Meet Gardenswartz and Rowe.

Internationally Recognized Speakers, Authors, and Trainers in Diversity and Inclusion.

about gardenswartz

Lee Gardenswartz

about rowe

Anita Rowe

Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D. and Anita Rowe, Ph.D., partners in Gardenswartz & Rowe and the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute, began helping organizations with diversity in 1977 when they worked with Los Angeles Unified School District to deal with its diversity challenges at the time of mandatory integration. Since that time they have specialized in diversity and inclusion consulting for a variety of regional and national clients, helping them manage change, build productive and cohesive work teams, create inter-cultural understanding and leverage the potential of diversity in the workplace.

In addition to direct client relationships, Lee and Anita have also helped organizations through their writing on diversity. They have co-authored a series of books including Managing Diversity: A Complete Desk Reference and Planning Guide (1993, 1998, 2010), which won the book of the year award from SHRM, The Diversity Tool Kit (1994, 2010), Diverse Teams at Work (1995, 2003), Managing Diversity in Health Care (1998), The Global Diversity Desk Reference (2003) and Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World (2008). They have also written articles on diversity for publications such as Physician Executive, College and University Personnel Journal and have been featured in Personnel Journal.

Among Gardenswartz & Rowe's clients are UCLA, Farm Credit Services of America, Harvard Medical School, University of Wisconsin, Cox Communications, IRS, Notre Dame University, Union Bank, Zenith, Sempra Energy, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon State Bar, Boeing, Shell Oil Company, and Progress Energy. Named legends and pioneers in the field, Anita and Lee have lectured widely, giving keynote speeches, facilitating team building retreats and teaching seminars across the country. Gardenswartz & Rowe's principals also continue to teach about diversity, not only through training in client organizations, but also institutions such as the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon and the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute.

about laufman

Megan Laufman

Megan Laufman is a leadership and executive coach and consultant who has broad experience working with individuals within organizations in various industries, functions and levels. In her coaching practice, Megan consistently applies the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity model and tools with clients to lead them to a place of greater awareness and openness to change. Additionally, she has completed a number of diversity search initiatives and incorporates Gardenswartz & Rowe’s ‘Four Layers of Diversity’ model in all the work that she does. She is passionate about helping others reach their highest potential and provides clients with tools to better understand themselves in relation to their environment. Megan additionally utilizes methods from her trainings with the Center for Council and facilitates grief support groups with Our House.

Prior to becoming a coach, Megan was a Consultant in Executive Search and spent ten years working with two global, retained executive search firms. In that time, she worked closely with large and small organizations to solve talent problems and was skillful in identifying the right candidates to succeed in certain environments. With wide-ranging experience in both the executive search and coaching industries, Megan has served a variety of clients in their transformation and talent needs and has successfully placed senior-level executives in publicly-held and privately-owned companies. Megan graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Communication.

Our Philosophy and Approach to Workplace Diversity

Gardenswartz & Rowe is committed to creating organizational environments that welcome and include everyone while diminishing and excluding no one. Whether through training, consulting, or writing books and training materials, our work with organizations draws us toward creating organizational climates permeated with respect and dignity, places where healthy, resilient and productive people have an opportunity to flourish.

Diversity in today's global organizations gives us a prime arena in which to do this work. Over the years, we have developed a belief system and a paradigm for dealing with diversity that is rooted in the following principles.

about principles
  • Diversity is an "inside job," meaning that diversity is not about "them." Rather, it is about each person coming to terms with his or her attitudes, beliefs, and expectations about others.
  • Diversity goes beyond race and gender. The diversity tent is big enough to include everyone...young and old, homeless and affluent, immigrant and native, white and black, gang members and corporate professionals.
  • No one is the target of blame for current inequities, however, all of us have responsibility for removing them. Human beings have been socialized to behave in certain ways, and all of us are at times both perpetrators and victims of discrimination and stereotypes.
  • Human beings are ethnocentric, seeing the world through their own narrow view and judging the world by their familiar yardstick.
  • The human species resists change, continuing to seek homeostasis. This makes the constant adaptation required by diversity difficult for people already overwhelmed by staggering transitions.
  • Human beings find comfort and trust in likeness. There is a tendency to initially seek the company of those most similar to us.
  • It is difficult for people to share power. History shows us that we rarely do it voluntarily.
  • Diversity is a strategic business issue.

Gardenswartz & Rowe are also partners in the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute.