction), University of Western Ontario
• B.A. (With Distinction), University of Toronto