Patricia Arredondo, AAG President is an academic entrepreneur, having a successful career both in higher education administration and the business sector. She was a higher education leader with Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and President of the Chicago campus for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, Patricia was founder and president of Empowerment Workshops, Inc., (EWI) a company in Boston she led for 14 years. Her company focused on “organizational change through diversity strategy”. As a business consultant and academic administrator, she established partnerships nationally and internationally in the healthcare, finance, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. She had more than 200 client organizations during her tenure as president of EWI. Among these were the Gillette Company, State Street Global Advisors, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the American Association of Medical Colleges, Manpower and Associates, Harley-Davidson, Holy Cross College, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, among others.
Patricia is the author of numerous publications addressing workforce diversity, women’s leadership, the Latina/o quotient, and cultural competency for effective performance. Among best-selling texts are Successful Diversity Management Initiatives and Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os. She also co-created the Center for the Study of the Workplace, an online platform for thought leadership.
Throughout her career, Patricia has been a professional association and nonprofit board leader. She is the founding president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association and the first Latina president of the American Counseling Association (2005-2006). She is on the Advisory Board for DiversityMBA of Chicago. For her servant leadership, Patricia has been recognized as a “Business Leader of Color” by Chicago United, Hispanic Executive for Community Impact, and Business Entrepreneur by the Boston Chamber of Commerce. She holds Fellow status with both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. She was named a “Living Legend” by the American Counseling Association for her extensive contributions to Multicultural Counseling. Patricia received an Honorary Degree from the University of San Diego (1998), Career Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (2016) and The Social Justice Action Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2016).
Currently, Patricia is a Visiting Professor with Arizona State University, Fielding University Faculty Fellow and faculty with the New Leadership Academy, University of Michigan. Patricia is bilingual in English and Spanish, a National Certified Counselor, and a licensed psychologist. Her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology is from Boston University. She is originally from Lorain, Ohio and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.