Strategic Partners

Dr. Bernardo Ferdman, PhD is passionate about helping to create an inclusive world where more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals effectively, productively, and authentically.

As a scholar-practitioner with over 35 years of experience working with diverse groups and organizations to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion, Bernardo brings particular depth, curiosity, and enthusiasm to his work.

Bernardo has focused his career on addressing the needs of organizations that wish to use their diversity to achieve better business results. He works with organizational leaders and employees to foster inclusion, to develop and implement effective ways of using the talents and contributions of every member of the organization, and to build multicultural and cross-cultural competencies on the part of individuals, teams, and the whole organization. Bernardo has extensive international experience and is a native Spanish speaker.


Chantelle Fitzgerald, MSNPL, is an award-winning professional, specializing in diversity, equity, inclusion,(DEI) executive coaching, mindfulness, leadership development, and emotional intelligence. She is a speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 companies. She is the Founder and CEO of Mindset Strategies, a DEI consulting and leadership development firm that focuses on mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

Chantelle has also recently launched (September 2021) a Leadership Institute For Black women, to help increase the number of Black women leaders in high-level positions across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The Institute is also positioned in such a way to help employers create an additional “edge” when it comes to talent attraction and retention of diverse talent. Additionally, Chantelle is an adjunct professor for Doane University teaching teachers, principals, and administrators on how to build a mindful classroom through the practice of mindfulness and emotional intelligence.


Mohan Sikka, PhD, works in the areas of strategic and operational planning, executive coaching, HR management, board development, team building and group facilitation. Mohan specializes in working with teams and leaders who want to clarify their primary purpose and make their vision for change as powerful as possible, or those who want to align their organizational and individual practices with desired impact. Mohan also facilitates action groups and learning circles.

Mohan has 20 years of nonprofit experience, starting with fundraising for community-based organizations, and over time gaining depth in planning, facilitation, and coaching. Mohan was most recently Managing Director for Leadership Development at Community Resource Exchange, NYC’s premiere nonprofit consulting firm for groups fighting poverty and advancing social justice. At CRE Mohan designed and implemented a range of organizational offerings, including executive and team coaching and leadership training. Mohan was a staff consultant at CRE for 12 years and now partners as an affiliate with a number of consulting groups.


Matt Hancock is an independent organization development consultant and researcher based in Bologna, Italy. Matt’s expertise is in socio-technical systems design, worker participation, labor-management collaboration, interest-based problem solving and group process design and facilitation. As a consultant, Matt has helped workers increase their voice through open book management, continuous improvement, labor-management partnerships and innovative collective bargaining approaches. His research has focused on new forms of work organization, worker participation in cooperatives, employee-owned firms and high-performance work organizations. Before moving to Bologna to raise his two children Matt was a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group. Matt holds a Masters in Cooperative Economics from the University of Bologna and a Bachelors in History from Skidmore College.