Principal ConsultantCompany: Essential Conversations Group
Role: Session Presenter
2019 Conference Session:
(CANCELLED) The Power of Narrative in Building Engaged, Inclusive Communities
2020 Conference Session: The Power of Narrative in Building Engaged, Inclusive Communities (S1-F)
Dominic J. Perri, principal consultant at Essential Conversations Group, is a nationally recognized consultant providing strategic planning, leadership training and facilitation to more than 100 organizations in more than 25 states. Dominic has extensive experience in partnering with organizations to develop inclusive workplaces and organizations. He serves as a consultant to Cook Ross, Inc., an internationally recognized consultancy working in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and organizational change.
Dominic’s recent projects include designing and delivering leadership training programs for CareerBuilder, McKesson Specialty Health, Consulate Healthcare and Chicago Symphony Orchestra; delivering diversity culture assessments for the University of Kentucky, Dot Foods and United Way of Central Indiana; and developing and leading change management processes for Randstad Corporation, Spherion Corporation and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Dominic recently co-authored a national study of strategic planning practices among nonprofits, published in the journal Strategy & Leadership. He has presented at numerous national conferences on topics including increasing collaboration and teamwork and managing people of different generations. Dominic facilitates groups ranging in size from small leadership teams to national gatherings of hundreds of people. He has extensive experience in developing and analyzing surveys and focus groups from his work at research centers at the University of Maryland–College Park and Georgetown University.
Dominic has served as a faculty member for The Hay Leadership Project at DePaul University and has been a member of the board of directors of the Organization Development Network of Chicago. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in physics from The Catholic University of America. He also has a Master of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Maryland–College Park. He is a certified executive coach whose clients include university presidents, corporate CEOs and national religious leaders.
In addition to his professional work, Dominic enjoys cooking, Renaissance Italian art, and European soccer. He lives with his wife, Patricia, and their two daughters in Elmhurst, Ill.