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Meet Leslie Aguilar

Leslie is a speaker, author, and workshop facilitator in the areas of Diversity, Cultural Competence, Communication, and Service Success in a Diverse World. In 1992, she founded International Training and Development, LLC, in Orlando, Florida. Her firm works with leading organizations to help them tap the strength of a diverse workforce and provide exceptional service for multicultural and international customers.

Leslie is author of 2 books: Multicultural Customer Service: Providing Outstanding Service Across Cultures, McGraw Hill/Irwin, 1996; and Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts, Walk the Talk Company, 2006. In 2007, Leslie's ground-breaking OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts video-based training program was released by SunShower Learning. Leslie also co-produced the training video Service Savvy: Providing Outstanding Service in a Diverse World, 2004. Leslie has developed three diversity/inclusion instruments: DiversiScan™: Scanning the Environment for Diversity-Related Issues and Opportunities; Diversity Leadership 360°™; and Diversity Competencies Assessment™. She is also co-founder of Diversity ArtWorks!™

Previously Leslie spent 15 years with The Disney Company. Her Disney experience included bilingual guest services, new project development, Disney University training and development for expatriate and international staff, and human resources and administration for Disneyland Paris. She has also instructed ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages) within a business environment and served as student advisor for an international school.

Leslie currently serves on the National Workplace Diversity Panel – Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is past-chair of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Central Florida Chapter Diversity Council.

Leslie’s educational background is in foreign language. She was educated at the University of Valencia, Spain; the North American Cultural Institute, Guadalajara, Mexico; the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne), France; and Stetson University, Florida. She also studied at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, as a Rotary International Scholar.

Leslie Aguilar Presentation

My interest in diversity began as a teenager when I first studied another language. Over the years, being trilingual opened doors to fascinating international and multicultural projects, people and places. When I began consulting in 1992, my interests expanded from cultural and ethnic diversity to all types of similarities and differences between people - be it gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, behavioral style, or more.

I believe that diversity of experiences and ideas brings innovation and creativity to the workplace and richness to our lives. I would like to see inclusion and respect as the norm in our society, workplace and world. One small way to bring diversity and inclusion concepts to life is through art, which is why graphic artist Judy Leslie and I have formed Diversity Artworks! Judy and I have been working together now for fifteen years, and co-produced an annual multicultural calendar for eight years.

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