The Authenticity Principle
Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead
To Ritu Bhasin, authenticity is everything. As a leadership and inclusion consultant, she works to build cultural competence and accountability in the workplace—and shows how productivity, engagement, and satisfaction are natural byproducts of people bringing their whole selves to work. Real authenticity is about letting people be who they really are, she says, including their differences: without fear, and without apology.
Ritu Bhasin’s daily mission is to create a more inclusive and empowered world. As the Founder and Principal of leadership and inclusion firm bhasin consulting inc., she coaches C-Suite leaders, executives, and diverse professionals on building cultural competence and leveraging their differences for success. As a global speaker, she challenges others to take ownership of their role in addressing racism, discrimination, and prejudice—and is a passionate champion of authentic leadership as a path to inclusion, empowerment, and success.
After years of this work, Ritu discovered an undeniable relationship between inclusion and authenticity, which is the focus of her upcoming book, The Authenticity Principle (coming this October). The book also includes insights from Ritu’s work as a yoga and mindfulness instructor—a practice she credits as being a key pillar of building personal and professional joy.
Ritu has received numerous awards for her commitment to social change, including the IndoCanadian Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year Award, the City of Toronto William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, and Western University’s Young Alumni Award.
Before founding bhasin consulting inc., Ritu was a practicing lawyer, and the director of legal talent at a preeminent Canadian law firm. She earned an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an LL.B. (With Distinction) from the University of Western Ontario, and she has served as an instructor in the Executive Program at the Rotman School of Management.
In order to build more empowered, inclusive, and innovative environments, we often encourage our teams and leaders to bring their “whole selves” to work. We know that this is important, because research points to authenticity as a critical component of engagement and wellbeing in the workplace. But how can we reconcile the message to “be yourself” with the simultaneous message to adhere to workplace culture? How can we bring more of our authentic selves, including our differences, to work without compromising our ability to succeed?
In this fascinating keynote, Bhasin introduces an innovative new framework called the Three Selves, which provides a methodology for choosing how and when to be your authentic self at work while achieving the success and belonging you need to feel engaged, purposeful, and empowered at work.
Today’s leaders find themselves in the hot seat. Top talent is more diverse than ever, across many identities—gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, personality type and more—and there is a growing demand for leaders who can attract and retain professionals across this dramatically shifting pool. But in a society where sameness and conformity is overwhelmingly favoured in work cultures, how can leaders do this effectively?
For leadership and inclusion expert Ritu Bhasin, it comes down to one thing: authentic leadership. How can we bring more of our authentic selves to how we lead in order to create an environment where others can do the same? In this dynamic keynote, Bhasin boldly declares authentic leadership to be the antidote to exclusionary work cultures, and shares practical tools for how to build more engaged, empowered, and inclusive environments.
We’re confronted daily with news stories that reveal a deep-rooted discomfort with differences in our world. Countless instances of fear, intolerance, and hate are erupting in the midst of an unprecedented political climate. And this has a profound effect upon those of us who exist outside of the dominant cultural norm—especially in a world that already pushes conformity.
What can we do, as individuals, and as organizations, to elevate ourselves and others to live authentically? How can we fight back against the self-limiting beliefs that result from constantly receiving negative messages about our identities? How can we consciously choose when and how to bring more of who we are to bear in our lives? In this no-holds-barred keynote, Ritu Bhasin tackles the question of how to honor authenticity in ourselves and others in the face of these challenges.
Ritu Bhasin didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While her early career was marked by success, and she’d landed what should have been the role of a lifetime, Ritu experienced a startling realization: that the person she was in her day-to-day life bore little resemblance to her true, authentic cultural self as a woman of color. And, most importantly, that racial, religious, gender, and class-based aspects of her identity were being minimized in favor of sameness and conformity.
In this compelling talk, Bhasin—now a global leadership and inclusion expert—shares the personal journey that helped her to live more authentically despite the many roadblocks in her way. She also shares her philosophy for authentic living, which is the focus of her forthcoming book The Authenticity Principle.