About JBC

We believe in

unleashing the power of human potential, embracing diversity, and helping people—and organizations—to thrive.



That’s because we’re on a mission: to set a new tone for business, and the world, and to create a more inclusive reality for generations to come by ensuring all kinds of talent feel Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and HeardSM. We do that by helping you create the type of workplace where people no longer feel pressure to downplay aspects of their identity in order to survive—such as their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, background, or education—but free to bring their full selves to work, and motivated to contribute in a way that fuels your bottom-line growth.

As a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm, here at JBC we understand how important it is to empower members of your entire organization to drive positive organizational change and the future of work in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Based in New York City with a global presence, we partner with HR, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and business leadership teams on change management efforts relating to human capital everywhere from North America to Southeast Asia.

Whether we’re building classroom training on unconscious bias, setting up a diversity council, leveraging our proprietary ERG Progress Model℠ to transform resource groups into true business partners, launching an executive learning curriculum, rolling out a diverse talent program for your entire organization, or providing eLearning training, we customize everything we do; channeling our extensive experience to resolve your unique challenges.

Clients include Walmart, Starbucks, Toyota Financial Services, Microsoft, the City of New York, T-Mobile, and many others, from the Fortune 1000 to government agencies and non-profits.

Award-winning founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown, is quoted frequently on next-generation diversity and inclusion practices. Her thought leadership has appeared in leading media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, FAST COMPANY, Inc., CNBC, The Huffington Post, NASDAQ, AdWeek, and Sirius Radio.

Whether Jennifer is presenting for top advisors at a major investment bank, speaking at a shareholder meeting for a Fortune 500 company, or sharing her expertise and signing books at Google, her mission is always the same: to help others embrace diversity—of race, orientation, thought, approach, and experience; be energized by equality; and rise up and champion a more inclusive workplace and company culture, no matter what your role.

We have worked with clients at all stages of their diversity and inclusion journey. No matter where you are on yours, we can help.

Get in touch today to assess your readiness for change with a free consultation.

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Our Team

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Corporate Team

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

President & Founder

Ash Varma
Ash Varma

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Beaven
Robert Beaven

Managing Director

Nikki Groom
Nikki Groom

Marketing Director

Veronica Pirillo
Veronica Pirillo

Speaking & Events Director, Executive Coordinator to the CEO

Holly Kalyn
Holly Kalyn

Sales & Events Coordinator

Billie Belter
Billie Belter

Administrative & Events Coordinator

Sharon Noble Ziemer
Sharon Noble Ziemer

Business Development Manager

Niki Garcia
Niki Garcia

Marketing Consultant

Kate Powers
Kate Powers

Director of Content

Emily Nugent
Emily Nugent

Content Specialist

Jessica Loccisano

Consulting Intern

Senior Resource Team

Alison Oxman
Alison Oxman

Program Manager

Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones

Senior Consultant

Claire Tse
Claire Tse

Senior Consultant

Dave Ciliberto
Dave Ciliberto

Senior Consultant

Elfi Martinez

Senior Consultant

Elizabeth Derby
Elizabeth Derby

Senior Consultant

Karen Brown
Karen Brown

Senior Consultant

Kevin England

Senior Consultant

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith

Senior Consultant

Nancy Mace
Nancy Mace

Senior Consultant

Tom Bourdon
Dr. Tom Bourdon

Senior Consultant

Sabrina Griffin
Sabrina Griffin

Senior Consultant

Sharon Smith-Mauney

Program Manager

Corporate Partners

CDM

Diane Cheadle CEO/Founder - Creative Partner

Chuck Shelton

Chief Executive Officer, Greatheart Consulting

Jenn Grace
Jenn Grace

LGBTQ Business Strategist

Pasha Cook

Pasha Cook & Associates

Jennifer Brown
President & Founder

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, LLC (JBC), and is a passionate social equality advocate committed to helping leaders foster healthier and therefore more productive workplace cultures in which every employee is Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard℠, ultimately driving innovation and business results. Informed by more than a decade consulting to Fortune 500 companies, her #1 best-selling book entitled Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change creates a compelling case for leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents, for their own growth and for the success of their organizations, while simultaneously empowering advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations that resonate in a fast-changing world.

