Consultant - Trainer - Panelist - Speaker
About Eugene
Eugene uses a unique blend of humor, neuroscience and data-driven analysis to help people in both the private and public sectors (primarily administrators, faculty, staff and students at all levels of education) create and sustain inclusive workplaces and classrooms.  Eugene is most proud of his work to infuse equity into the hiring process by rewriting job announcements and interview questions, as well as training each person who is part of the decision-making process on the benefits of diversity and reducing the impact of unconscious bias.   In 2017, the Association of California Community College Administrators selected Eugene for its “Progress  in Diversity” Award given for “Outstanding Achievement in Support of Diversity in the Higher Education Community.” Since August 2019 Eugene has been the Chief Human Resources Officer (Assistant Vice Chancellor) at UC Berkeley.  Previously, Eugene served as the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and General Counsel for the San Mateo County Community College District.  Prior to joining the College District, Eugene was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Mateo for eight years where he primarily served as outside counsel for K-12 school districts.  Eugene has also worked as a corporate attorney for DavisPolk in New York, Tokyo and Menlo Park, as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank in San Francisco and as a project manager for Stiftung, Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. Eugene earned his J.D. cum laude from University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.   When Eugene is not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children who feature prominently in his colorful anecdotes.
Areas of Expertise
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Leadership
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Title IX
  • Human Resources Best Practices
  • Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Discipline
  • Civil Rights and Employment Law 
  • Training and Workshops
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Panel Discussions
  • Guest Lectures
  • Consultation
  • Internal Investigations
*Rates available upon request

“I have been going to meetings, conferences and workshops for over 25 years and have seen many, many speakers. Each time I participated in a session led by Eugene, the entire audience was engaged, amused and we all learned something new, useful, and inspiring. I always look forward to hearing him speak.  Eugene has a unique ability to connect with his audience and delivers his message in way that manages to be the perfect mix of candor, humor and seriousness when discussing the most sensitive of topics such as race, gender and equity.  His use of anecdotes from his own life, both professional and personal, making him much more accessible than other speakers I have heard.  I would highly recommend him to any organization.”

-- Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College; Former Obama Presidential Appointee and Adviser; Former President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

"We invited Eugene to provide training on how we can address unconscious bias to create or more inclusive workplace.  His training was fantastic.  Everyone present was fully engaged and we left the presentation not only with practical tips on how to dress bias as an organization but also as individuals.  My only regret is that we did not give Eugene more time.  We will definitely have him come back again so that we can fully benefit from his expertise."

-- Graeme Sharpe, J.D., Director, Employment Law and Employee Relations, Hyundai Capital America

“Eugene Whitlock is a refreshing and contemporary voice who is able to sort through the many definitions of diversity and unconscious bias in a way that develops individual perspective and builds awareness. His workshop at our college convocation was well received and provided a foundation for rich dialogue and strengthened our college culture of inclusion for the year ahead.”

-- Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent/President, Gavilan College

"Eugene is an excellent trainer and obviously an expert in his field.  I have had the pleasure of having him present at our recent Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) national conference, and his workshop on diversity, equity, and unconscious bias was data driven, spot on, and impactful to a crowded room of educational leaders. He greatly delivered it to us."

-- Wyman Fong, National Board of Directors, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education

"College of Marin had the pleasure of working with Eugene Whitlock on two separate occasions.  His training on diversity, equity and unconscious bias is nothing short of excellent.  His presentation style is engaging and the content of his presentation is interesting, informative, and very timely!   I highly recommend Eugene Whitlock as a both presenter and facilitator."

-- David Wain Coon, President, College of Marin

"Eugene has been to our campus on two occasions to provide equity, diversity and unconscious bias training to administrators, faculty and staff.  The feedback from the participants was amazing and the best I have ever seen for this kind of presentation (and I have seen a lot of them in my 30+ year career).  Eugene is by far not only the most knowledgeable trainer on these issues but also the most entertaining.  He delivers what can often be confrontational or controversial material in a way that engages participants at all levels of an organization.  Everyone left the training with new information and practical tools that they can use right away to make positive changes in how they interact with their colleagues.  We are bringing him back as soon as possible to train our Board of Trustees and I would recommend him to anyone interested helping their employees understand and address their unconscious biases."

-- Joi Blake, Ed.D, President, Palomar College

Contact Me
Tel: (650) 731-5494

Please contact me so that we can discuss what services would best serve your group or organization.  I respond to all messages within two business days.  I look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can work together.