Lawrence James, Jr.

Partner, Co-Leader, Diversity & Inclusion Services


Lawrence James is a partner in RHR International’s Chicago office and a co-leader of RHR’s diversity and inclusion services. He moved to RHR for the opportunity to create greater, more sustained impact with larger organizations and their senior leaders. Lawrence’s inquisitiveness, intellect, insight, and drive to help individuals and companies have enabled him to have significant impact with clients in numerous sectors including energy/utilities, financial services, retail, and manufacturing. As a trusted advisor, he helps senior executives enhance the business performance and productivity of their organizations through effective leadership practices, change management, and strategic talent development. Lawrence is a thought leader and innovator in the area of executive development. He has authored original research on best practices in African-American executive development entitled “Journey to the Top: Developing African-American Executives.” He has delivered numerous speeches and talks on this topic and others to a wide variety of audiences including McKinsey, Strategy& (former Booz & Co), and EEI.

Prior to joining RHR International, Lawrence was president of LJA LifeLessons, a psychological services corporation he founded. He served as an adjunct professor in psychology at Lewis University. He also was a consultant at The Adler School of Professional Psychology and Thornton Community Services.

Lawrence received his BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master of education in counseling psychology at Howard University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Illinois and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi).

In his free time, Lawrence enjoys sports, spending time with friends and family, and traveling—his perfect weekend combines all three.