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Dr. Arin N. Reeves

President

A leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Arin studied business at DePaul University’s College of Commerce, attended law school at University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.

Arin is a best-selling author of two books – The Next IQ and One Size Never Fits All – and she is the President of the research and advisory firm, Nextions (pronounced “connections” without the “co”), a new way of seeing and doing leadership and inclusion. Arin has designed and led several comprehensive research projects on leadership and inclusion in topics ranging from gender equity, cultural integration and implicit bias to transformational leadership and working through generational differences.

Before Nextions (formerly The Athens Group), Arin practiced law for several years and also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where she taught classes on law and society.

Arin’s book, The Next IQ: The Next Generation of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, was a publisher best-seller upon its release in January, 2012, and her latest book One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men) was released in August 2014. She has also authored a chapter on creativity, innovation and inclusion entitled “Creating Creativity” for the Global Innovation Science Handbook, the premier resource for innovation practitioners. Arin has been featured on NPR for her work on inclusion is cited often in online and traditional media as an expert in leadership and inclusion in workplaces. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, and she was recognized as a Rising Star by the Anti-Defamation League. Her column “Diversity in Practice” was recognized by the Herman Kogan Media Awards for excellence in journalism.

Arin is an avid amateur photographer and has been “outed” in the Wall Street Journal as a professional addict of all things politics. She is a “creatively maladjusted” catalyst for better leadership and smarter intelligence, and she lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

    Maya Angelou
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • Arin Reeves and Nextions have provided outstanding service to Exelon. We have retained her to perform a variety of services, centering on cultural assessments for two of our most important departments. Her work is insightful, comprehensive, sophisticated and above all, very useful. Arin is able to get to the heart of issues quickly and offer practical and meaningful steps to address them. She wins over persons who are skeptical about this kind of process at its inception, and has been broad in her perspective, bringing ideas and strategies to the table we simply hadn’t contemplated.

    William A. Von Hoene, Jr. Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Exelon Corporation