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Placida Gallegos

Plácida Gallegos, founder of Solfire Consulting, has over 30 years experiencing supporting individuals from all backgrounds, groups and organizations in thriving and achieving optimal outcomes. Her work spans a wide range including corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and governmental agencies. As a researcher, she has emphasized organizational high performance, leadership development, cultural assessment and strategic change initiatives. In her consulting work, she has lead large change projects and partnered with executives to develop sustainable interventions that align with their values, business and organizational objectives. Dr. Gallegos designs and conducts workshops, presentations and interventions based on sound assessment practices and customization to fit the clients’ needs and goals. Rather than emphasize an “expert” model when working with leaders, she operates on the philosophy of true partnership where the client organization or individuals are fully engaged in each step of the change effort.

In addition to her consulting work with Solfire Consulting, Dr. Gallegos serves on the faculty of the School of Leadership Studies within Fielding Graduate University. There she offers seminars, consults with graduate students and supervises research projects that range from human development, organizational inclusion to global initiatives designed to impact under-resourced segments of the population. She also conducts research and has widely published on the impact of diversity on teams, Intercultural competence and leadership development especially as these issues relate to Hispanics/Latinas/Latinos in organizations.
Plácida earned a Masters of Science degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Loma Linda University in 1981, a Masters of Arts degree in Social and Personality Psychology and a doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of California at Riverside in 1987.

Events with Placida Gallegos

Dare to Connect WE-LAB
March 7, 2020

This workshop with Solfire Consulting Group will provide a space to explore and support our capacity for a “we-space” that embraces our differences and maximizes our practice in connecting with each other across those differences with curiosity and love. Are you called to join with others to counter and heal the divisiveness and suffering you see in the world? Are you drawn to engaging with others across racial, generational, ethnic, gender, religious, and class differences?   Do you desire to experience novel ways of being together in complex and divisive times?  Are you ready to communicate across race in ways that…