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.