Rhodes Perry

Founder and CEO

Company: Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC
Role: Session Presenter

2022 Conference Session: Imagine Belonging—an Organization Without White Supremacy Culture (FS-2B)
2022 Conference Session: Belonging At Work (BR1-B)

Rhodes Perry, MPA, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after keynote speaker. He helps leaders build psychological safety, trust, and belonging at work to achieve innovation, businesses success, and even industry breakthroughs. His consulting firm, Rhodes Perry Consulting, offers transformative leadership development, change management, and capacity-building solutions for senior executives focused on advancing their organizations’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments.

Nationally recognized as an LGBTQ+ thought leader, he has two decades of leadership experience having worked at the White House, the Department of Justice, and PFLAG National. Media outlets like Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Associated Press have featured his powerful work as a DEI influencer.

Rhodes is a founder of Belonging at Work Summit, a virtual learning collaborative that brings together tens of thousands of DEI learners annually. He also hosts the popular weekly podcast “The Out Entrepreneur,” which has empowered more than 70,000 LGBTQ+ and ally entrepreneurs pursue their professional passions by building the businesses of their dreams. He serves on the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce’s Transgender Inclusion Task Force and on the Cascade AIDS Project board of directors.

Rhodes published his best-selling book “Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Build an Inclusive Organization” in 2018 to empower business leaders, visionaries, and culture drivers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build belonging at work. His most recent book, “Imagine Belonging: Your Leadership Guide to Building an Equitable Workplace,” was published in January 2022 and expands upon many of the concepts featured in The Forum 2022 Conference workshop he’ll present.

Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and gender studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration from New York University.





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