Our Managing Director for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Justice (EDIJ) (formerly DEI), Antonio L. Cortes, PhD, has over a decade of experience as an applied Industrial/Organizational and Business Psychologist in the nonprofit sector. In his current role, he functions as a senior advisor on methodologies to assess, plan and improve approaches to incorporating DEI into organizational operations. Areas of practice include Organizational Equity Analysis to uncover blind spots in operations which lead to inequities, Strategy Development to solve unique organizational issues in the DEI space, Global application of DEI concepts for multinational organizations and Training on DEI topics such as Building a Business Case for DEI, Implicit (unconscious) Bias, Microaggressions and Systems Theory Application to Workforce Development.
In his previous role at a large national nonprofit, Antonio maintained a track record of spearheading national organizational development strategies that contributed to the growth of an existing membership base consisting of three billion dollars in annual revenue across 2700 U.S.-based locations. Antonio has engaged in DEI 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 extensive experience facilitating national DEI workshops in a large nonprofit organization in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member leading graduate-level courses in Global HR, Managing Organizational Diversity and Organizational Leadership.
Antonio holds an Associate of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology from Purdue University in addition to a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Ph.D. in Business Psychology both from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. When asked about a fun fact about himself, he takes pride in the fact that he has never once lost his keys or his wallet.
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