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Dr. Rodrigo Castilleja

Head of Diversity, Equity and InclusionDWS

New York, NY

Member Since May 2023


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Dr. Rodrigo Castilleja is the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DWS Group. His expertise includes impacting diverse organizations' profitability, performance, and operations through masterful orchestration of bottom-line initiatives. DWS Group is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 928bn of assets under management. DWS offers individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all significant liquid and illiquid asset classes and solutions. His colleagues would describe him as a driven, resourceful individual who maintains a positive, proactive attitude when faced with adversity. Along with his professional experience and executive leadership success Rodrigo has a solid academic foundation. Dr. Castilleja has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA degree with honors. His MBA thesis was titled "The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion, and Financial Equity." Dr. Castilleja conferred a Ph.D. degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. His Ph.D. education focused on the business case for increased Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Transformational Leadership as a function of Fortune 500 Company's best practices.

Published content

How DEI Leaders Can Win the Culture War


We must help leadership understand DEI as a business imperative and the need to remain focused on DEI through the ebbs and flows. We will lose some battles, but we will win the war.

How Do You Handle Pushback Against DEI Initiatives From Employees — or Even Other Senior Leaders?

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Even today – perhaps even more so today – it’s not uncommon for colleagues to question or criticize DEI initiatives. Sometimes, that pushback comes from fellow executives or influential department heads. How confident you are as a DEI leader in navigating conversations with DEI skeptics has a lot to do with two key factors: 1. how well you’ve quantified DEI’s impact on your organization’s strategic objectives and 2. how much support you have from the CEO. We asked members of the Senior Executive DEI Think Tank – a criteria-based organization for DEI decision-makers at large companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies – to share their playbooks for responding to DEI pushback from internal sources. Consider the following.

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Company bio

DWS Group (DWS) with EUR 841bn of assets under management (as of 31 March 2023) aspires to be one of the world's leading asset managers. Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.


Financial Services

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1,001 - 5,000

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