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Ritu Bhasin

Empowerment Speaker | Inclusion Expert | Author

Ritu Bhasin, LL.B., MBA, is an internationally recognized expert in leadership, workplace culture, inclusion, and belonging. As the CEO of bhasin consulting inc. (bsi), a preeminent leadership and inclusion consulting firm, she has worked with hundreds of renowned organizations across industries to take their DEI strategies to the next level. A passionate advocate for authentic leadership, allyship, and psychological safety, Bhasin shows audiences how to unlock the power of belonging in their organizations for transformative results.

Before founding bci, Bhasin spent 10 years in the legal profession — first as a civil litigator and then as the director of legal talent for the preeminent Canadian law firm, Stikeman Elliot LLP. Bhasin also served as an instructor in the Executive Programs and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Having had a front row seat to the challenges related to creating inclusive workplaces, Bhasin founded bci in 2010 as a new type of DEI consultancy — one driven by the values of authenticity, belonging, and intersectionality.

Bhasin’s fierce commitment to teaching others to live, work, and lead more authentically comes from her personal experience with racist childhood bullying, cultural confusion, and the constant pressure to conform. Throughout her 25 years of DEI advocacy work, Bhasin has won numerous awards and distinctions, including SUCCESS Magazine’s Women of Influence Award, The Women’s Center Leadership Award, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Diversity Award, the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year Award, the City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, and Western University’s Young Alumni of the Year Award.

Bhasin is a certified cultural competence coach and a certified neurostrategies coach. Her first book The Authenticity Principle is an Amazon bestseller, and she is currently working on her second book to be released in June 2023. In addition, Bhasin regularly appears on national television and radio in Canada and the US as an expert on leadership, inclusion, personal empowerment, authenticity, and anti-racism.

Authentic Leadership: Unlocking the Power of Belonging in Organizations

Organizations are more diverse than ever, but in a society that favours sameness and conformity, many workplaces still struggle to cultivate belonging. To create workplace cultures, where all team members feel like they belong and can contribute to their fullest, leaders must commit to authentic leadership. This keynote delves into why authentic leadership is critical to unlocking belonging in the workplace and how leaders can make this happen.

Audiences will learn:

  • Why authenticity is essential for fostering belonging, inclusion, psychological safety, trust, innovation, and engagement in the workplace.
  • How leaders can cultivate authentic leadership to ensure team members experience belonging at work, including a discussion about how to leverage the Three Selves Framework.
  • Strategies for interrupting bias, embracing differences, and creating environments where everyone can bring their authentic selves and their adapted selves to work.

The “How” of Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Organizational Cultures Through Allyship

More than ever, we’re hearing about the critical importance of allyship in the workplace, but while many of us want to be an ally, we may not know how to make this happen. This keynote digs deep into how effective allyship enables leaders and team members to interrupt bias, develop their cultural lens, and create environments that are rooted in authenticity, belonging, innovation, and empowerment.

Audiences will learn:

  • What is allyship and its importance in the workplace.
  • How to create an inclusive and engaged workplace culture through allyship — the must dos of allyship.
  • Practical tools, skills, and language leaders and team members can leverage in serving as an ally.

We’ve Got This: Rise Through the Beauty of Authenticity and Belonging

In a world that constantly pushes you to conform, how can you experience greater belonging by being more authentic? This keynote digs into the central concept from Ritu Bhasin’s bestselling book The Authenticity Principle: The Three Selves Framework. Discover an innovative methodology for choosing to live, work, and lead in a more authentic, empowered, and inclusive way.

Audiences will learn:

  • The link between authenticity and belonging.
  • How to leverage the Three Selves Framework and the power of choosing to be your authentic self or adapted self.
  • The importance of embracing your cultural identities so you can experience belonging
  • How leaders can leverage the Three Selves Framework to create cultures of authenticity, belonging, psychological safety, and trust.

The Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In order to embed DEI principles deep into an organization’s culture, we first need to equip leaders and team members with foundational DEI knowledge, which includes a shared understanding of unconscious bias, cultural competence, and allyship concepts. Only then can an organization create an inclusive and psychologically safe work environment, where everyone can thrive and belong.

This keynote provides an in-depth and practical summary of key DEI concepts and strategies. Audiences will learn:

  • An understanding of the differences between diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Key inclusion concepts including unconscious bias, cultural competence, allyship, and belonging.
  • Key forms of bias that manifest within organizations and team interactions.
  • Strategies for becoming more inclusive and culturally competent in working across cultural differences.

Disrupting Bias: Overcoming Our Discomfort with Differences

When we know how to interrupt and address biases, our team members experience heightened belonging, feel safer, and sense greater inclusion. This keynote explores the critical first step to building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments —identifying and interrupting both conscious and unconscious biases.

Audiences will learn:

  • The key ways in which bias prevents organizations and individuals from thriving.
  • Neuroscience, leadership, and mindfulness research related to unconscious bias.
  • Highly practical strategies for interrupting bias to create more inclusive and innovative organizations where teams are more engaged, authentic, and successful.