bhasin consulting inc. is a leading consulting firm which provides people management and leadership strategies to international clients, with an emphasis on diversity and the advancement of women. bhasin consulting inc. works with a range of world-renowned organizations, including law firms, corporations, banks, academic institutions, professional associations, and non-profits. bhasin consulting inc. has expertise in diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and people strategies, including: strategy and implementation; organizational leadership; training and workshop programming; recruitment; performance management; employee engagement and retention strategies; career and leadership development programming; and, change management.
bhasin consulting inc.’s team
Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA
Principal and Founder
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Ritu is a People Strategist and Diversity Specialist and is the Founder and Principal of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu has a breadth of consulting and training expertise in leadership, people management, and diversity programming, and she also acts as a career and leadership coach. Ritu has now coached hundreds of professionals focusing on empowering them to leverage their strengths in their development.
Ritu also has expertise in delivering leadership programming and coaching services in Intercultural Competence – the ability to work effectively across cultural differences. She has been certified to administer intercultural competence assessment tools for teams and individuals, including the Intercultural Development Inventory (visit IDI) and has been trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon and with Cultural Detective. She also is trained in Neuroscience coaching strategies for leadership growth.
Prior to starting her consulting firm, Ritu spent 10 years in the Canadian legal profession on Bay Street, first practising civil litigation and then serving on the senior management team of a preeminent Canadian law firm for 7 years, focusing on talent management for law students and lawyers, including spearheading diversity and inclusion strategies and programming.
An inspiring and engaging speaker, Ritu is a regular contributor in the media, including her past column, Work It Out, on the leading morning Toronto radio show, CBC’s Metro Morning, focusing on workplace issues, leadership and diversity. Ritu has also instructed in the governance area over the last 3 years in the Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and is a member of NextGenLeaders, a network of preeminent consultants and coaches who focus on talent management and leadership development with clients around the world (visit NextGenLeaders). Ritu has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)’s Directors Education Program.
Ritu is actively committed to public service and has spent over 15 years volunteering in the community on a range of initiatives, with a focus on diversity and the advancement of women. She is currently a member of the Pan Am Games Toronto Board of Directors’ Human Resources Committee and the Pan Am Games Toronto 2015 Employment Advisory Council. Previously, she served on the City of Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management, the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Diversity, Rotman School of Management’s Values Initiatives Working Group, the Law Society’s Equity Advisory Group for 7 years including 2 years as its Vice-Chair, the North American Board of Directors for NALP (The Association for Legal Professionals), the YWCA Toronto Board of Directors, the Habitat for Humanity Canada Board of Directors, and the Rotman Business Edge Mentorship Program for Women In Business. Ritu is a recipient of several awards and distinctions, including most recently: Western University’s 2013 Young Alumni of the Year Award; Women Of Influence named Ritu a “2012 Canadian Diversity Champion”; and, the 2011 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award from the University of Toronto.
Ritu is a trained instructor in Hatha Yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India, Restorative Yoga from biodynamic living, and Vinyasa Yoga from the former Buddha Body Yoga Studio in Toronto. Ritu speaks conversational Punjabi and Spanish, and basic French and Hindi.
• ICD.D (Institute Certified Director), Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors
• MBA, Rotman School of Management (Executive Program), University of Toronto
• LL.B. (With Distinction), University of Western Ontario
• B.A. (With Distinction), University of Toronto
Sarah Israel, B.A.
Coordinator, Client Relations
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Sarah Israel is Coordinator, Client Relations at bhasin consulting inc. In this role, Sarah oversees client management, marketing, social media and communications matters. Prior to joining bhasin consulting inc., Sarah spent several years in the entertainment industry, where she was involved in the planning and execution of live events such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Whistler Film Festival in the snowy mountains of British Columbia. Sarah recently graduated with distinction from Concordia University, where she studied History and English Literature. Sarah originates from Montreal, Quebec, and is fluent in French. In her spare time, Sarah can usually be found baking, much to the delight of her friends and family.
• B.A. (With Distinction), Concordia University