Andrés Tapia

Why Diversity is Upside Down
Chicago, IL

Big Idea:
We live in an Upside Down World. So much of what we know of how the world works has been flipped on its head. The US’ position in geopolitics. The way healthcare will work in the US. How products get manufactured. How we consume entertainment. How we connect with one another. The best practices have become obsolete. But we’re not sure what the new and next practices are.  If all these and many more things are in the midst of questioning their basic presuppositions, then diversity should be no different.  In what ways is diversity upside down?


Andrés has been one of the leading voices in shaping a contemporary, next generation approach to diversity and inclusion. The approach is global, deeply integrated into talent systems, and focused on enabling marketplace success.  He has over 25 years of experience as a C-suite management consultant, diversity executive, organizational development and training professional, and journalist.

Andrés joined Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting from Diversity Best Practices, a diversity and inclusion think-tank and consultancy, where he acted as President and was responsible for the organization’s overall vision, strategy, and outcomes. Prior to his tenure there, he acted as Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader for Hewitt Associates and was responsible for shaping and leading that organization’s internal diversity transformation as well as its diversity consultancy.

Throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and his native Latin America, Andrés has served clients in shaping their enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion business cases and strategies across industries – including financial, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, not-for-profits, and education — with dozens of Global 500 organizations such as John Deere, Marriott, United, Target, Cigna and Novartis as well as non-US multinationals in Brazil, South Korea, and India.

Andrés, the author of a groundbreaking book, “The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity,” is a frequently sought after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion. He is the recipient of numerous leadership and diversity awards and has served on a number of boards, including currently serving on the editorial board of Diversity Executive Magazine, the corporate advisory board for the Bentley University Center for Women and Business, and Ravinia Festival.

Andrés received a Bachelor’s degree in modern history from Northwestern University in the Chicago area with an emphasis in journalism and political science. He grew up in a bilingual/bicultural home in Lima, Perú. He is married to Lori and they have a 21-year-old daughter who is a flamenco dancer.