Ruth Bernstein

Dr. Ruth Sessler Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management at the Pepperdine University. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS from Brown University both in Geology. Subsequently she received a MA in Philanthropy from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy and a Doctorate of Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of management. She was an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma (2015-2020). Her publication and research interests focus on (1) diversity and inclusive interactions, and (2) nonprofit governance. In 2021, her book Performance Through Diversity and Inclusion: Leveraging Organizational Practices for Equity and Results was published with co-authors Judy Weisinger and Paul Salipante. Dr. Bernstein is a regular presenter at ARNOVA (Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and AOM (Academy of Management). Her publications have appeared in numerous nonprofit and management journals, including Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics. In her free time, you can find her reading great books, or outside hiking, kayaking, and skiing with family and friends.

To improve on over 60 years of attempts to achieve fairness and performance from diversity, Performance through Diversity and Inclusion: Leveraging Organizational Practices for Equity and Results is aimed at being smarter with our efforts. Based on knowledge from large bodies of research and illustrated with successful cases, the book provides practical guidance for managers, leaders, diversity officers, educators and students to achieve the benefits of diversity by taking advantage of opportunities to create meaningful, inclusive interactions. Implementing inclusive interaction practices, along with accountability practices, enhances performance outcomes for the organization and improves equity for members of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. The book is available at: