Miguel Joey Avilés

Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, Keynote Speaker, Influencer

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Keynote Speaker | D&I Influencer | Chief of Diversity and Inclusion 


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About Miguel

Keynote Speaker | D&I Influencer | Chief of Diversity and Inclusion

My mission in life is to inspire leaders to believe and act in the power of belonging, inclusion, equity and diversity. I am the Chief of Diversity and Inclusion for a global organization with over 88,000 employees. I am a storyteller at heart with the intent of bridging the gap between the heart and the mind.

Award winning D&I Thought Leader with over a decade of experience at the Department of Defense, the Department of Interior and the Department of Homeland Security. TEDx speaker, Author of the e-book “Hispanics 101: How to Recruit, Manage and Grow your Hispanic Workforce” and have been featured in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Telemundo. Led keynotes and workshops at the Change Management Conference, the Human Capital Institute, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Management and D&I Conferences, NGA and Deloitte Chief Human Capital Officers Summit, Hacking HR Forum, Fortune 500 companies, and other global organizations. 


Miguel the HR Disruptor, the Change-Maker and the Advocate

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I am passionate about finding superb human capital, then give them the right tools to unleash their super powers for the benefit of the organization and the community. During the last 10 years I have been leading Talent Management programs and  initiatives for organizations with over 800,000 employees in over 6,000 locations across 147 countries. I have designed and coordinated award-winning initiatives to optimize the representation of underserved/underrepresented groups and executed leadership programs designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competencies to meet the future leadership needs.  

In 2015, I presented to the world my TEDx talk "How to Become a Change-Maker in Today's World." I help organizations seize the untapped potential of their workforce. Through trainings, consulting and executive roundtables, I offer the unique perspective of a bilingual Hispanic Millennial with vast experience in the Federal, private and non-profit sectors. My colleagues call me “Charisma on Steroids” and a “Powerhouse of Energy.” As a result of the initiatives I have executed in the community I won the HR Leadership Award of Greater Washington, DC for Excellence in Mentoring.  

I am the former President of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a 10,000 members non-profit with the mission to educate, inspire, and transform the current and future leaders of local, state and federal government. I provided the vision for over 20 chapters and manage a team of three Executive Vice-Presidents with over 20 Directors and Chiefs.  YGL exists as a platform for young leaders to help each other and work together to be heard as a unified voice representing their interests. By helping its members be successful and by bringing them together in a community, YGL hopes to be a force multiplier for all the good work being done by young leaders across the government to forge public service paths for the 21st Century.


Miguelito's Blog

March 11, 2018

Check out the awesome interview by Felicidad the Host of Telemundo Telenoticias al Medio Dia. 

March 11, 2018

This article was written by Danielle Paquette and it was originally published in the Washington Post on March 7, 2018. Here are my favorites quotes. 

"In a ballroom with antlers on the wall and hoof prints on the carpet, diversity coach Miguel Joey Aviles asked whether...

April 16, 2017

By Kathy Gurchiek, originally published on SHRM.com

NEW ORLEANS—Companies that want to be an employer of choice for Hispanic workers need to understand the value this group places on family, their culture and their desire for self-improvement, according to Miguel Joey A...

Miguel Joey Aviles, Chief Learning Officer, Young Government Leaders, offers advice from his experiences as a millennial leader and frames this within his own 10 principles to prepare future leaders. Miguel believes in a shared responsibility to develop employees, and...

January 30, 2016

Close your eyes… As you open them what you have before you is an eight year old boy with his mom… They just learned they lost everything… Their house, their car, they only have each other. As I went through life I realized that there is no such thing as a natural born...

January 30, 2016

The November 30th Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) Summit was a huge success. With nearly 80 attendees throughout the day, the event inspired meaningful conversation among senior HR leadership across the Intelligence Community and National Security Sector. During the...

September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – On October 1st, 2015, Miguel Aviles will be confirmed as the next President of the Young Government Leaders (YGL), a 501 (c)(3)non-profit professional organization founded by, and led by, young government leaders. Aviles will lead a membership of over 20 c...

February 19, 2015

“The Millennial theme is the sexy topic in every annual conference I attend. I believe we should be pay attention to those who are already in the workforce rather than keep talking about those that are not even onboard in our organizations”, said an influencer during a...

February 4, 2015

Established in 2001, the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington honor HR executives for outstanding contributions to their organizations and to the field of human resource management through organizational leadership, risk-taking, innovation, vision, mentoring, com...

February 4, 2015

Interview by Ruth Palombo, originally published on ATD.com

The 2014 Mentoring Award, given by the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington, went to Miguel Joey Aviles, honoring him for demonstrating leadership, dedication, and support to the professional growth and de...

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I have been to numerous workshops and conference around the diversity theme and you exceeded our expectations!” 

—  S. Rosario Nieves –

Chair 2012 Census Diversity Fair Committee, US Census Bureau

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