Michael Bell

Michael Bell, a graduate of Cornell University, is a founder and principal of InPartnership Consulting, an organizational development and strategic change firm that assesses, designs and delivers programs that foster inclusive environments in which leadership and teamwork can flourish. Michael's doctoral studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) were in cross-cultural communication with a focus on “Adult Learning and Change.” He has been a core member of two national think tanks, Fetzer Institute’s “Healing the Heart of Diversity” and the “Bohmian Dialogue Research Group." His work is grounded in systems thinking, cultural competence training, and transformative learning theories. Michael also has more than ten years of training in Powerful Non-Defensive Communication.

Michael is an expert in assisting organizations in understanding their cultures and their need for transformational learning. Participating managers and employees have the opportunity to change fundamental behaviors in the workplace. Participants not only gain awareness and appreciation for cultural differences, but also learn how to leverage the talents and skills of all staff in support of the organization’s mission. Programs combine building awareness with practical skills training to take account of the changing demographics of our society and workplaces. Michael designs state-of-the-art training, leadership development programs and conference presentations and serves as an international consultant and coach for executives charged with leading and implementing change initiatives.

Together with Mercedes Martin, co-founder of inPartnership Consulting, Michael was responsible for the published research “Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs.” Michael and Mercedes have also designed mentoring programs that are helping to build the next generation of leaders for Fortune 100 companies.

To contribute to leadership development in the nonprofit sector, Michael serves as a faculty member for the Rockwood Leadership Program — a group that has convened to teach leaders of progressive nonprofits how to powerfully align and inspire themselves and others toward common goals and high quality results.

A dynamic leader known for his great warmth and humor, Micheal uses highly effective teaching methods to bring the most current information and skills to people and organizations. Recognized internationally as an expert in organizational development and cross-cultural communication, he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and tackle the tough issues.


Michael specializes in organizational assessment, leadership development, strategic planning, cultural competence, and global team-building.


Michael's Clients Include: Amdahl Computers, Amnesty International, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bechtel, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Daimler-Chrysler, Genentec, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, the Kellogg Company, Littler and Mendolsen, Merck and Co., San Francisco Airport, Sheraton Hotels, Social Security Administration, Sun Microsystems, the Gap, International Association of Arts, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation , the National Black Justice Coalition, SC Johnson, Port of Oakland, Haas School of Business; UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt University and the United Nations.

Michael has provided Keynotes and Presentations at Conferences, such as: Creating Change, Building Effectiveness as a Nonprofit Leader; NCORE: From Where I Began . . . Perspectives on Diversity and Organizational Change; and Diversity Leadership Conference, Washington DC: Globalization — Another Face on Diversity.


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