As the creator of Visible Men, a national movement to elevate black boys and men to new heights of achievement and family and community contribution, Neil Phillips is a nationally recognized voice on the topic of race, diversity, and inclusion in America. He has delivered award-winning presentations, including Race to Truth and A Conversation with Norman Lear, as well as consulting programs that confront diversity-related challenges with fresh perspectives and advocate seizing the opportunities that the rapidly changing national demographic present.
At Pivot Management Partners, Neil specializes in organizational assessments, consulting, and executive search focused on diversity. He delivers real impact and value for clients by helping them define and pursue their diversity and inclusion interests by focusing intently on culture and climate, firm commitments, honest discourse, and results-oriented initiatives. With Neil’s guidance, organizations effectively identify and attract existing and emerging professional talent that is reflective of the changing face of America — a dynamic and highly capable racially, ethnically and gender diverse population.
Phillips, a rare two-sport college student-athlete at Harvard University, was a wide receiver on an Ivy League champion football team and an all-Ivy League performer and Co-Captain of the basketball team. After earning his degree in English and American Literature at Harvard, Neil played basketball professionally in Australia and was an NBA player agent at Advantage International in Washington, D.C., before embarking on his successful career as a mission-driven educator, coach and entrepreneur.
Neil is the Co-Founder, founding Principal, and Head of School at Visible Men Academy, a charter school for boys from low-income family backgrounds in Bradenton, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two sons. He is also an Aspen Institute Fellow, Open Society Foundation/Echoing Green Fellow, and Nantucket Project Fellow.