Brown launched JBC in 2006, leveraging two master’s degrees, in organizational development and vocal performance, and a career in leadership development in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas, to coach hundreds of business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. JBC is a certified woman and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that guides executives, talent management, human resources, diversity and affinity group champions and their business partners in their efforts to communicate the “business case for diversity” and embed it into the core of everyday business. JBC assists by designing and driving this process through the execution of organizational strategies that follow time-tested change management principles that approach the whole organizational system.

As a successful LGBT entrepreneur, Brown is a highly sought-after expert source on workplace diversity and inclusion and the future of work, speaking with authority on changing demographics, specific communities of identity including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, generations like Millennials, and the role of male leaders in change efforts. She has appeared in leading media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Diversity Journal and on Fox News, WCBS and more.

In the past several years, Brown has been named Woman of the Year by Pace University, Social Entrepreneur of the year by the NYC National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a finalist for the Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award, a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Program, one of the Top 40 Outstanding Women by Stonewall Community Foundation, and NYC Controller Bill Thompson’s LGBT Business Owner of the Year.

Brown keynotes and facilitates numerous internal company meetings, and is a frequent presenter and panel moderator at top industry conferences such as the National Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference, the Network of Executive Women (NEW), the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, the WBENC National Summit, Linkage, Diversity Best Practices, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and many others.

Read Jennifer’s best-selling book, “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change” in which she shares proven strategies to empower members of your entire organization to utilize all of their talents and potential to drive positive organizational change and the future of work.

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Jennifer Brown On Stage

Ash Varma
Chief Financial Officer

Ash Varma

Ash serves as CFO and Advisor to the CEO at JBC. Ash has over 25 years of experience providing direct Global Strategic Financial Management and Strategic Consulting Services to a variety of domestic and international clients. He has served as a CEO, CFO, COO, In-House Counsel, Trusted Advisor to the Chairman/CEO, and Strategic Business Consultant. In his career, he has worked with clients from nearly every aspect of the Full Company Growth Life Cycle, from start-up financing to mid-level growth & development, acquisitions and dispositions, roll-ups and mergers, and all related business and legal due diligence.

Ash’s professional experience includes work with media and entertainment companies, venture capital start-ups, new technologies, manufacturing and production, healthcare, nonprofits, and talent management. His specialties include: Global Strategic Financial Management, Strategic Business Consulting, Managing and Restructurings, Start-Ups & Roll-Ups, Mid-Level Growth Companies, Mergers and Acquisitions, Large Complex Financings, Creating Shareholder Value, Bankruptcies and Liquidations, Senior Executive Level Coaching and Consulting, Financial Metrics and Thoughtful Leadership, and Change and Innovation.

Ash’s passion is to strategically help manage an entity’s most important asset, its people, through the vicissitudes of complex restructuring, financing, startup, or other targeted goals. He also excels at strategically crafting solutions, sitting down and working with the Chairman and Board, running full hands-on initiatives with employees, devising creative and innovative workforce solutions, and assisting with significant cultural changes.

Robert Beaven
Managing Director

Robert Beaven

As the Managing Director of JBC, Robert Beaven oversees all company operations with a focus on strategic business development and operational effectiveness. Leveraging extensive C-suite collaboration experience, he focuses on helping both large and small organizations to cultivate an environment that embraces and supports JBC’s Welcomed, Valued, Respected and HeardSM diversity and inclusion model.

