Our Keynote Speaker

Patricia Arredondo
President, Arredondo Advisory Group


Dr. Patricia Arredondo has dedicated her career to addressing multiculturalism and social justice in higher education and multiple workplaces domestically and globally. Her academic and consultation agendas always position cultural competency development and strategies for inclusion and belonging as essential to mental well-being. Dr. Arredondo is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group specializing in organization change through diversity management leadership strategy. Dr. Arredondo consults to a range of organizations seeking to become more inclusive and equitable and as also provides executive coaching primarily to administrators from underrepresented groups. She is a licensed psychologist and Faculty Fellow with Fielding Graduate University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Arredondo has held multiple higher education leadership roles. She served as President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago campus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM), and Senior Vice-President for Student Initiatives, Arizona State University (ASU). She was a full professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology with both ASU and UWM.

Cultural competency development is central to Patricia’s organizational change consultation and research. She is the author of major cultural competency documents for the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is the author of 8 books and more than 100 scholarly publications and videos in the areas of immigrant journeys, Latinx mental health, women’s leadership, DEIB strategy, and cultural competency development. Her co-authored book, Women and the Challenge of Stem Professions: Thriving in the Chilly Climate (2022) addresses the perseverance of women in graduate school and academic units. She is in the process of completing a co-authored book on Counseling with Immigrants and Refugees.

A long-time servant leader, Patricia was president of the American Counseling Association, Founding present of the National Latinx Psychological Association, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She recently served as co-editor of Diversity Business Review. Currently she is on the boards of Gay Sons & Mothers and the Marie Fielder Center for Social Justice, and BECOME, a social justice agency in Chicago.

Patricia is the recipient of multiple awards and holds Fellow status with both ACA and APA, and an honorary degree from the University of San Diego. Her doctorate in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University. She describes herself as a Mujerista, a feminist identity. Patricia is bilingual in English and Spanish and resides in Phoenix and Mexico City. She attributes her mindset for inclusion and belonging to her pre-college years in Lorain, OH and to her risk-taking Oaxacan abuela, family-centered mother, and feminist father.