President, Diversity Best Practices
Andrés Tapia is President of Diversity Best Practices, the preeminent diversity and inclusion thinktank and consultancy. Previously he served as Hewitt’s Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader for seven years, where he was responsible for leading the company’s internal and external diversity vision and strategies.
Andrés is a published writer and prominent speaker. He is the author of The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity (2009). As a journalist, he covered social trends in the U.S. and Latin America via articles appearing in many global and industry publications and has been interviewed by major media outlets.
His experiences in the US, China, India, Canada, the UK, Spain, Kenya, and throughout Latin America and his native Perú have equipped him with a true global perspective. By working with dozens of Diversity Best Practices Consulting’s FORTUNE 500 multinational clients, as well as with public schools, arts organizations, and law enforcement agencies, Andrés knows how to generate a diverse, high performing workforce across industries. His innovative approaches in fostering inclusive work environments lead to a body of work that moves beyond Diversity 1.0 and into the next generation of global, profitable, and sustainable diversity work.
Andrés has created several groundbreaking and high-impact diversity learning and multicultural marketing programs and was the catalyst for a groundbreaking Hewitt/Ariel study on retirement savings that found that race/ethnicity is a greater determinant of differences in savings behaviors than income.
Andrés has received the following recognitions: He is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2008), Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Éxito Award (2008), Chicago United’s Business Leader of Color Award (2007), CDO Exemplary List published by Diversity Best Practices in FORTUNE magazine (2006), the Corporate Diversity Program and Diversity Ad Campaign of the Year granted by the Minorities in Advertising Foundation (2006), and the Hewitt Exemplary Leader Award (2005). He is also on the Board of Luna Negra Dance Theatre.
Andrés holds a B.A. in History with an emphasis in journalism and political science from Northwestern University. He is married to Lori, a musician, and they have a 20-year-old daughter, Marisela who is a flamenco dancer.