Robert is a strong cross-team facilitator who enables diverse groups to collaboratively align to ensure effective change management and thoughtful, impactful integration. He was involved in the early stages of business development for Jack Welch’s leadership training program, The Welch Way.  Robert also brings his operational and leadership skills to several startup organizations as a founding partner and is currently Board Chairman for several non-profit organizations. As a coach and executive consultant, he has worked with senior healthcare leadership in hospitals and QIOs to define effective strategies for continued success in the midst of evolving healthcare regulation, federal and private payment strategies, IHDN mergers, population health management and information technology. Robert has also been instrumental in helping companies develop effective strategies for managing remote teams, customers and consultants based in the US and around the globe and increasing the business’ agility to meet the needs of the emerging mobile economy.

Robert holds a BA in Authentic Leadership and Organizational Development and is continuing his education in the areas of Diversity, Authentic Leadership and Ethics to deepen his understanding of the challenges facing companies today including leading multi-generational and diverse global workforces.

Nikki Groom
Marketing Director

Nikki Groom

Nikki Groom is a digital marketer, brand strategist, and content marketing expert for business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to build a successful business while making the world a better place. She is the host of Movement Makers, a podcast featuring in-depth conversations and unfiltered stories from business leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference on the planet, and founder of The 100 Stories Worth Telling Project, which seeks to amplify the voices of women entrepreneurs all over the world.

Nikki is passionate about the power of storytelling as a way for thought leaders to humanize their businesses, build relationships with the people they most want to serve, and inspire readers into action. She is also a firm believer that all businesses should lead with empathy.

A lifetime storyteller and strategic thinker, Nikki spent 10 years in marketing management on either side of the Atlantic before stepping into the role of business owner. Today, she uses her intuition and insight to help people share their message, tell unforgettable stories, and experience the power of authentic, from-the-heart marketing.

Nikki has been hailed as “a force of nature”, “a rising superstar” and “one of the best” copywriters by leading luminaries. She appears in the book Winning the Battle for Attention by Stuart Atkins, was a contributing writer for the book End Sex Trafficking by Erin Giles, and has been featured by over 40 online publications and podcasts—including Vistaprint’s Owner Nation.

Veronica Pirillo
Speaking & Events Director, Executive Coordinator to the CEO

Veronica Pirillo

Veronica Pirillo brings over a decade of research and design, speaker procurement and logistics management experience to her role as Speaking & Events Director and Executive Coordinator at JBC, working with the team on the behind-the-scenes moving parts and details leading up to a busy speaking calendar, and helping to drive further opportunities to engage in important conversations and share the incredible power of inclusion.

Veronica began her career as an Assistant Events Producer at Working Mother Media, before embarking as an independent consultant.  As a Senior Conferences programmer, Veronica continued her work with the Conferences + Events department at Working Mother Media, Diversity Best Practices, and NAFE (The National Association of Female Executives) – programming national events that included Work Life Congress and the Multicultural Women’s National Conference, and a diverse selection of webinars and regional events.

A Canadian native, Veronica graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and completed her Masters of Science in Publishing at PACE University in New York City. She lives with her husband and three children in Western New York, and pursues lifestyle and real estate photography in her spare time.

Holly Kalyn
Sales & Events Coordinator

Holly Kalyn

Holly had always hoped she would be able to create positive change with her work. After earning her BA in English, she had the opportunity to intern at a non-profit organization for a cause that remains near and dear to her heart, animal rescue. During her internship, she took part in increasing the organization’s visibility, growing their professional partnership network, and recruiting volunteers and interns.

In 2015, Holly joined the JBC family, where she helps to ensure every employee is Welcomed, Valued, Respected and HeardSM, like she is at JBC.

Holly provides organizational and logistics support across all areas of the firm, and continues to manage relationships with an ever-growing network of valued clients and partners.

Billie Belter
Administrative & Events Coordinator

Billie Belter

Billie Belter joined the JBC team in 2016, and brings an eclectic and accomplished cross-industry background in customer service, client care and administrative services to her role as Administrative and Events Coordinator.

Billie started her career as an Opthalmic Technician in her hometown in Michigan. Deciding to explore the world and various cultures, she began a 10-year career as a flight attendant before returning to the field of Ophthalmology, where she worked for several years as an Optician/Opthalmic Technician, advancing in the field, and becoming certified.

