Our Areas of Expertise

Empowering Equity-Seeking Professionals

Empowerment Training is Key for Building Inclusive Organizations

Research has shown that experiences with bias often cause professionals from equity-seeking communities to mask aspects of their identities in the workplace. bci has developed a suite of targeted programming, practices and strategies to empower equity-seeking professionals to stand in their power in the face of bias, feel more confident, and experience heightened authenticity and belonging.

We are Passionate About Empowering Teams to Thrive

At bci, we are deeply committed to equipping professionals of color, women, LGBTQ+ professionals, and professionals from other equity-seeking communities with the tools to succeed. Our hands-on style of teaching combines a recognition of systemic barriers to advancement with a deep expertise in healing racialized trauma — including the teachings from Ritu’s books We’ve Got This and The Authenticity Principle, guidebooks for those looking to live their best, both personally and professionally.

Why Choose bci for Your Empowerment Training

Empowering equity-seeking communities is the heart of all the work we do at bci and we have built deep expertise in this area. We are committed to providing practical strategies around how to embrace and leverage cultural differences so that everyone can experience heightened authenticity, belonging, and advancement at work.

We have facilitated hundreds of workshops targeted to equity-seeking communities and have developed empowerment programming that focuses on the specific opportunities and challenges that equity-seeking professionals face in the workplace. Our facilitators draw on their personal experiences navigating biased corporate cultures to tackle these issues in an empathetic yet straightforward and practical way.

We combine a recognition of systemic barriers to advancement with a deep expertise in healing racialized trauma, allowing us to bring a more nuanced approach to our programming.

We consistently receive feedback that the transparent and inclusive ways in which we teach inspires participants to excel both personally and professionally.

Finding Ways to Thrive at Work as an Equity-Seeking Professional

Navigating the pressures and expectations of the workplace can be complicated and challenging for underrepresented professionals at the best of times, let alone in the wake of rapidly changing work environments affected by political shifts, trauma-inducing events, and justice movements.

Our targeted empowerment training teaches your teams to leverage leadership, empowerment, and wellness strategies so that they can thrive personally and professionally during this difficult time. From bias awareness and claiming belonging to wellness and mindfulness strategies, our training equips equity-seeking professionals with key strategies for thriving in their career advancement, standing in their power, being authentic, and claiming belonging.

Did You Know?

The internalization of bias is a real thing.

When we grow up with constant messaging to change who we are, it can lead us to internalize the negative messaging coming our way and believe that there is, in fact, something wrong with us because we are different.

We can come to believe the negative messaging, the biases, the assumptions, and the judgment. We can stop believing in ourselves, and we start to feel unworthy, which can lead us to self-censor, to lean out as opposed to leaning in and more.

Essentially it can lead to self-hate.

Leadership Coaching for Professionals of Color

We want to help professionals of color thrive as they enter and move through leadership ranks, which is why we offer a performance coaching program designed specifically for professionals of color.

This program, developed by DEI and empowerment coach Dr. Komal Bhasin, provides targeted coaching to help leaders of color harness their place, position and identity in order to thrive in the workplace and beyond.

All of bci’s empowerment training for equity-seeking professionals can be offered in a webinar or virtual workshop format.

We’ve Got This

Unlocking the Beauty of Belonging

Many of us feel constant pressure to mask and curate who we are — to perform as someone we’re not rather than be who we are. And it hurts us. But we don’t need to live this way.

With We’ve Got This, Ritu offers readers a roadmap for how to claim belonging so that you can thrive. And it also offers leaders an opportunity to become better allies by practicing empathy and learning about the barriers to belonging — all to unlock belonging for yourself and for others.

The Authenticity Principle

Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead

Ritu’s story is a relatable one — it is the human story of our search for belonging. In her book, The Authenticity Principle, Ritu breaks down how it feels to be the “other” and introduces an innovative framework that acknowledges the systemic barriers that women, People of Color and professionals from other equity-seeking communities face, while also inspiring and empowering everyone to be the truest version of themselves that they can be. A must read!

3D rendering of the book cover of The Authenticity Principle by Ritu Bhasin

Resources for Empowering Equity-Seeking Professionals


5 Strategies to Thrive as a BIPOC Professional in the Face of Racial Bias


Empowerment Masterclass


My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

by Resmaa Menakem


The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

by Minda Harts

Interested in building a more inclusive workplace?

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Dr. Komal Bhasin, MSW, MHSc, DocSocSci

Komal is bci’s Senior DEI Consultant and Mental Health Expert-in-Residence and an accomplished DEI facilitator, coach, and strategist. Komal has over 20 years of experience in providing strategic and advisory guidance and program development across a range of sectors, with a particular concentration in mental health and racial inclusion. Komal is also the founder of Insayva Inc., a social enterprise focused on providing accessible DEI and health equity support to charities and non-profit organizations.

Komal has extensive experience in creating and delivering programming in a range of DEI areas, including unconscious bias, cultural competence, mental health inclusion, psychological safety, and allyship. She is passionate about driving transformational change in workplaces and has worked closely with bci clients — corporations, professional services firms, health care providers, and educational institutions — to embed cultures of DEI within their organizations.

Komal has provided one-on-one inclusion coaching to hundreds of senior leaders and brings a unique approach that is informed by her background as a therapist. She is able to expertly handle sensitive conversations and situations and works with leaders to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to advance racial/ethnocultural, gender, and mental health-related equity across teams and organizations. Komal also offers a performance coaching program designed specifically for BIPOC leaders. This program aims to help BIPOC leaders harness their place, position, and identity to thrive in the workplace and beyond. Komal is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

As bci’s Mental Health Expert-in-Residence, Komal offers tremendous expertise around workplace mental health. As a doctoral trained mental health clinician, certified health executive, and registered social worker, Komal has assisted organizations looking to advance employee mental health inclusion and well-being through offering programming on inclusive dialogue, anti-stigma, burnout prevention, psychological safety, resilience, and self-care. Komal is committed to advancing mental health and wellness across the life course; she currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario and previously served on the board of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

When Komal is not working, you’ll find her painting, cooking or snuggling with her cat.