LeRoy Thompson has brought a refreshing perspective to the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion since the mid-1990’s. He has worked with over 150 public, private, and non-profit clients in helping them link their strategic direction to the practical task of leveraging the full range of capabilities of their human resource base. He has trained over 50,000 people in workshops, seminars, facilitation sessions, as well as conference keynote presentations.
His consulting background as an Associate with McKinsey & Company equipped him with a hypothesis-driven approach enabling him to develop a foundational understanding of the types of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues that organizations grapple with. This capacity has allowed him to bring the maximum level of objectivity and empathy into an area where emotions are an unavoidable factor.
His lived experience as an African American from Appalachia has also made a significant contribution to his success in the DEI domain. He had the great fortune to receive an education where he was most often the only person of color. Not only did these experiences equip him with the tools to navigate across cultural boundaries, but they also provided deep insight into the formation and expression of both implicit and explicit bias. His work is underscored with an enlightening appreciation of the role that neurobiology plays in how we think and how we deal with differences.
LeRoy was educated at Harvard University where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language, and a master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Columbia University School of Business. He received a Doctor of Divinity from Master’s Graduate School and a Ph. D. From Trinity Theological Seminary. His AMA-By-Satellite television broadcast of “Written Skills for Business Communications” received the ‘Best of Business Television’ Award. His book, “Mastering the Challenges of Change” received a Newberry Book Club award. His article “What's Missing from DEI Initiatives?” was published by Industry Week magazine in October of 2021. He is certified in Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion in The Workplace as well as a Certified Agile Scrum Master, Trauma Support Specialist, Certified Virtual Presenter, and Certified Virtual Host. HR Tech Outlook magazine recognized Thompson & Associates as one of the "Top Ten Diversity and Inclusion Firms ".