Billie now resides in Western New York with her husband and their four-legged companion, Koda, and works closely with the Admin and Events department at JBC on coordination, communications, and logistics. She maintains her love of travel, and has a strong passion for cooking and learning about nutrition and exercise.

Sharon Noble Ziemer
Business Development Manager

Sharon Noble Ziemer

Sharon Noble Ziemer brings over 25 years of business experience to Jennifer Brown Consulting where she now serves as Manager of Business Development. She has a varied background in consumer and business to business sales services. She has also worked with inner city children and parents in three major cities, bringing a unique perspective on diversity and inclusion.

Sharon realized a 20-year passion by building the non-profit Run Free Ranch from inception to a successful venture. She created the nature-based life skills camp for Trenton, NJ youth, where they join a 2-year journey expanding their frame of reference. Camp takes place for 8 days on a mountain where the children cook healthy foods, hike, create art, dive into emotional intelligence, and engage with various speakers.  They also meet monthly and visit regional points of interest, such as Museums, New York City, Botanical Gardens, Artist Studios, Tent Camping, Philadelphia and more.

 

Sharon resides in Bucks County, PA, has three kids in college, and two dogs.  She is an avid dog walker and claims to be the Dog Whisperer of the East Coast.

Niki Garcia
Marketing Consultant

Niki Garcia

Niki Gallagher-Garcia brings more than a decade of product and client management experience with her to the JBC team, where she is operating as a marketing consultant. 

Niki worked previously in the insurance industry where she oversaw the design, implementation and marketing of numerous products and programs, in addition to managing strategic alliances and liaising with both employees and external partners at all levels.

At JBC Niki works closely with the Marketing Director to track campaign data, prepare reports, maintain databases, manage social media outreach, and coordinate and deliver marketing campaigns.

Niki resides in Connecticut with her husband and two young children, where you can often find her volunteering in her children’s school and running them from one activity to the next.

Kate Powers
Director of Content

Kate Powers

Kate has more than 15 years’ experience as a presentation specialist, strategic consultant, copywriter and editor. At home in both corporate and non-profit environments, she has taught, coached or directed at the National Theatre in London, at the Juilliard School, at Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, PaineWebber, and Novartis as well as at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and Fishkill Correctional Facility. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre at Drew University.

Kate is an expert at helping individuals figure out what to say, how to say it, and what they want their audiences to look at while they speak. She has assisted business professionals in finding their voices, overcoming their anxieties about public speaking and in cultivating confidence. She understands the value of knowing what story one wants to tell, and utilizing every element of presentation — from posture to PowerPoint — to support and reinforce that story, whether it be to an internal team or to a prospective shareholder.

Kate has an M.A. in Shakespeare with Distinction from the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon; she has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Drama League Directing Fellow. Kate earned a B.A. with Honors from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She also has a Certificate in Non-Profit Administration and Strategic Planning from New York University and has advanced training  from Shakespeare & Company as well as The Linklater Center.

Emily Nugent
Content Specialist

Emily Nugent

Emily has been working with Jennifer Brown Consulting since 2008. Her work extends to developing and managing processes in live virtual settings, helping with conference planning, communication strategies, sales efforts, and technical needs for Jennifer Brown Consulting’s broad client base.

Prior to working with JBC, Emily worked for Goldman Sachs, Vonage, and academic institutions such as Columbia University, Bard College, and Seton Hall Law School. She has also assisted with a variety of creative and financial start-ups that have been acquired by larger companies after becoming successful.

Emily brings a fresh perspective to current media platforms, changing technology, and the way we interact with the connective fabric surrounding our client’s personal and professional lives.

Emily specializes in using online tools for collaboration and e-learning. Emily also partners with other organizations to establish social networking strategies for major conferences, events, and networking groups with her strong project management, targeted social marketing strategies, and the implementation of collaborative software technology.

