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Reconsidering the Value of Diverse Leadership

Michael F. Charles, Principal, Change DeZign Consulting

Michael F. Charles is a lawyer in the Province of Ontario and Principal of Change DeZign Consulting. To this management consultancy, Michael brings more than 15 years diverse professional experience to the Firm’s focus providing Diversity & Inclusion and Organization Development services to public, private and not-for-profit organizations. He has developed a distinguished group of clients representing professional associations, financial institutions, health care agencies, municipal institutions, the federal government, and national research organizations. Often retained as a diversity and inclusion subject matter expert, Michael brings a reputation for innovative solutions to engagements. A frequent speaker and author on matters of workforce adaptation, inclusion, and human rights, he is among Canada’s diversity and inclusion thought leadership.

Michael engages the community on issues involving international human rights and cultural inclusion. He currently serves as the LGBT Chair to the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch (Canada). At the local level, he is an advisor to the Environics Institute study of the “Black Experience in the Greater Toronto Area”. Past service includes directorships and executive directorships on the Boards of Skills for Change - an immigrant settlement agency, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada) respectively.

Michael holds a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Toronto, and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, the leading cultural competency assessment tool.

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