Rebecca Parrilla

Head of Client Solutions
A smiling woman with wavy gray and black hair

Get to know me in three:

My home away from home:I’ve loved many places I’ve traveled to, including Sydney, Tallin, Buenos Aires, Florence, and Phuket. 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 many other types of human struggles.
My diversity story:The first time I realized I was seen as “different” was my first day in college in St. Louis, Missouri. I shared with my roommate and friends that I grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and and they repeatedly commented on the clothes I was wearing and asked me if we had appliances like stoves in Puerto Rico.


Rebecca’s passion is to help people more easily and authentically understand, energize, influence, and collaborate with people of different cultural and diversity profiles.


As Head of Client Solutions, Rebecca leverages her DEI & cultural competence subject matter expertise as well as her deep knowledge of LCW’s capabilities to engage new clients, uncovering their needs and identifying how LCW can collaborate with organizational teams to achieve their inclusion and equity goals.


Before this role, Rebecca was Director of Content & Research, working to ensure that LCW’s workshops, digital tools, frameworks and toolkits are forward-looking, practical, relevant, current, and always at the vanguard of our clients’ needs. She also managed LCW’s full-time Facilitator Team, provided support to the LCW Consultant Team, was a member of LCW’s Executive Leadership Team, contributing to the strategic direction of the organization.


From 2006-2021, Rebecca designed cultural competence-centered learning interventions, facilitated workshops, and advised 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. She has played a leading role in designing and implementing LCW programs such as “Leading with Conscious Inclusion,”, “Managing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”, “Building a Culture of Inclusion”, and “Understanding the Hispanic/Latinx 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 for a full-time teaching position at Shanghai Dianji University, where she designed and delivered English classes for first- and second-year students for several years.


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 with her children.

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