Emily began her career in Diversity & Inclusion by working as a Resident Advisor on campus while earning her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Monmouth University. She has run independent programs, poetry readings, and music events around the United States, winning awards for her creative writing, digital marketing, and graphic design skills, while accruing her professional prowess. Emily now mans the controls behind all of our interactive seminars, online meetings, and workshops.

When Emily isn’t running a webinar or managing a new client relationship, Emily can be found with her camera in hand, photographing weddings in the Tri-State region and volunteering as a photographer for non-profits like the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her second career as a professional photographer, Emily enjoys stand up paddle boarding at the Jersey Shore, volunteering for people with disabilities with her therapy dog (Penny), and playing gospel music on guitar with her family and friends.

Jessica Loccisano
Consulting Intern

Jessica is a Consulting Intern at Jennifer Brown Consulting, where she assists with the creation of the company’s thought leadership on diversity/inclusion in the workplace as well as assists in managing accounts for the organization.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she received a B.A. in Psychology and Marketing.

CDM
Diane Cheadle CEO/Founder - Creative Partner

 

Chuck Shelton
Chief Executive Officer, Greatheart Consulting

 

Chuck Shelton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Greatheart Consulting in Seattle. For more than 25 years, he has honed a unique expertise in engaging and equipping white male leaders and their diverse colleagues to grow their business through global diversity and inclusion (D&I). This specialty led to the publication of his groundbreaking book, Leadership 101 For White Men. He is the co-convenor, with Betsy Myers of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, of the Forum on Engaging Men, Advancing Women.

Mr. Shelton has developed inclusive leaders through global D&I projects on strategy, culture, engagement, talent, learning, and sales at Aetna, Alaska Airlines, Avon, Capgemini, Comcast, Key Bank, Liberty Mutual, Macy’s, Turner Construction, Safeco Insurance, Skanska Building USA, Travelers and more than sixty other organizations. He designed and directs the first and ongoing Study on White Men Leading Through Diversity & Inclusion. Corporate sponsors for the 2012 research included Alcoa, Bank of America, Exelon, Intel, Marsh & McLennan, PepsiCo, PwC, and Walmart Stores.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Shelton negotiated, designed and managed the first research project to benchmark 130 diversity practices in twenty leading firms in the technology industry, commissioned by Microsoft. In his first multicultural management job, he directed a social service agency for refugee resettlement across California, leading a team of thirty from five nations.

Mr. Shelton holds a master’s degree in ethics from an evangelical graduate school, Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in conflict studies from progressive Evergreen State College. He is certified to facilitate twelve leadership development programs.

As a diversity and inclusion expert, he has appeared on network television and talk radio, in national and local newspapers, and via webcasts, most recently with The Conference Board and Mercer diversity networks. Recent articles include “What About the White Guys?” in Diversity Executive, and “Trust-Powered Leadership” in Leadership Excellence. In the last year, his blogs have appeared in the Human Capital Exchange, MARC, the Diversity Journal, and Diversity Best Practices.

Recent speaking engagements include three Diversity Best Practices Member Conferences, the Northwest Diversity Learning Series, The Conference Board’s corporate D&I Conference (three times), the Multicultural Forum twice, two Macy’s divisions, Coca-Cola’s Diversity Speaker’s Series, and the Women’s Leadership Conferences with the Conference Board in New York and Calgary.

Since 1981, Mr. Shelton has spoken, consulted, coached, trained, researched, and written on leadership development and global diversity and inclusion internationally, through more than 320 presentations and projects.

Jenn Grace
LGBTQ Business Strategist

Jenn Grace
 

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society.

She is an Amazon best-selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant and on CNBC.

Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy and Purpose Driven Publishing. She holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Communications from Salem State University. A marathon runner, animal lover and novice birder, she lives in Hartford, Connecticut with her wife Andrea and their two children.

Pasha Cook
Pasha Cook & Associates

 

Pasha Cook is a native of Houston, Texas. She is a former basketball player for the University of Memphis. Shortly after graduating, Pasha sustained a career ending injury. After a 4-year career as an educator, she decided her return to sports would be to educate athletes on how to identify and develop their transferable skills.

