Our Managing Director for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Justice (EDIJ, formerly DEI), Antonio L. Cortes, PhD, is an Industrial/Organizational and Business Psychologist with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. In his current role, he provides strategic and operational leadership to the EDIJ practice area. Areas of support include Organizational Equity Assessments to uncover oversights in operations that lead to inequities, strategy development to solve unique organizational issues in the EDIJ space, global application of EDIJ concepts for multinational organizations and training on topics such as Building a Business Case for EDIJ, Implicit (Unconscious) Bias, Microaggressions and Systems Theory Application to Workforce Development.
In his previous role at a large national nonprofit, Antonio oversaw national organizational development strategies that contributed to the growth of an existing membership base consisting of three billion dollars in annual revenue across 2,700 U.S.-based locations. Antonio has engaged in EDIJ work focused on improving multiple levels of organizational functioning from personnel development to business model redesign to meet the needs of evolving customer groups. Antonio has significant experience facilitating EDIJ workshops with nonprofit organizations of varying sizes and geographies in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member leading graduate-level courses in Global HR, Managing Organizational Diversity, Organizational Behavior and Organizational Leadership.
Antonio holds an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in General Psychology from Purdue University in addition to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Business Psychology both from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. When asked for a fun fact about himself, he shared he takes pride in the fact that he has never once lost his keys or his wallet.
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