Throughout her life, Trudy Bourgeois has been a forward-thinking agent of change, role model and leader. In the '60s, she was the first to integrate the Catholic school system in Mobile, Alabama. In the '70s, she was selected as one of America's brightest future leaders. In the '80s, she became the first in a family of 10 children to graduate from college. In the '90s, she broke the glass ceiling in the consumer goods industry by becoming the first African-American woman to rise to the level of Vice President. In the 2000's, following 18 years in the corporate world, she founded The Center for Workforce Excellence - an in-demand consulting company specializing in workplace transformation through organizational cultural change, leadership training, talent management and personalized coaching.
Today, Trudy Bourgeois is a renowned and respected authority on leadership development. CWE is a professional coaching, training, consulting and teaching organization focused on building new skills that allow leaders to remain relevant in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) marketplace with an emphasis on learning how to develop talent across differences. Companies such as Cisco, Intel, PepsiCo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kellogg, Cox Automotive, and many others credit CWE with advancing their talent management and diversity and inclusion initiatives. CWE specializes in the development of women and people of color. The company is known for building talent management change strategies and programs that move the needle on diversity and inclusion.
Trudy is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, writes for numerous trade publications and magazines, and has authored two books on leadership, "Her Corner Office - Second Edition" and "The Hybrid Leader: Blending the Best of the Male and Female Leadership Styles." Trudy is in the final stages of her third book, "EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations about Women, Men, AND Race in the Workplace to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough."
As a teacher, Bourgeois has earned a reputation as a truth-teller who creates a safe learning environment where the courageous conversations necessary for change take place. Throughout her corporate career, Trudy established a respected and proven track record for serving as a leader who could create and sustain high-performing teams based upon her three-prong approach - focusing on the customer first and foremost, developing and optimizing talent, and looking to the future to maintain relevancy and sustainable value.
Trudy has been married to her husband and best friend, Michael for 37 years. She is the proud mother of two children, Adam and Mary Ellen and recently welcomed a son in law to the family, Ryan Brence.
Trudy has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Network of Executive Women and The University of Texas at Denton (PLP). When not working or serving on boards, Trudy volunteers a tremendous amount of time mentoring the next generation of female business leaders. She and her husband love to travel the world and learn about history.