Overcoming Our Human Nature So We Can Foster Inclusion And Belonging: An Interview with Howard Ross

How do we build the world we want to live in, one in which everyone’s story is valued and people feel a deep sense of belonging? We as human beings by nature have a need for belonging, and yet we also have an instinct to divide ourselves from one another.

In a time of extreme polarization, and increased social isolation, what steps can all of us take to create spaces that foster belonging and inclusion?

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.


Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major

institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance.  His latest book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities, will be published in 2020.

Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies.  He sold the company in July 2018. Reach him at howard@udarta.com.

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