Bernard Coleman
Global Head of Inclusive Engagement, Uber Technologies, Inc.

Presentation Topic: The Economic Importance of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

noon Thursday November 21
Luncheon sponsored by:


$25 per seat, includes lunch

One table equals eight seats. Online reservations are available until 24 hours prior to the luncheon. Please call 330-247-8682 for last minute reservations.

Meal selection must be made at time of reservation.

Luncheon Schedule

  1. 11:30 am - Will-call tickets available
  2. 11:45 am - Doors open
  3. 12:00 pm - Lunch served
  4. 12:20 pm - Presentation begins
  5. 1:00 pm - Luncheon concludes


Quaker Station
135 South Broadway Street
Akron, OH 44308

Luncheon Menu

Smoked Beef Brisket served with O'Brian potatoes and Succotash. BBQ sauce on the side

Vegetarian: Smoked Tempeh served with O'Brian potatoes and Succotash

about the speaker

Presentation Overview: In this talk, participants will gain an understanding of the business case for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. Specifically, developing intercultural competence is of paramount importance in navigating an ever evolving global wokforce. Coleman will explain how understanding and achieving equity ultimately benefits society as well as business.

Bernard is the Global Head of Inclusive Engagement at Uber Technologies Inc. In this role, Bernard drives the diversity and inclusion programs and his efforts span the boundaries of Uber working in close collaboration with people program areas like human resources, talent recruitment, analytics, marketing, communications, and branding in an effort to enhance diversity throughout Uber.  

Prior to joining Uber, Bernard led the diversity and human resources initiatives at the Hillary Clinton for America campaign as the first ever in United States history, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer for any presidential campaign for either political party. Bernard helped to develop the campaign’s institutional planning in support of the mission and goals as well as assessing the strategic diversity indicators and standards that ensure responsibility and accountability for achieving diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competence within the diversity and inclusion matrix.

Bernard previously served at the Democratic National Committee for six years as the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and the Director of Human Resources, helping modernize the DNC's human capital operations – moving from transactional to tactical. As part of the modernization, Coleman helped to promote greater pay equity, diversification of staff, the creation of safer spaces, greater cross-cultural competence across the organization culminating in fuller partner relationships and enhanced multiculturalism.

Bernard has also held senior level roles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Government of the District of Columbia.

In addition, Bernard has written for Forbes, Catalyst, the Society for Human Resource Management and his insights have appeared in media outlets such as Nasdaq Government Clearinghouse and the Huffington Post. Coleman holds an M.B.A. in international business from Trinity University, a B.A. in psychology from Hampton University and an Executive Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management certification from Georgetown University. Bernard is also a graduate of the University of Virginia's Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Named a 2018 American Council of Young Political Leaders Fellow, a 2018 Black Enterprise Top Executive in Corporate Diversity, recognized as one of the Top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology in 2017 by the National Diversity Council, Bernard was also honored as one of Hampton University’s Inaugural Forty Under 40 honorees, as well as The Network Journal’s 2017 “40 Under Forty” honoree. Bernard is a SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Expertise Panelist and also serves on the Cultural Vistas, Tides Advocacy Fund and Paladin boards, respectively.

Bernard resides in the Washington DC area with his wife Edda Collins Coleman and three daughters.