Lauren Aguilar, PhD

Leading expert and influencer on inclusion and diversity


Lauren Aguilar, PhD is a leading expert and influencer on inclusion and diversity, leading the practice at Forshay. 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, Grail, 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.
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