Strategies to Deepen Your Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practice

Click on the video above to learn more about the mentorship opportunities Rhodes is offering to executive, HR, and diversity professionals. 

To everything,
There is a season,
And a time to every purpose.
— The Byrds

This year continues to underscore the importance and relevance of the work so many within the RPC community accomplish every day: transforming workplace cultures into ones that are more fair and just. Having worked with over two dozen transgender and gender diverse leaders earlier this year, it's very clear that our work is certainly moving the needle in the right direction. Yet, it's imperative that we step on the gas to better meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our communities. So many immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ folks, women, and those living at the intersections rely on our leadership to build businesses fit for the 21st Century, and expand economic opportunities to those that need them the most.

Below, please find a few resources to help deepen your own diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. The information included below will empower you to stitch in the most essential solutions to transform your own workplace culture:

  • Gain a Mentor This Pride Season. In March, I mentored 10 incredibly dedicated HR and diversity professionals through the LGBTQ A-Z Certification Program. The mentorship program supports professionals who desire to transform their workplaces into ones that are more inclusive of LGBTQ people, but aren’t sure where to start. 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, June 5. Secure your seat by enrolling in the program today.                                                                                                    
  • Save the Date! If you’d like to learn more about The LGBTQ A-Z Certification, and hear from students who benefited from the program, I’ll be offering a FREE live Q&A webinar on Friday, May 5 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern. I encourage you to share this registration information with other professionals who struggle with finding strategies designed to build more inclusive workplaces – strategies that don’t consume too much time, or break the bank. Be sure to register today, and don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!                                                                                                    
  • Pride Speaking Engagements. The past three months have allowed me to speak with professionals located in New York, California, Nebraska, & Oregon. Many of the topics have focused on how to welcome and include transgender and gender diverse people at work, how to protect LGBTQ young people in school and in child welfare settings, and how to manage diversity & inclusion workplace initiatives. With pride just around the corner, many of your staff may be interested in discussing these hot topics and more. Should you have a need for a guest speaker for Pride, please don't hesitate to schedule a consult today.                                                                                                     
  • The Out Entrepreneur. With almost 20 episodes available,The Out Entrepreneur offers weekly doses of courage and inspiration, helping entrepreneurs of all stripes navigate how they can bring their authentic selves to their work. The podcast has a very specific intention of helping inspire LGBTQ people consider taking the entrepreneurial leap, and supporting ally bosses understand what it takes to create inclusive workplaces. Tune into the show today by subscribing on iTunes, and consider leaving a rating and review.

Together we are infinite, and I'm incredibly grateful to continue working in collaboration with so many of you. Considering the rapidly changing cultural and political shifts taking root within our communities, our work is even more critical today than ever before. Should you need guidance or support along the way - whether in managing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at work, or with starting your own business, please reach out and schedule a 30-minute consult.


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.