Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Douglas C. Freeman

President of Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership Practice, UWG

Douglas C. Freeman is the President of the Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership practice, the diversity and inclusion division at UniWorld Group, Inc. a global, multicultural, communication and advertising firm. Global Reflections is a sophisticated line of client offerings that provide corporations with a deep portfolio of holistic diversity and inclusion best practices, customized to the client’s specific business needs. Mr. Freeman and UWG have completed diversity and inclusion projects for some of the world’s leading organizations, from Disney and Major League Baseball to Morgan Stanley and the European Union Commission in Brussels.

Highlights 2000 to Present:

  • Founder, MyFair: Diversity recruitment model for an individual corporation (inverse of career fair model), attracting hard-to-find STEM talent, utilizing a database of over 1M high school, college and young professional candidates. Examples: GMFair and RicohFair
  • Founder, Inclusive Business Skills™: World’s only 7-part diversity and inclusion training program, proven to engage “the frozen middle management” layer and transform middle managers into Diversity Champions
  • Founder, Mobile Diversity Learning: Over 100,000 employees have been offered Virtcom e-learning courses
  • Founder, World Diversity Leadership Summit: Trained over 3,000 diversity and inclusion practitioners
  • Founder, d-ROI — “big data” analytics and metrics solution: diversity–Return on Investment™; over $1B in proven (i.e., measured) cost savings and revenue growth
  • Founder, Global Women’s Leadership Forum©: One of the first women’s middle management leadership development events; launched in Europe and migrated to the United States
  • Founder, Global Partners Program: 1-year bootcamp of consortium multinationals designed to launch diversity initiatives outside the United States

Mr. Freeman has served as Vice Chairman of the United Nations Gender Equality Experts Panel, was named a 40Under40 business leader by the NYC Network Journal and is a former board trustee of Georgetown College (US educational partner of Regents Park College, Oxford University). He recently served on the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

Mr. Freeman holds a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, an MBA Essentials credential from the London School of Economics, along with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Freeman attended Harvard University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, completed his graduate degree focused on International Trade and Finance, and received the top grade (“A”) for his master’s thesis work.

He is a two-time British Columbia Under-19 Rugby All-Star; was a two-time Canadian Universities “All-Canadian” (Ontario Universities) and was selected for the Canada Under-21 team as a Rugby All-Star. Mr. Freeman is the son of Emmy Award-winning conductor Maestro Paul Freeman, the first African-American to lead a Canadian Symphony Orchestra.