How to Create Belonging in the Workplace – It Matters

How to Create Belonging in the Workplace – It Matters Belonging in the workplace matters. And it matters more now than ever before. As I share in my bestselling and award-winning book We’ve Got This, belonging is the profound feeling of being accepted for who you are by your own self and by the people […]

DEI (and B for Belonging) are Here to Stay – Predictions for 2024

DEI (and B for Belonging) are Here to Stay – Predictions for 2024 “We’re doubling down on our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.” “We’re not watering down the language or substance of our DEI programming.” “We’re keeping the D, the E, and the I… and, in fact, we’re adding in the B for Belonging.” “We […]

We Must Keep Talking About White Fragility

Last week, we kicked off Black History Month, a celebration of Black history and excellence, and a continued moment to focus on interrupting the ways in which anti-Black racism permeates our workplaces and society at large. Over the last few years, it was so encouraging to see organizations working actively to address systemic racism and […]

4 Key DEI Areas to Focus on in the New Year

Ritu Bhasin speaking on a conference stage next to a projector screen

As we kick off 2022, DEI professionals and HR leaders are giving much thought to the key diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) areas to focus on in the year ahead. Here are four key DEI trends that organizations should make a key focus for 2022.

4 Ways to be a Better Ally to Your Sikh Colleagues and Friends

Ritu Bhasin and Dr. Komal Bhasin having a conversation next to a projector screen in a conference room

For many people of Indian descent, watching the farmers’ protests in India over the last several months has been very difficult because of the spotlight on injustices, violations of human and civil liberties and more. Here’s what you can do to be an ally to your Sikh colleagues during this difficult moment.

5 Ways to Move Inclusion Forward in the New Year

Ritu Bhasin teaching an inclusion workshop to a group of diverse professionals

The last year has been a tumultuous and heart-wrenching time, with many of us facing a seemingly endless procession of inclusion challenges. Here are five of the strategies we can all focus on as leaders, team members and allies in order to keep pushing for a more inclusive world.

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.