Cultivating Empathy and Inclusion in Boys

IBSC Parenting Boys Speaker Series

Derrick Gay

Diversity and inclusion strategist Derrick Gay offered expert insight into cultivating empathy and inclusion in boys. He covered a wide range of topics to help parents and educators understand the importance of having conversations with boys about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Gay offered advice on raising boys who are committed to an antiracist future, highlighting the development of empathy as an essential step in this process.

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Derrick Gay

Derrick Gay

Diversity and inclusion strategist Derrick Gay consults with organizations worldwide. Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with more than 500 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen diversity and inclusion capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategy to maximize business and education goals.

Dr. Gay’s global clients range from financial services to schools, orchestras, and foundations, to fashion and business universities. Recent business clients include Phantom of the Opera, Tom Ford, Grosvenor GCM, Barilla, and Business of Fashion. Recent education clients include Sesame Street, KIPP Public Schools, International Fashion Academy, Latin School of Chicago, Colegio Nueva Granada, Lycée Français de Chicago, Lycée Français de San Francisco, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, American Montessori Society, and Enrollment Management Association. Dr. Gay lectures MBA students at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris.

Featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business of Fashion, The Huffington Post, and El Tiempo Latino and on NPR, The Brian Leher Show, and 60 Minutes, Dr. Gay is also a Forbes contributor.

He has produced two TEDx Talks: The Double-Edged Sword, which explores the irony that the word diversity often undermines diversity goals, and Why Elephants Hold the Key to Success in the 21st Century, which explores the nature of racial discourse in the United States.