Pasha facilitates diversity & inclusion workshops, leadership trainings and empowerment seminars. Her background incorporates work in the sports community where she educates and consults collegiate and pro athletes on diversity and inclusion and intentional transiting. Pasha has partnered with nonprofits, corporate sports organizations and collegiate institutions in creating workshops, seminars and lectures that focus on the challenges presented by race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, athletic identity and generational differences.

With an extensive background in sports, education and leadership development, Pasha brings to her training and facilitation a profound understanding of the need for diversity and inclusion in sports and corporate America, as well as the positive impact of intention leadership. As a highly sought-after public speaker, Pasha has a mission to empower others with her message of “Discovering Your Inner Champion.”

Pasha has worked with the WNBA, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, WPA, Dress for Success, University of Memphis, Wells Fargo, Brownsville Academy High School and Women CEO Project. Her independent consulting business, Pasha Cook & Associates, LLC, also includes women’s empowerment speaking, and personal and professional development coaching. Pasha received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2002 from the University of Memphis. She been featured on MSNBC, in the Houston Business Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, YSF Magazine, and her company was the 2015 recipient of the “Biggest Transformation,” award by Houston based company, Women CEO Project. Pasha is based in New York.

Alison Oxman
Program Manager

Alison Oxman
 

Alison Oxman, Project Manager, brings over twenty five years of process improvement, organization and event planning experience to JBC. Alison takes pride in providing clients with the highest standard of customer service over the entire project life cycle.

Before her arrival at JBC, she was a Human Resources Generalist and Recruiter in the IT, finance and healthcare industries in both Manhattan and northern New Jersey. Previously, she supported high level executives in top New York-based companies such as Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder and Bank of America.

After receiving a Liberal Arts degree in Theatre from State University of New York at Binghamton, she went on to become a casting director in film and television before a career change led her to project management.

Carmen Jones
Senior Consultant

Carmen Jones
 

Carmen Jones knows that people with disabilities are a large, yet overlooked market. She also knows people with disabilities will not be a factor in the diversity equation until corporations embrace them as a viable market segment. Carmen’s passion is to create win-win relationships linking companies and people with disabilities. 

Prior to founding the SMG in 1998, Carmen was the Vice President of Marketing at Evan Kemp Associates, Inc., and its three subsidiaries. She oversaw marketing and public relations for the company’s national publication, coordinated marketing for corporate clients, and developed marketing for the company’s durable medical equipment and van/vehicle conversion division.

SMG’s client list includes Darden Restaurants, CESSI, AT&T, Universal Designers and Consultants, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, American Express, Visa, UBS, America Online, ESPN, Questex Media, Global Lead, Fleishman-Hillard and al Punto Advertising. She has also conducted workshops or spoken at events for Major League Baseball, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the MultiCultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, Sodexo USA, the U.S. Business Leadership Network, The Hartford, the National Disability and Business Council Annual Conference, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Leadership Conference.

Carmen is active in the disability community and has held several leadership positions. She was on the Boards of the National Organization for Diversity in Sales and Marketing, the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging, Mount Vernon-Lee Enterprises, the Global Universal Design Commission, and Jill’s House, a respite care facility for children with disabilities. In 2008, Carmen was inducted into the National Spinal Cord Injury’s Hall of Fame for the category of Entrepreneur.

Carmen has been featured on On A Roll Radio, CNNfn, The New York Times, Black Enterprise, Glamour, New Mobility and Essence Magazine. She is a graduate of Hampton University, with a B.S. in Marketing. During her junior year she was injured in an automobile accident, resulting in paraplegia.

Claire Tse
Senior Consultant

Claire Tse
 

Claire Tse is a Jennifer Brown Consulting strategic partner and client-based lead located in Reston, VA. She is known for using her expertise as a multi-lingual master Organizational Development Consultant, leveraging her passion of infusing social neuroscience to optimize team performance. Starting with “Why” organizations are experiencing people problems, she facilitates strategic planning to uncover root causal factors, then collaborates with clients to make solid decisions to elevate employee and manager engagement to optimize performance by achieve mission both efficiently and effectively via multiple solutions identifying the “What” and the “How” sequentially.

