Today’s guest is a transformative figure in workplace culture and inclusivity.

He is not just an advocate for belonging in the workplace; he's a trailblazer in the truest sense. With two bestselling books, “Belonging at Work” and “Imagine Belonging,” he has become a guiding light for executives, leaders, and visionaries committed to cultivating environments where safety, trust, and a sense of belonging are paramount.

Beyond his consulting work, he stands at the forefront of DEI discourse as a keynote speaker and host of the Belonging at Work Summit and two popular podcasts, “Imagine Belonging at Work” and “The Out Entrepreneur.”

His journey is as diverse as it is impressive, spanning roles at the White House, the Department of Justice, and PFLAG National. His insights have graced the pages of Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and other notable publications. He partners with industry giants, government agencies, and large nonprofits to foster workplace cultures that prioritize psychological safety and trust.

Please join me in welcoming Rhodes Perry.

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Tune in as we unpack Rhodes Perry's transformative path from early leadership spark to a champion of DEI, uncovering his personal and professional endeavors to foster a culture of belonging and authenticity in the workplace.

In this episode of On the Schmooze, we explore:

🎇 DEI Community Building: Rhodes has a steadfast commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, founding a community of DEI practitioners that provides support and imagines a progressive future.

🎇 Embracing Entrepreneurship: His leap into starting his own business in 2015, despite fear and uncertainty, underscores his dedication to enriching workplace culture and the importance he places on feeling valued and included.

🎇 Advocating for Authenticity: With a varied career path including roles at the Department of Justice and policy advocacy, Rhodes champions authenticity and the empowerment of LGBTQ+ voices in all professional spheres.

🎇 Redefining Leadership: He views leadership as the ability to inspire collective action, leveraging his early influences and transformative experiences to guide others in achieving impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Hit play on this episode to ‘circle' back to the heart of diversity and inclusion, with insights so enriching, you'll feel like you've earned a master's in belonging!


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Who is Robbie Samuels?

🟧 I'm an event design consultant and executive Zoom producer, with a passion for creating engaging and unforgettable experiences. With two decades of experience in the meetings and events industry, I have honed my skills in designing and executing events that leave a lasting impression.

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