Barbara B. Adams, PsyD

Barbara B. Adams, PsyD
How to Solve the Diversity Crisis in Technology & Beyond
“How to Solve the Diversity Crisis in Technology and Beyond: Five Steps to Transformative Results” postulates that developing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce – though not without difficulties – is possible. This book is a well-timed narrative intended to spark much-needed conversation within United States corporations about the damaging effects on their businesses, as well as on their current and prospective employees, resulting from unconscious biases, faulty personal and cultural assumptions, and misconceptions sustained without being challenged. The organizations that achieve this environment will survive and outperform their competition. This book promises 1) an exploration of the challenges in cultivating equitable, diverse, inclusive organizations, 2) a framework for navigating differences among people, 3) a guideline for implementing practical solutions, and 4) a call to action for business leaders to begin resolving issues that appear complex and intractable, but are, in fact, manageable when corporate directors dedicate themselves to organizational health and the art of inclusive leadership. This book will not only persuade business leaders to start suspending judgment and foster curiosity about what has been misunderstood and innately feared, but provide them a concrete plan for follow-up and measurable progress.
San Rafael, California, USA
Dr. Adams is an accomplished workforce diversity and inclusion expert, with experience in healthcare, technology, and education. She is the Founder of GAR (Gender, Age, Race) Diversity Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Adams is a former director in the National Diversity and Inclusion office at Kaiser Permanente, the largest non-profit, integrated healthcare system in the United States. Kaiser Permanente is ranked #2 of the Top 50 global companies in the 2015 DiversityInc survey, which Dr. Adams had responsibility for leading. She also maintained responsibility for inclusive leadership development, execution of unconscious bias learning solutions to a workforce of 175,000 people, and design of a virtual leadership academy for multicultural business resource groups. She is a past member of National Speakers Association.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006, Dr. Adams worked for 10 years as a global management and technology consultant with American Management Systems, Inc. Her multidisciplinary background is in organization development, psychology, and diversity and inclusion. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Organizational Development, and resides with her family in Northern California.
In the areas of inclusion, equity, diversity and workforce development, Dr. Adams speaks about:

1. Under the Radar: Exploring Beliefs and Assumptions about Race and Each Other

2. The Science Behind Unconscious Bias: Tools to Lead with a Conscious Mind

3. Why Being a Good Person is Simply Not Enough

4. Cultural Humility: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Develop Yours

5. Five Steps to Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.