Cuban-American Entrepreneur, High-Performance Culture Expert and Bestselling Author
Glenn Llopis (pronounced ‘yō-pēs) is a Cuban-American entrepreneur, bestselling author, speaker, and senior advisor to Fortune 500 companies and organizations in healthcare, retail, consumer packaged goods, and beyond. He is a former c-suite corporate executive and current chairman of the Glenn Llopis Group (GLLG), a nationally recognized workforce development and human capital consulting firm.
Known for helping organizations move HR leadership to where it belongs – to corporate strategy and transformation – Glenn uses strategies his research has identified to help leaders to drive business growth through inclusive leadership and the power of individuality. His goal is to guide those leaders to be more inclusive and embrace a new kind of thinking – an innovation mentality mindset – to help them evolve and stay ahead of the rapid changes in the workplace and marketplace to drive growth.
As part of his work at GLLG, Llopis coined the term Cultural Demographic Shift™ or CDS. Llopis’ current work on the CDS and the innovation mentality is based on the well-grounded lessons of the “immigrant perspective” inspired by his father, Frank Llopis. Frank was a prominent Latin music pioneer who introduced rock ‘n’ roll into the rhythms and sounds of Salsa and Merengue music with his quartet Los Llopis. A victim of Castro’s revolution, he and his wife eventually made it to the United States where he played one last concert before becoming part of the team that invented Miller Lite.
Llopis graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in political science. After UCLA, he fast-tracked at the Gallo Wine Company as a sales representative and then at Sunkist Juice Beverages, where he became the youngest executive in the company’s 100-year history. Leading the successful turnaround of Sunkist’s juice beverage division opened the door for his next endeavor – at only 30 years old – as a senior executive at American Seafoods Company, leading the foodservice and retail business operational units. The result was an increase in market share, new brand introductions, and a full-scale transformation of the company.
In 1997, Llopis launched his first business, Luna Rossa Gourmet Foods, which focused on the sales, marketing and distribution of gourmet vegetables, pasta sauce, and salad dressing under its Luna Rossa and Chef’s Harvest brands. In 2007, he founded the Glenn Llopis Group to focus his work on leadership and business development around the “immigrant perspective.” As part of GLLG, Llopis started the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL), which created competitive advantages for Fortune 500 companies through their development and advancement of top Hispanic talent.
Llopis is a contributing writer to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Harvard Business Review. He was recognized as a top 20 influential writer at Forbes and a top 100 leadership speaker and business thinker by Inc. Magazine. His writings, speaking engagements, and consulting assignments focus on strengthening inclusive leadership and diversity of thought, elevating corporate cultures and building teams in a wisdom based economy, maximizing organizational and people potential, and enabling business growth and evolution through the Cultural Demographic Shift™.
Glenn is a member of the Kellogg Innovation Network and serves on the advisory board of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is a board member for Lion’s Heart, a national, non-profit community service organization for teen volunteering and leadership. Additionally, he is a mentor for Junior Achievement and a member of the exclusive Renaissance Weekend think-tank.
Perspective on Hispanic Leadership: Bilingual and Bicultural
Glenn is Cuban-American, with deep roots in both cultures. His father was prominent Latin music pioneer Frank Llopis, who introduced rock 'n' roll into the rhythms and sounds of Salsa and Merengue music with his quartet Los Llopis. Glenn shares his own personal experiences as a Latino who garnered success as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and best-selling author who has lived the challenges of navigating between assimilation and authenticity. He has generated significant research and data about how organizations need to prepare for the Cultural Demographic ShiftTM (CDS) – his term for what happens when segments of the population reach critical mass or numbers su cient to have a significant e ect on what we do and how we act. Latinxs have historically taken a “play it safe” approach in the workplace. The implications of the CDS now gives them the room to be bolder and more assertive by embracing their most authentic skills and characteristics – as individuals. Since 2009, Glenn Llopis Group (GLLG) has been delivering keynotes that provides audiences deep insights and reveals the hidden truths about Hispanic employees that are affecting workplaces across America.
