James H. Lowry
Global Diversity Director
The Boston Consulting Group
Nationally recognized workforce and supplier diversity expert James H. Lowry is the global diversity director for The Boston Consulting Group. In that capacity, he lead’s the firm’s workforce diversity, ethnic marketing and minority business development consulting practice. Prior to joining BCG, Jim had his own firm, James H. Lowry & Associates (JHLA), which was established in 1975. In 1978, JHLA prepared the first major study on minority business enterprise development for The Department of Commerce entitled, New Strategy for Minority Business . Because of that firm’s unique ability to assist Fortune and government clients in addressing a range of complex business issues, Consulting News selected JHLA as one of the top 100 management consultants in the United States. Jim has been providing outstanding services to clients for over 30 years, which list include such companies as: American Express, Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company, Hyatt Hotels, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley and PepsiCo.
Lowry held various positions with the U.S. Peace Corps including associate director in Lima, Peru. He later was assistant to the president of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. and was a senior associate for McKinsey & Company, serving in London, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Lowry received his undergraduate degree in political science from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in public international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School and was elected president of his class. His honors include: Illinois Minority Business Advocate; Honorary Doctor of Law, Elmhurst College; National Outstanding Business Professional by Blackbook ; “Who’s Who Among Black Americans”; “Who’s Who in the Midwest”; “Men of Achievement” – Eighth Worldwide Edition; and “Personalities of the West and Midwest.”
Mr. Lowry is an adjunct professor, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management; Northwestern University Board of Directors; chairman, Durban, South Africa/Chicago Sisters Cities Committee; Commercial Club; Economic Club of Chicago; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chicago United; Grinnell College; Chicago Public Library Foundation; and the Chicago Public Library. He is presently a member of the Howard School of Business board and also serves as chairman for the Howard University Entrepreneurship Center. He was a member of the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations, Harvard Business School Visiting Committee and associate producer of MBR: THE MINORITY BUSINESS REPORT.