What do our clients say about us?
Ritu is a wonderfully dynamic, insightful and invaluable mentor and strategic advisor for anyone looking to enhance inclusion and cross cultural competency at all levels of an organization. From staff training, to board development, and leadership coaching, Ritu is a partner in every sense. She offers expert assessments, coherent and integrated operational plans, and effective communication strategies to build bridges between people and support the authentic and unique expression of all beings. Perhaps her most significant offering is her service as an ally to executive leaders, offering support and deeply encouraging recommendations to drive necessary and overdue change in work spaces. It has been my honor to learn from Ritu, and she will continue to be my first call as an advisor and leader in this critically important effort to change lives, as well as the workplace.
Ritu connected with the attendees at our women’s conference because she fearlessly and honestly shared her own journey to tackle the pain of exclusion and be her authentic self. Her humor makes her approachable; her openness and vulnerability make her real. Attendees could see themselves in her story, regardless of occupation, age or ethnic background. We all found strength and comfort in Ritu’s practical suggestions on how to be our true selves.
Ritu is an engaging and genuine speaker. Her keynote address at our women’s leadership event, which focused on the principles in her book, was dynamic and highly interactive, and empowered our leaders to build more meaningful relationships while creating an engaged, innovative and inclusive workplace and workforce.
Ritu spoke at our finance business unit retreat, and I believe that she ‘moved the dial’ for those in the room that day. She did not just change hearts and minds–she provided lasting insights that many leaders will use to be inclusive and think differently about new opportunities to promote women, people of color, and LGBTQ lawyers. I look forward to working more with Ritu to provide meaningful training and tools to help our leaders lead more effectively and contribute to our efforts to make Orrick even more diverse and inclusive.
Ritu Bhasin is an entertaining, compelling, and captivating speaker. She effectively leverages her own experiences and insights to engage the audience in a deeply personal journey that demonstrates the importance of inclusion and what it means for each of us. She has inspired and motivated our department to enable greater authenticity as a cornerstone of our culture.
After partnering with bci to deliver executive coaching and workshops in the Financial Services and Land, Property and Construction sectors, I continue to feel astounded by the level of insight, influence and impact they consistently deliver – regardless of the organizational culture or leadership team. They’re experts who drive meaningful change, and do so by partnering and listening well to their clients. I cannot recommend bci highly enough.
Ritu was the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting and proved to be most impressive. Her insights into the organizational aspects of fostering a mindset of diversity was especially relevant for our us as we serve Toronto’s vastly diverse population on a daily basis. She applauded us for the steps that we have taken to develop and promote a culture of diversity, but also challenged us to realize that there is more work for us to do. Ritu’s presentation style is captivating and dynamic. She speaks with conviction and from experience. Her ability to tailor her message and expertise to fit our audience was greatly appreciated. We plan to invite her again later in the year to do a follow up session with a group of leaders from our agency charged with furthering our diversity strategy and agenda.
At Stikeman Elliott we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of law firms in our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and we are very pleased to have won awards for our diversity programming. With Ritu’s help, our Diversity Committee developed a leading-edge diversity and inclusion strategy which supports Stikeman Elliott’s business goals, with measurable objectives and a road map for accomplishing our objectives over the coming years. Ritu is extremely knowledgeable about diversity and inclusion theory and practice both in Canada and the US, and she was able to play a continuing educational role as we explored best practices and trends across a range of industries. More importantly, Ritu brought a very business-oriented and practical approach to our strategy and had a good understanding and intuition for what would succeed in our industry and in our business environment.
Ritu brings passion as well as expertise to the topic of diversity. She has presented to our Associates and to our Partners; her background in both law and business allow her to present the business imperative behind diversity in a way that resonates with Partners, and her years of working with students and Associates gives her credibility with that audience as well. She is an engaging speaker whose enthusiasm for this topic is infectious. I look forward to working with her again.
I have been working with Ritu for almost two years. After hearing her speak at a conference, I engaged her as my coach as I was impressed with her expertise, energy and ability to connect with the audience. Ritu quickly earned my trust and respect and provided invaluable support and guidance to me when I returned to the workforce after an eight year break. My work with her was a key component in facilitating a successful re-entry. Ritu is a pleasure to work with and her insights, strategies and recommendations are always value-add.
We’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to Joanna for facilitating a Women’s Empowerment Workshop for our group earlier this year. Joanna highlighted the important facets of managing our mindset, captivated the audience with her stories and shared the tools for self-reflection. The biggest takeaway for most women was how a simple ASK can lead a long way. Something we women don’t do enough! We were honoured to host such an informative, engaging and inspiring evening with a coach of Joanna’s caliber and subject expertise.
During my tenure at a healthcare organization, I had the opportunity of leading the diversity and equity portfolio. The organization and its leadership had no knowledge or training in diversity or equity, and I wanted our team to better serve the needs of a very diverse workforce and clientele. I reached out to bci to leverage Ritu’s expertise and services in the areas of cultural competence, diversity, and inclusion. Ritu’s approach to this “new” group of attendees was very apt and she helped our team develop an understanding and knowledge around the basics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Ritu brilliantly tailored the session to approach these concepts for a health care organization perspective and very clearly articulated what approach the organization needed to take to advance its agenda. Ritu is undeniably a sector leader and a subject matter expert, and any group that leverages Ritu’s knowledge and professional style of delivery will only benefit in laying a solid foundation to become a diverse and culturally competent organization.