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José Guardado

Principal Consultant

Get to know me in three:

My home away from home:
Even though I have not lived there for over 20 years, Chicago will forever be my home away from home. The food, vibrant neighborhoods, history, and of course, the bond with family and friends are indelible.
The values that influence me:
Curiosity and community were values instilled in me as a child. They have shaped who I am and continue to influence who I aspire to be both in my day-to-day decisions and life choices. Living by these values has helped deepen my understanding of how I and others view and experience the world.
What makes LCW special:
The sense of togetherness is what makes LCW special. Each interaction is an opportunity for authentic engagement and human connection. Together, this team integrates individual and collective values into productive relationships that create meaningful and memorable outcomes for our customers and each other.


With over 10 years’ experience in driving inclusive culture and influencing business priorities in the workplace, José helps individuals, teams, and organizations cultivate an environment that leverages diverse talent and ideas. He is adept at identifying solutions that embody uniqueness of perspective, evidence-based approaches, and an understanding of human interactions and relationships.

As a committed and passionate DEI professional, his proven experiences in consulting with internal and external business partners across many levels of an organization has helped enhance a climate of engagement, trust, and empowerment. Prior to joining LCW, José designed and implemented D&I interventions across an array of topics, including unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and diversity, intercultural competence, and inclusive leadership.

José was born and raised in Illinois, and over the past 20 years has called Oregon his home. His background includes a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Instructional Technology. He is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP) and is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®).