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Douglas “Doug” Harris, A81, is the founder and CEO of Chicago-based Kaleidoscope Group, a consulting firm, specializing in the area of inclusivity, diversity, cultural change, and organizational development. He co-founded the company, initially named Bea Young & Associates, in 1993 and in 2003, bought out the other co-founder and subsequently gave the company its current name. The Kaleidoscope Group helps organizations to achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals by designing customized strategies, curricula, workshops, and seminars that address the specific needs of the business. Some of the company’s past and current clients can be found in all industries and include Coca-Cola, Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, DLA Piper, T-Mobile, The Wharton School, AON, Panera Bread, The McGraw Hill Companies, Bechtel, Northrop Grumman, and Novartis. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of diversity and inclusion and is well respected as a subject expert for local and national news outlets, as well as speaking engagements.

Before attending Tufts, Mr. Harris graduated from Kingswood Oxford High School, a private school in West Hartford, Connecticut, to which he had earned a scholarship. At Tufts, he was a member of the class of 1981 but earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 1986.

Before The Kaleidoscope Group, Mr. Harris worked for Harbridge House, Inc. as a consultant and trainer. He also worked for Proctor & Gamble and Scott Paper as an employee relations specialist, sales trainer, and sales professional. Mr. Harris was a founder and president of Samuel Roberts & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in minority recruitment.

Mr. Harris currently serves on the Board of Trustees, Kingswood Oxford School.  Most recently, Doug was nominated by Chicago United as one of the top 50 Business Leaders of Color.  Mr. Harris is a former member of the Chicago-based Adler School of Professional Psychology board of directors, where he served from 2013 – 2016.


Revised, November, 9, 2020