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Andrés Tapia is President of Diversity Best Practices, the preeminent diversity and inclusion think tank and consultancy. He assumed this position on January 11, 2011 after having served as Hewitt’s Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader for seven years, where he was responsible for leading the company’s internal and external diversity vision and strategies.
Andrés is a published writer and prominent speaker. He is the author of The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity (2009). As a journalist, he covered social trends in the U.S. and Latin America via articles appearing in publications such as the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, VOCÊ (Brazil), Benefits Quarterly, and Hemispheres magazine. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, CNN en Español, and FORTUNE magazine in the U.S., La Nación and El Clarín in Argentina, El Mercurio in Chile, VOCÊ, Valor, and Revista Amanhã in Brazil, and HR industry publications such as HR Magazine, Benefit News, and Benefits Canada Magazine.
His experiences in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Spain, India, Kenya, and throughout Latin America and his native Perú have equipped him with a true global perspective. By working with Hewitt, and with dozens of its FORTUNE 500 multinational clients, as well as with public schools, arts organizations, and law enforcement agencies, Andrés knows how to generate a diverse, high performing workforce across industries. He has also developed actionable insights into how varying worldviews can impact health, wealth, learning, safety, and workplace performance.
Andrés’ innovative approaches in fostering inclusive work environments lead to a body of work that moves beyond Diversity 1.0 and into the next generation of global, profitable, and sustainable diversity work. Andrés has created several groundbreaking and high-impact diversity learning and multicultural marketing programs and was the catalyst for a groundbreaking Hewitt/Ariel study on retirement savings that found that race/ethnicity is a greater determinant of differences in savings behaviors than income. He is also one of the founders of Hewitt’s Latino and Hispanic employee network group.
Andrés has received the following recognitions: Hewitt Exemplary Leader Award (2005), Chicago United’s Business Leader of Color Award (2007), CDO Exemplary List published by Diversity Best Practices in FORTUNE magazine (2006), Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Éxito Award (2008), the Corporate Diversity Program and Diversity Ad Campaign of the Year granted by the Minorities in Advertising Foundation (2006). He is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2008). He is also on the Board of Luna Negra Dance Theatre.
Prior to his role as Hewitt’s CDO, Andrés worked as a performance and knowledge management leader for several of Hewitt’s lines of business. Andrés has worked at CSC and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) doing performance consulting, instructional design, and technical writing.
He holds a B.A. in History with an emphasis in journalism and political science from Northwestern University. He is married to Lori, a musician, and they have one daughter, Marisela, who since the fall of 2009 has been studying flamenco and art at the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque.