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Dr. Derrick Gay    

International Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert

Dr. Derrick Gay is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist who consults with organizations, both domestically and abroad, Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with over 500 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen D&I capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategy to maximize business and education goals.

Dr. Gay’s clients range from financial services to schools, orchestras and foundations, to fashion and business universities, both domestically and abroad. Recent business clients include Phantom of the Opera, Tom Ford, Columbia Business School, Grosvenor GCM, Barilla, and Business of Fashion. Recent education clients include Sesame Street, KIPP Public Schools, International Fashion Academy, Latin School of Chicago, Colegio Nueva Granada, Lycée Français de Chicago, Lycée Français de San Francisco, Francis W. Parker, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, American Montessori Society, and Enrollment Management Association. Dr. Gay lectures MBA students at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris.

Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business of Fashion, The Huffington Post, El Tiempo Latino and on NPR, The Brian Leher Show, and 60 Minutes. He is also a Forbes contributor.

Dr. Gay can present in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Speech Topics


Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions

When it comes to unconscious bias and microaggressions you can’t fix what you can’t see. This practical and valuable keynote will help attendees cultivate knowledge and mitigation skills around common stereotypes.

Session Outcomes

  • Learn the science of unconscious bias
  • Identify the most frequent types of microaggressions that occur in the workplace
  • Learn strategies to intervene

The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity: Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion

Research is conclusive that diversity and inclusion efforts yield positive outcomes in firms. These benefits range from deeper employee satisfaction and engagement to lower attrition and cultivation of inclusive and productive teams that broaden client outreach and maximizes the bottom line.

Most companies, however, struggle with implementing diversity and inclusion efforts because of different understandings of diversity that are not inclusive of all backgrounds, while also not distinguishing representation from inclusion and belonging. During this interactive presentation, Dr. Gay will leverage his 25 years of experience as a strategist, researcher, educator, and consultant to reframe diversity in ways that drive inclusion and belonging and drive business outcomes.

Session Outcomes:

  • Reframe diversity in ways that are inclusive of all backgrounds to maximize employee engagement in diversity efforts
  • Distinguish diversity from inclusion and belonging
  • Learn specific benefits of belonging to deepen employee engagement and satisfaction to drive business outcomes
  • Learn current Diversity and Inclusion trends, pitfalls, and best practices

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