Cultivating Workplaces of Belonging


Belonging – it's the reason why I started my business, and it's the driving force behind why I've dedicated my career to inspiring others to open their hearts and minds to new people, ideas, and experiences. Embracing my purpose has empowered me to spend the best waking hours of my day helping leaders cultivate a sense of belonging for tens of thousands of employees across a variety of sectors. This work continues to positively impact so many people's 9-5 experiences.
In the early days of my career, belonging at work felt elusive. I entered the workforce in 2002. This was a period where I was early in my gender transition. Looking back on my workplace experiences, I was pretty lucky to even have a job considering the significant employment barriers that so many of my fellow transgender & non-binary family members still endure. Despite the challenges I overcame in the early days of my career, in my heart I knew they offered great lessons that I could later share with the world.

Now, I have the privilege of helping senior executives cultivate workplace cultures of belonging for underrepresented employees who struggle with feeling valued, respected, and rewarded for the contributions they make every day. I'm also helping entrepreneurs, and those on their way to joining them, build the workplace cultures they have dreamed of creating. It's an honor to offer coaching and weekly mentorship to fellow visionaries working to build a better world. 

As an ongoing promise to you, I remain committed to offering strategies, relevant content, and opportunities to help cultivate a sense of belonging within your workplace. The following items offer just a flavor of the rich content you can access on my firm's blogpodcast, and at live events:

  • Webinar: 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Trends. On Thursday, April 12 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET, I’ll be leading an executive briefing for HR and diversity professionals. The webinar focuses on several leading strategies to translate a workplace's diversity, equity, and inclusion ethos into everyday practice. The conversation is ideal for professionals in the workforce interested in connecting with a community of HR and diversity professionals, gaining news strategies, and sharing what's working well for them. Save your seat by registering today.                                                                                                                                          
  • Take the 30-Day Pride Challenge. Join a community of passionate workforce champions and gain the skills and confidence to cultivate workplace cultures of belonging for LGBTQ stakeholders. Once you're enrolled, you'll receive one strategy emailed every day during the month of June. Participants will also have access to a 90-minute group coaching session with fellow workforce champions, and you'll also have access to a private FaceBook Community designed to keep you inspired year-round! Learn more and register here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • E-Learning: LGBTQ Inclusion Program. After Pride, consider joining a growing network of executive, human resources, and diversity professionals who are alums of the LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program. The program offers individual and group mentorship for professionals who desire to transform their workplaces into ones that are more inclusive of LGBTQ people. With a proven system, participants learn how to eliminate overwhelm and confusion by clarifying the basics of what's required to manage and sustain culture change initiatives. The next offering of this program kicks off on Monday, July 2. Save your seat by enrolling today.

As I continue to build a purpose-driven business designed to make it easier for professionals to bring their whole selves to work, I am eager to learn more about the specific challenges you are looking to address, and how I can offer support or guidance. I encourage you to let me know how I can help by sending a quick email.

Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.