Ludmila Praslova

Psychology professor working to create wholly inclusive and equitable workplaces.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.


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A passionate swimmer and writer of poetry and fiction.


Ludmila’s work focuses on preventing organisations becoming toxic, causing employee disillusionment, and instead moving cultures towards systemic justice. She is passionate about designing systems where humans can be their creative, authentic, and fulfilled selves and her research focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and neurodiversity in the workplace. In her 2024 book, The Canary Code, Ludmila argues that a lack of flexibility, transparency, and psychological safety excludes neurodivergent, disabled, and multiply marginalized talent, causing employee stress and disengagement. She outlines six Canary Code principles that form a practical framework for leaders to help employees thrive – and unlock human productivity.


Ludmila is professor of industrial-organisational psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California. She teaches how to design healthier work environments and helps organisations create cultures where people of all backgrounds understand each other and thrive. Prior to her academic career, Ludmila built and led successful intercultural relations programs in global organisations. She graduated from the University of Akron with a PhD in industrial-organisational psychology.


The Canary Code A Guide to Neurodiversity, Dignity, and Intersectional Belonging at Work (Berrett-Koehler, 2024); Evidence-Based Organizational Practices for Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity (ed, Cambridge-Scholars Publishing, 2023); ‘An Intersectional Approach to Inclusion at Work(Harvard Business Review, June 2022); The Radical Promise of Truly Flexible Work (Harvard Business Review, August 2023); To build a healthy workplace, you need a toxic culture alarm (Fast Company, March 2022); ‘How Thought Leaders Can Support Workload Fairness (Psychology Today, December 2023); ‘How Managers Can Support Workload Equity(Psychology Today, December 2023); ‘How to Reclaim our Right to Rest – While Stigmatized(Psychology Today, December 2023); ‘Debunking Disability Employment Myths (Psychology Today, September 2023).

NATIONALITY: Russian/American

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The Canary Code is a game-changing look at organizational leadership and diversity.”

Dorie Clark, author of The Long Game and Entrepreneurial You

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