Her well-received, results-oriented deliverables include an infusion of global cultural intelligence, emotional quotient competency, pipeline forecasting, identifying the ROI of Talent Development, and a solid communication plan with an end-goal of talent optimization. Some of her workshops focus on Creativity & Innovation, Unconscious Bias, Global Team Cohesiveness, Cultural IQ, Transgender 101, Influencing Through Storytelling, and Resiliency have contributed to increased talent retention, improved business processes and aiding leaders to facilitate culture change using balanced techniques to honor both people and process. Claire creates learning experiences to incorporate user psychological comfort to increase communication routes for all by incorporating HBDI whole brain approaches into designs.

Current clients include Fortune 100 companies, Federal and Local government and nonprofit organizations, with the majority of clients in middle management to senior executive roles.   Claire has clients throughout the United States, and in England, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, China, Colombia and Brazil. Her early years as Mobil Oil Corporation’s first Asian woman Marketing Representative offered Claire 15 years of in-house corporate life.

Claire earned her Behavioral Psychology B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Masters of General Administration from University of Maryland University College. She is an EXCEL and Leading Edge instructor at Howard Community College and previously taught at the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development. Claire is a Commissioner-at-Large for the Fairfax County Small Business Commission, and on the McLean Community Players Board of Directors. She is the co-author of “The SOLVE Communication™ Method” to support intercultural understanding via culturally respectful dialogue.

Dave Ciliberto
Senior Consultant

Dave Ciliberto
 

Dave Ciliberto is a Senior Human Resources Professional with over 25 years of leadership and expertise in Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Development, Training and Facilitation, Executive Coaching, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Career Transition. He provides guidance and consultation to many organizations and governmental agencies including EEOC, NSA, Department of Energy, Yale University, Harvard University and CUNY on strategies and implementation approaches for integrating D&I and Leadership programs into goal setting and performance management. Dave also develops and delivers D&I leadership and training programs to Fortune 500 and smaller companies including HSBC, New York Life Insurance Company, Bayer Pharma, ION Media, Harley Davidson, Morgan Stanley and more.

Dave is most frequently quoted and featured in academic and business media for his work in the area of D&I, citing Dave Ciliberto Enterprises and his current roles as Senior Vice President with Partners in Human Resources International and D&I Senior Consultant with Jennifer Brown Consulting.

Dave is certified in Diversity Management by The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and is a graduate of Lynchburg College, holding a BA in Business Administration. He is also an adjunct instructor for Cornell University ILR where he creates and delivers many D&I programs to a wide variety of organizations.

When he is not immersed in his D&I work, Dave pursues a part-time entrepreneurial career in photography with an emphasis on architecture, landscapes, seascapes and travel. His photographs have been featured in several exhibitions in New York City, where he resides with his husband.

Elfi Martinez
Senior Consultant

 

Elfi Martinez is a walker of several worlds. From inner-city Chicago to Wall Street to Hollywood, he has lived a life of eclectic and profound experiences that have honed a unique worldview and creative approaches to obstacles and opportunities. He cultivated his ability to create and communicate emotionally resonant messages while writing for television as a selectee to the prestigious Warner Brothers Television Writers’ Workshop and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program.

Elfi develops his strategic and facilitation acumen as an independent Organizational Development Consultant – specializing in Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence, Visioning/Business Development, and Diversity & Inclusion for nonprofits and Fortune 500 clients including Microsoft, T-Mobile, LinkedIn, GlaxoSmithKline, Capital One, NPR/PBS, The Red Cross and Education Pioneers.

Elfi’s analytical skills were honed via an MBA in Corporate Finance and Accounting from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and later as an Assistant Vice-President in Securities Lending for the Bank of New York.

