Recognizing 5 DEIB Influencers in Unexpected Places

by May 25, 2023

Picture this: a world where workplace culture is transformed not just by well-known DEIB influencers, but by unexpected heroes who wield the power of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in their own unique ways. 

DEIB are increasingly recognized as crucial components of a successful workplace culture, and we recognize these individuals who may not typically be associated with the DEIB space, yet their contributions are critical to the success of DEIB efforts in the workplace.


5 DEIB Influencers

Let’s take a dive into the world of unexpected DEIB influencers and explore the ways they’re transforming workplaces for the better!


Brené Brown 

Brené Brown shattered the myth that being tough and perfect is the key to success. She is a renowned expert on vulnerability, shame, and empathy – all of which are essential components of creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace culture. 

Her work promotes the value of authenticity and human connection, which helps individuals foster more open and compassionate communication and a greater sense of belonging. This is definitely helpful for any organization to create a workplace where individuals feel seen, heard, and respected and where everyone can bring their whole selves to work. 


Adam Grant

Adam Grant is a powerhouse in the world of organizational psychology, using his knowledge and expertise to revolutionize the way we think about workplace dynamics. He is a master of motivation and collaboration, with ideas about perspective-taking and empathy that can help build understanding and trust among others who may come from different backgrounds, cultures, and identities.

This is definitely helpful for any organization looking to create more inclusive and innovative teams that are better equipped to address the challenges of today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment.


Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is a well-known executive coach and author whose work focuses on leadership development and behavior change, and he has written extensively on the importance of humility, self-awareness, and accountability in effective leadership.

By helping leaders recognize and address difficult behaviors related to diversity and inclusion, Marshall’s coaching supports the development of more inclusive workplace cultures. Plus, his focus on humility and self-awareness helps leaders recognize their own biases and blind spots, making them better allies and advocates for DEIB initiatives.


Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson’s research on psychological safety is a game-changer for workplace culture. She has shown that creating an environment where employees feel comfortable speaking up and sharing their ideas is key to fostering innovation, growth, and learning.

But what does this have to do with DEIB? Well, in order to create an inclusive workplace where everyone’s voice is heard, it’s essential to have a culture of psychological safety. This is where Amy’s work comes in – by promoting the value of psychological safety, she’s helping to create a more equitable and diverse workplace culture. 


Catherine Mattice

Of course, our very own CEO and founder, Catherine Mattice, is on the list. She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating a safe and inclusive workplace. Her expertise in coaching abrasive leaders and turning around toxic work cultures has helped numerous organizations foster a culture of respect and belonging!

Through her consulting and coaching, Catherine has helped numerous organizations of different sizes and industries create environments that are welcoming and inclusive to all. Her award-winning books and LinkedIn Learning courses are packed with practical advice and strategies for dealing with and turning around toxic work environments and promoting civility. 

And as a special offer, Catherine’s course, “Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander,” is free until the 31st! This course is featured on LinkedIn Learning’s DEI Actions for Individual Contributors Learning Path.


As a Final Point,

Regardless of their role or background, these unexpected DEIB influencers are true game-changers in the workplace. They’re breaking down barriers and paving the way for a brighter future where everyone feels valued and respected.

As the recent DEI report conducted by Development Dimensions International shows, the need for organizations to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion is greater than ever. We’re committed to being a part of the solution and helping organizations create truly respectful and happy teams that work well together.

As we continue to work towards a better tomorrow, we recognize that the contributions of these experts are crucial to success. We’re proud to be part of a community that values DEIB and is dedicated to creating a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

If you’re ready to take the step toward creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re excited to hear from you and help make your DEIB aspirations a reality!


Written by: Jennifer Areola

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About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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