Torin Perez is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant on a mission to inspire authenticity and inclusive leadership in the workplace. Since 2015, he has facilitated transformative learning and development experiences and spoken at more than fifty colleges, conferences, organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Who Am I to Lead? The World Is Waiting for You, and his writing has been featured in leading publications like Wiley’s award-winning Leader to Leader Journal, and IHRIM’s Workforce Solutions Review. Torin is a Posse Scholar, StartingBloc Fellow, One Young World Ambassador, and inaugural class member of the TED Residency, an incubator for breakthrough ideas.
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Torin Perez's belief in the leadership potential of human beings led him to author his first book, Who Am I to Lead? The World Is Waiting for You, a collection of 27 bite-sized essays that embolden readers to embrace their whole selves while leading positive change.
With a focus on inspiring inclusive leadership and authentic personal storytelling, Torin is a transformative force guiding organizations to realize the potential of their people. His methods are grounded in psychology, and he has practiced as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Mind Gym Coach Facilitator. Since 2015, Torin has consistently delivered outstanding learning experiences and speaking engagements to over 50 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, with a 94% overall positive feedback rating average.
Torin's work is greatly inspired by his mentor Frances Hesselbein, the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being a pioneer for women, diversity, and opportunity. In one award nomination submission, she wrote, “Torin is an inclusive leader who has a deep fascination with understanding people. His travels around the world have greatly shaped his ability to relate to and impact people across cultures and industries.”
In 2016, Torin was selected to join the first class of the TED Residency, an incubator for breakthrough ideas. For 3 months he worked out of TED headquarters on evangelizing DreamAfrica — a startup that has been influential in promoting cultural representation and inspiring cultural understanding. In this community, he has continued to lend his expertise to give guidance and coaching to the dozens of Residents giving TED Talks. Residents who have worked with Torin have collectively received millions of views of their talks on TED.com
Torin is a One Young World Ambassador, StartingBloc Fellow, Posse Scholar, and 2017 nominee for the Rosoff Award as a 20-something leading the way for his generation with a new vision for diversity & inclusion. His journey in D&I began when he was in digital advertising sales at Bloomberg LP - where he also served as the awareness committee co-chair of the Black Professional Community (BPC) affinity group. Torin led group membership to grow over 150% in just 15 months while driving initiatives that garnered recognition from global directors of Diversity & Inclusion and Philanthropy.
He is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he studied Psychology, Economics & Business.