Dr. Tom Bourdon is an organizational leader and consultant who has worked at the helm of multiple Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), social justice, LGBTQI, and education-focused organizations. Over the past two decades, Tom has served as Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Staples, Executive Director of Greater Boston PFLAG, and Director of LGBT Centers at UCLA, NYU and Tufts University (where he also led Tufts’ Social Justice Leadership Initiative).
Tom has coached, trained and consulted with thousands of individuals at countless organizations in the corporate, non-profit, education and government sectors. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College since 2013, where he teaches graduate-level courses on diversity, social justice and identity development. Most importantly to Tom, he holds the title of “out and proud gay husband and father” and he enjoys nothing more than spending time with his husband Jimmy and their children, Lukas and Maya. Tom and Jimmy became parents through an open adoption process in the United States and have been fortunate to know countless other parents and children who have gone through a similar journey. Having relocated to Australia in 2019, it is Tom’s hope to increase education and awareness in Australia around the many positive aspects of adoption.
Tom hopes to help create a cultural shift where adoption is seen as a loving and viable option, particularly for birth parents who find themselves in a situation where they are unable to raise their child(ren). Tom received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, his Masters of Education from UCLA, and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College. He also holds a certification in Life Coaching from New York University.