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 the country gave me a deeper appreciation and understanding of China 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 people’s 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.
As Principal Consultant at LCW, Rebecca helps organizations incorporate cultural competencies into their worldviews and inclusive behaviors into their workflows. Her role is to disrupt and reframe the way well-intentioned decisionmakers and team members talk about and approach cultural differences, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. She helps clients not only make crucial cultural distinctions between themselves and others, but also more easily and authentically understand, energize, influence, and collaborate with people of different cultural and diversity profiles.
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. With this experience in hand, she has played a leading role in designing and implementing signature LCW programs such as Managing Unconscious Bias in Talent Management, Building a Culture of Inclusion, Managing Unconscious Bias in Hiring, and Navigating Cultures. Her clients include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Consulting Group, Emerson, JetBlue, Takeda, and Unilever.
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.