Escape Standardization: Welcome to the Age of Personalization
Most leaders say they want to empower people to contribute at their fullest capacity, but they don’t know how. Embrace 5 necessary shifts that will build a culture where people realize and exceed their individual capacity even in times of rapid changes. The 5 shifts help teams and the organization achieve maximum growth and significance.
They’re Ready: Are You? The Future of Talent
Gen X is ready to lead, Gen Y is eager to influence, Gen Z is already doing both. Your talent pool is more diverse than ever, and they all want to contribute in their own way. As we shift from standardization to personalization, recruiting, retaining and energizing talent will depend on how well organizations lead and serve employees as individuals. More than anything, people want to know: Do you see me? Do you know me?
Greatest Contribution: Discover What You Solve For
What do you consistently think about in a big way? What problems are you drawn to? What kinds of solutions do you favor and are especially suited to offer? When you know what you solve for, that’s when you make your most meaningful contribution to any mission. Knowing what you solve for is a continuous journey of personal exploration and reinvention, as you evolve along with the workplace and the marketplace.
Constructive Interruption: Build a High-Performance Culture of Inclusion
Inclusion is the most essential skill today. It requires that we constructively interrupt our auto-pilot thoughts about who belongs where, doing what. It’s not just about who gets hired or promoted. It’s also about how people are allowed to grow, to collaborate, to experiment, and to contribute. A culture of inclusion requires a mindset to see opportunity, anticipate the unexpected, unleash passionate pursuits, live with an entrepreneurial spirit, work with a generous purpose, and lead to leave a legacy.
Leading Hispanic Employees
Hispanics are the fastest growing workforce in the United States and organizations must become more culturally proficient in support of their Hispanic employees, customers and overall business goals. To prepare for the rapid increase of Hispanic employee in the workplace, organization can gain a distinct competitive advance by knowing how to lead, recruit and retain top Hispanic talent. This keynote provides audiences deep insights and reveals the hidden truths about Hispanic employees that are affecting workplaces across America. Llopis teaches audience how Hispanic employees think, what their performance tendencies are and how to earn and advance a trustworthy relationship with them. The goal of this keynote is to help non-Hispanic leaders identify the most common workplace behavioral cues and tendencies in order to successfully lead, leverage and encourage your Hispanic employee's natural strengths and proactively avoid potential tension that may disrupt engagement and their overall performance.
All Glenn Llopis Books
Unleashing Individuality: The Leadership Skill that Unlocks All OthersPurchase Book
Leadership in the Age of Personalization: Why Standardization Fails in the Age of MePurchase Book
The Innovation Mentality: Six Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo and Reinvent the Way We WorkPurchase Book
Earning Serendipity: 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your WorkPurchase Book
Awakening the Latino FactoPurchase Book
Women Leaders must Dive In Not just Lean In: The Six Fundamental Truths of the Dive-In PrinciplePurchase Book
Why a Personal Employee Brand Will Save Your Career – And Your WorkplacePurchase Book
“Unleashing Individuality is the mindset vaccine we need to survive and thrive in the age of personalization.”
- Gustavo Canton | Analytics Leader, Starbucks
“Glenn puts a clear framework to what we are experiencing and trying to make sense of as a result of the pandemic—power structures being turned upside down with the employee / patient / customer operating in the mindset and with the tools to be fully self-actualized. Unleashing Individuality provides a playbook for how organizations can shift to being ‘in flow’ in this new world and win in business through first removing the friction and empowering the individual to win. Masterfully done.”
- Monica Pool Knox | SVP, Chief People Officer, LivePerson
“As a true visionary and cultural sage, Glenn Llopis provides an astonishingly perceptive roadmap for those ready to embrace the movement toward personalization. As I learned personally, he offers a guiding light for leaders ready to free those they serve from outdated standards, unleashing their suppressed individuality and enabling them to unlock their full potential.”
- Frank Ross | Senior Manager, Cyber Security, General Mills
“Glenn is an expert at bringing people together from all different facets and, through his authentic style and strategic mindset, unleashing their individuality, helping them identify what they solve for, and igniting the passion in us to come together and pivot to action for something greater than ourselves.”
- Kristin Gwinner | EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chico’s FAS, Inc.