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Rebecca Parrilla

Director of Content & Research

Get to know me in three:

My home away from home:
I’ve loved many places I’ve traveled to, including Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. But my two years living in Shanghai and traveling around China gave me a deeper appreciation and understanding of this country and for the pride its people feel for this exceptional culture.
The challenge that shaped me:
For me, it was the coming out process, which didn’t happen until I was 35 years old. Hiding and navigating this part of the identity for so long taught me some important life lessons and helps me appreciate and empathize with other many different types of human struggles.
My diversity story:
The first time I realized I was seen as “different” was my first day in college. I grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and college for me was in the Midwest. My new roommate and friends repeatedly commented on the clothes I was wearing and asked me if we had appliances like stoves in Puerto Rico.

Bio

As Director of Content & Research, Rebecca ensures that LCW’s workshops, digital tools, frameworks and toolkits are forward-looking, practical, relevant, current, and always at the vanguard of our clients’ needs. In keeping with LCW’s tried and true principles, Rebecca also examines LCW content through the lens of cultural competence – an approach that centers learned and shared behaviors and values which emerge from common experiences and influences of diverse communities globally. Rebecca also provides support to the LCW Consultant Team by way of development opportunities, client support, and onboarding.

Before this role, Rebecca spent fifteen years advising, collaborating with, and designing and facilitating workshops for LCW clients across industries, most recently as a Principal Consultant. In that role, she supported global organizations such as Boston Consulting Group, Johnson & Johnson, Emerson, Spencer Stuart, and Unilever in their goals of mitigating unconscious bias and embedding cultural competence and inclusion into their talent processes and teams, helping people more easily and authentically understand, energize, influence, and collaborate with people of different cultural and diversity profiles. She has played a leading role in designing and implementing LCW programs such as Managing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Building a Culture of Inclusion, Fostering Inclusive Leadership, and Understanding the Latinx/Hispanic Experience in the US.

Rebecca’s expertise in cultural competence benefitted from over a decade in Global Treasury Management at ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago and continued when she moved to China to pursue a full-time teaching position at Shanghai Dianji University, where she designed and delivered English classes for first- and second-year students.

A Puerto Rico native, Rebecca is a native English- and Spanish-speaker. She is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), a member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR-USA), and has co-authored the Cultural Detective®: LGBT package. She holds an MBA in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and resides in Chapel Hill, NC.