America’s most insightful and transformational diversity thought-leader, John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. is blazing new trails in the practice of Diversity & Inclusion. He leads the Strategic Diversity Management Movement, which places diversity in the realm of organizational strategy rather than human resources as a lever to improve business performance. According to Dr. Gates: “Any organization that sees diversity as simply about human difference is woefully behind the curve. Diversity is an expression of excellence, which shows up as the differences, similarities, complexities and tensions that can be found in any complex situation, task, decision, group, or person. Accordingly, a Strategic Diversity paradigm includes everyone and everything.”
Dr. Gates is an esteemed organizational scientist, expert in Strategic Diversity Management, and in-demand corporate strategist. His engagements include a host of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. He teaches executives to reimage diversity management within the contexts of their business strategies, which is influencing how companies worldwide practice diversity management.
Dr. Gates is author of the groundbreaking research and thought leadership series, “STRATEGY: The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice,” featuring his two decades of research and practice in the field of Strategic Diversity as well as the commentary of diversity executives from 20 leading companies, sports franchises, and nonprofit organizations. The STRATEGY series has been heralded as the authoritative word on contemporary diversity management.
He is Principal and Chief Strategist of Criticality Management Consulting, a full-service Strategic Diversity and Complexity Management Firm, and its subsidiaries, The Human Relations Group and Campus Diversity Agenda. Prior to founding Criticality, Dr. Gates was Associate Dean of Harvard College and a Member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he was chief diversity, finance and human resources officer. He served as Chief of Staff at the University of Vermont, where he led institutional diversity. He also served as Assistant Provost and Executive Director of Global Operations at New York University, where he led global diversity and operations in Great Britain, France, Spain, the Czech Republic. Argentina, and Ghana.
Dr. Gates holds a Bachelors degree in English from Morehouse College; a Masters degree in Administration from New York University; a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of London; and an Advanced Certificate in Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Gates lectures and advises widely on Strategic Diversity Management, Human and Race Relations, and LBGTQA Engagement. He is available for media inquiries on issues of diversity, race, inclusive excellence, LGBTQA engagement, leadership, and change management.