Delivering learning experiences to ignite life-changing breakthroughs
D&I Keynote Speaker | Consultant | Coach
Recognized as a 2021 Top 15 Champion of Diversity by Diversity Global Magazine, as a Top 100 Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, and featured as an Inclusion Innovator by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Former Chief of Diversity and Inclusion at an 88,000 people organization with over 15 years of D&I Experience. He is a D&I Thought Leader with over a decade of experience at the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
"For over a decade I have been relentlessly focused on executing principles of transformation – physically, mentally and organizationally."
TEDx speaker, featured at the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Telemundo, the Change Management Conference, the Human Capital Institute, the SHRM Talent Management and D&I Conferences, Fortune 500 companies, and other global organizations. Architect of D&I interventions that equip global organizations to build a captivating business case for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, exponentially increase D&I budgets and manage D&I related national scandals involving domestic terrorism, United Congress progress convenings and high-stake televised cases.
Honoring my ancestors is important to me. My grandparents instilled powerful values. The story of my “abuelo" Jovito Salas is so inspiring to me. He used to leave the island of Puerto Rico for 6 months at a time to work at a Howard Johnson in New York to send money for primary needs. He didn’t know how to read or write, thanks to his dedication and work as a farmer he instill the values to raise a daughter that became a Doctor in Education, my aunt, and a Global Speaker, Author and Preacher, my mom.
Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My full name is Miguel Josue Aviles Perez. My parents met while attending Job Corps, a primary residential career technical training and education program for low-income at-risk youth. My mom reminds me until this day that she spent 25 hours giving labor. Round of applause – please.
Traveled throughout the nation as a diversity recruiter and served as a manager of the Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) Program. We had student recruiters at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and universities focused in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
2012 DCELP – Graduated from the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program. First experience with coaching and 360 assessments. A year after got the opportunity to become the DCELP Deputy Program Manager. Had the blessing to graduate over 200 emerging leaders from over 20 Defense Agencies and learned how to tie bowties
Became the Deputy Program Manager of the DOD’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), the oldest executive leadership program in DOD’s history. Trained and learned from active duty members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and the Marines. This was the most challenging, insightful, and transformational leadership development experience I had in my career.
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