Fernando Serpa is founder and president of Serpa & Associates, Diversity Solutions for a Changing World and a Senior Consultant with Legacy Business Cultures.
Fernando is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and served in the White House, the Department of Justice and United States Commission on Civil Rights before moving to the corporate sector.
He has held diversity leadership positions with such companies as Agilent Technologies Symantec, JCPenney and most recently Johnson Controls, a Fortune 50 company with 160,000 employees in 130 countries around the world where he developed and launched the first global diversity strategy for the company that was country and region specific.
With two decades of diversity and inclusion experience, Fernando draws on his in-depth experience across the public and private sector and excels at building dynamic, cross cultural diversity and inclusion strategies to influence systemic change across organizations.
Fernando works with C-Suite executives with a high level of political savvy and business acumen on highly complex issues. He deftly navigates organizational culture and easily partners and builds rapport with employees from executives to hourly plant workers to ensure seamless and high-quality client service.
He has launched and managed corporate diversity councils and Employee Resource Groups around the world and has presented diversity and inclusion trainings in Japan, Germany, Ireland, Australia, the Middle East and China. He is a frequent lecturer and key-note speaker on global diversity and inclusion and has presented at Stanford University, The Conference Board, The European Society for Cross Cultural Communication, Workforce Opportunity Network, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Urban League, and the Out & Equal Annual Summit.