Lauren AguilarLauren Aguilar

Founder & Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Forshay

Lauren Aguilar, PhD is a leading expert and influencer on inclusion and diversity. Lauren specializes in translating the science of diversity into actionable strategies that organizations and teams can use to recruit, hire, develop and retain top talent. She partners with innovative companies like Airbnb, Clif Bar, Gilead, and eBay.

Lauren’s superpower is using a data-driven—yet human centered—approach to I&D. Her research on inclusion, team dynamics, belonging, and communication has been published in Physics Today, Gender News, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality.

As a thought leader, she has been featured in Fast Company, Yahoo, HRCI, Top Employer, ZDnet, Popsugar, the Women in Science Forum. She was named a “40 Under 40” by San Francisco Business Times, “Top Diversity Influencer” by Culture Amp and a “Distinguished Emerging Global Leader” by Womensphere.

Prior to Forshay, she was a partner at a boutique consulting firm, taught courses on diversity at Ivy League universities, and was co-director of a diversity fellowship/mentorship program at Stanford University.

Lauren earned her PhD in social psychology at Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Takes part in

Sep, 4 2:00 PM CEST
Stage 2
Panel Discussion

Creating an Organizational Culture that Values Inclusive Leadership

  • How to identify the right leadership skills to align with a business-oriented diversity strategy
  • How to move away from a focus on “diversity” towards a focus on “inclusion”
  • How to implement values at the top that flow on to the entire workforce
Bernardo Ferdman Founder & Principal at Ferdman Consulting
Rebecca C. Hershey Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Human Rights Campaign
Lauren Aguilar Founder & Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Forshay
Zaheer Ahmad Head of Strategic Delivery - Diversity & Inclusiveness at EY
Putri Realita Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone
Cristina Santos Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Total Well-Being and EEO, N.A. at Sanofi