Who is Bruce?

Photograph © Bruce Thao
Cowles Mountain, San Diego, CA
Bruce Thao is Founder & CEO of LIT Consulting - Lead. Inspire. Transform. Bruce has over 12 years of experience working with diverse communities, including immigrants/ refugees, people of color and LGBTQ. Bruce brings added value to his clients through his combination of expertise in research, non-profit management, mental health & wellness, group facilitation, public policy and leadership development. He provides transformational coaching, diversity training and consulting at the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation to help clients better understand how to evolve in our ever changing global landscape. His work helps leaders to show up as their best and full selves every day. 
Through LIT, Bruce works with non-profits, government, academic institutions and foundations to assess and understand systems of oppression, diversity and inclusion both within and outside of the workplace, and to craft strategies to co-create new ways of thinking and working for equity. His leadership coaching focuses on empowering people of color and/or LGBTQ individuals with strategies to harness their inherent resilience and power to bring their full and best selves into the workplace and the world. 
Prior to his consulting work, Bruce served for 5 years as Director of Programs of a $10 million non-profit driving national policy work, research, and capacity building programs for organizations across the country.
Bruce holds a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University, an M.A. in Social Welfare and completion of all doctoral coursework in Social Welfare from the University of Chicago. He is a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, a 2014 White House Champion of Change, and was named 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Bruce is currently authoring a book on historical trauma & radical healing.    
Notable Awards/Recognition
  • State of the Hmong American Community. (2013). Eds. M.E. Pfeifer & B. K. Thao. Washington, DC: Hmong National Development.
  • Ishihara, Kohei. A Census of Our Own: A Report by the Queer Southeast Asian Network. (2012). Eds. Thai Lee, Bruce Thao, and Diana Pei Wu. Providence, Rhode Island: Freedom Inc., Providence Youth Student Movement, Shades of Yellow, 2012.