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Bernard Coleman        

Head of Employee Engagement at Gusto, Former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Uber

Bernard is the Head of Employee Engagement at Gusto where he leads the Employee Engagement team which encompasses our diversity, equity and inclusion, employee relations and people integrity/governance/compliance functions. Prior to Gusto, Bernard lead diversity efforts at Uber and led the diversity and human resources initiatives at the Hillary Clinton for America campaign as the first ever in United States history, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer for any presidential campaign for either political party. Coleman helped to develop the campaign’s institutional planning in support of the mission and goals as well as assessing the strategic diversity indicators and standards that ensure responsibility and accountability for achieving diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competence within the diversity and inclusion matrix.

Coleman previously served at the Democratic National Committee for six years as the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and the Director of Human Resources, helping modernize the DNC's human capital operations – moving from transactional to tactical. As part of the modernization, Coleman helped to promote greater pay equity, diversification of staff, the creation of safer spaces, greater cross-cultural competence across the organization culminating in fuller partner relationships and enhanced multiculturalism. Bernard has also held senior level roles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Government of the District of Columbia.

In addition, Coleman has written for Forbes, Catalyst, the Society for Human Resource Management and his insights have appeared in media outlets such as Nasdaq Government Clearinghouse, Time Magazine, TechCrunch and the Huffington Post.  His insights have appeared in The New York Times, TIME, TechCrunch and USA Today. Bernard holds an M.B.A. from Trinity University, a B.A. in psychology from Hampton University, a Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management certification from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Named one of the top The Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology in 2017 by the National Diversity Council. Coleman was also honored as one of Hampton University’s Inaugural Forty Under 40 honorees as well as The Network Journal's 2017 “40 Under Forty” Achiever honoree.

Speech Topics


Diversity, Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Multiculturalism and Human Resources, Politics

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