President of Hanamura Consulting, Inc. with 30 years experience in the consulting, training and speaking profession.
Steve founded Hanamura Consulting, Inc. in 1986. He is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, managing personal and organizational change and working with generational differences.
Hanamura Consulting serves businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions of all sizes throughout the country. A partial listing includes Nike, American Airlines, ESPN, California State Automobile Association, Safeway, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, March of Dimes, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Pace University, Omaha (NE) School District and Beaverton (OR) School District.
Steve has authored two books, In Search of Vision(Global Insights, 2000) and I Can See Clearly (Renaissance Publishers, 2005) and has written many journal articles. He was recognized as one of forty diversity pioneers in the July/August 2007 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Steve received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.
Shortly after I moved to Portland in 1980, a colleague, knowing my background with high school and college choirs, invited me to join the Choral Arts Ensemble, a forty-voice group that primarily sang classical music. Oddly enough we were invited to sing back up on a number with singer/songwriter Barry Manilow during his concert here in town. Read more
One of the books I was reading in 1968 as I was finishing up work on my master's degree from the University of Oregon was Black Rage by Drs. Price Cobbs and William Grier, both psychiatrists, both black men. The book was released following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and received significant attention, eventually leading to a television special. Dr. Cobbs had participated in the march to Selma and was active in the civil rights movement. Read more
As a young boy, my parents told me there were three topics I should never address with adults - age, religion, and politics. I'm not quite sure why I was given that directive, but it seemed that every kid I knew got the same lecture. I think it had something to do with respecting people's privacy and in the 1950s the climate was pretty reserved and many things were kept "close to the vest". Read more
A well-known consultant and speaker, Ken Blanchard, says that there are four things that must be in place to help an organization be successful - mission, vision, values and direction. As I think about these four attributes, it would seem that mission and values represent the places we must work from while vision and direction assist us to move forward. Read more
For the past two years I've been struggling with a way to address the topic of race in America, both individually and corporately. This week I had the opportunity to be with some people at a local organization to discuss the direct and indirect impact the recent events are having on peoples' lives. One of the participants said, I can't bring my whole self to work when I'm feeling frustrated / sad / frightened. Read more
I was sitting in the office of a chief diversity officer for a large corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had just completed a session on leadership, diversity and inclusion. The topic of race relations surfaced and she began to tell me about a time when she packed a box lunch for her son who was leaving to drive to Atlanta. Read more
In July I began writing about the intersection between leadership, conflict and character. There were two main drivers for undertaking this project. First I was frustrated with the political processes that had taken place in 2008 and again in 2012. Campaign slanders and the inability to get things done were pushing me to ask the question why we can’t do something about this process. Read more
When I have a room full of people come together to explore the dynamics of diversity, I first give them a brief history lesson of how diversity, inclusion, and intercultural communication became important workplace topics. We got into diversity in the first place due to compliance, legislation that states that we can no longer discriminate against people based on their race, gender, or religious background. Read more
Every year our firm sponsors a twelve person running team that takes part in a 200 mile relay from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to the beach in Seaside, OR. The course is divided into 36 “legs” ranging in length between four and seven miles; each team member runs a total of three legs. This was our 19th year sponsoring a team and we were a diverse group. Read more
The diversity and inclusion field has become a full blown profession consisting of internal and external practitioners. Due to the complexities of meeting individual and organizational needs it may sometimes be hard to determine what standards or boundaries are necessary to meet client needs. Read more
I am struck by the progress we are making in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, both externally and internally, knowing full well there are differences in approach and philosophy. This article is devoted to examining how we might need to expand our sphere of influence to include some of the outside forces that do not directly apply to our specific places of work, but rather the items which undergird our overall make up as a nation and possibly the world at large. Read more
It seems that in the fast and faster pace of today’s world we may be accomplishing more, but at what cost. We can get “there” in less time thanks to faster planes, trains, autos and GPS. We can get in touch faster because of e-mail, Instant Messaging and 4G phones. With the internet we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Yet how much have we really accomplished in human relationships, with diversity and inclusion? Read more
Choir was such a positive experience for me at my high school in California that I was determined to find a college where I could continue singing and use that forum to meet new people.
I heard about a small college in McMinnville, OR with a student body of 1,000 and a 40 voice choir that toured – just what I was looking for! Read more
In the mid 1990s I was asked to assist a government agency to address some challenges they were having with their diversity council and affinity groups. The proponents of diversity had fought hard to establish a diversity network within the organization, but due to a conflict between two of the affinity groups - the gay/lesbians and the Christians - the administrator threatened to shut down the entire initiative if the two groups in question didn’t “get their act together.” Read more
As we look at how business is developing in 2009, one of the social phenomena is the attention being given to “inclusion.” For some of us it is hard to understand how or why this term is just now becoming a primary focus. Inclusion has been around long before diversity became a business consideration, a global industry of its own. Read more
Where were you November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated? What were you doing on September 11, 2001? In both instances, people were able to tell exactly where they were or what they were doing. I told them that November 4, 2008 might be another important time when we remember where we were. Read more
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