Elfi enjoys giving back to the Latino Community as a member of Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s) – where he held several leadership positions including Vice-President of Marketing and Corporate Relations for the Philadelphia chapter. He was elected chapter President for 2014 – where he led a Board of 11 Officers and over 500 members and served as the key liaison with corporate partners, universities, chapter members and community organizations.

Elizabeth Derby
Senior Consultant

Elizabeth Derby
 

Elizabeth Derby brings over twenty-five years of line and human capital expertise to Jennifer Brown Consulting where she now serves as a Senior Consultant. She is adept at partnering to drive change and results-focused inclusion and diversity (I&D) approaches at global and U.S. organizations and translating I&D into talent, culture and business results. Having experience with start-up and established initiatives, Elizabeth has specific expertise in Culture and Change Management, Client Connectivity, Implicit Bias Mitigation, Employee/Business Resource Groups, Talent Acquisition, Development & Retention, Employer of Choice, Facilitation & Training, Communication, Insights & Metrics, External Partnerships and Work/Life Integration.

Most recently Elizabeth served as Voya Financial’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Previously as Head of Diversity & Inclusion for RBC Capital Markets she led the development and execution of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion and partnered to drive the global strategy. Her experience includes 20 years at Credit Suisse/Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) where she held several roles including Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Head of Firm-wide Campus Relations and Head of MBA Recruiting for Investment Banking. She started her career at DLJ as a Public Finance banker.

Elizabeth is also active in the community. She is a current Board Member for Wellesley-in-Westchester and former Board Member of the Forté Foundation. She has also served as a Girl Scout (GS) leader for thirteen years, receiving a GS Outstanding Leader Award. Elizabeth graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Economics and French.

Karen Brown
Senior Consultant

Karen Brown
 

Karen Brown is a results-focused business driver with a passion for being the voice of the voiceless. She’s an author and sought-after global speaker who has frequently been recognized globally for her work. An experienced operations executive, her background is rich in multicultural, global experience and demonstrated success promoting diversity and inclusion within the corporate, non-profit, and academic sectors.

Having served Baker McKenzie, the second largest law firm in the world, as Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, her key areas of expertise include advising top executives on appropriate strategies for the organization, and making policy recommendations which enhance business results, limit job turnover, increase employee performance, and enhance morale and productivity.

Dedicated to pioneering the path for diversity & inclusion, she is adept at using data analytics as insights for decision-making. Her specific expertise is in P&L Management, Public Speaking, Focus Groups, Strategic Business Planning, ROI Alignment, Executive Diversity Councils, Leadership, Panel/Workshop Facilitation, Branding, Communication, Coaching/Mentoring, Key Performance Indicators (KIPs), Scorecard, External Partnerships, Business/Employee Resource Groups, Board Relations, Education, Talent Acquisition, and Development & Retention.

In addition to her role at Baker McKenzie, Karen’s experiences across other global conglomerates include Monsanto, Baxter Healthcare, Rockwell Collins, Sodexo, and Diversity Focus. She is a member of National Association of Corporate Directors. She’s also served as advisor and board member to WorldChicago, Chicago United, National Organization on Disability (NOD), Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLESN), Diversity Focus, Big Brother, Big Sister, QUEST/ICEDR, among others.

Karen holds an M.A. from Norfolk State University in Human Resources and Urban Affairs, a B. S. in Hotel Restaurant, Institutional Management & Dietetics from Kansas State University and is Lean Six Sigma certified.

Kevin England
Senior Consultant

 

Kevin England, Ph.D. is an educator, researcher, and subject matter expert in the HR and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) space. Kevin’s work has helped transform the systems and practices that drive organizational culture, to ensure that every employee is embraced and valued in the workplace. His areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion councils, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and change and talent management. 

After completing his doctoral studies in Human Capital Management, with a focus in diversity programs in the workplace, Kevin launched multiple research programs studying ERG leaders and allies in the workplace. Kevin also holds PHR, SHRM-CP, and Six Sigma Black Belt industry certifications.

An adjunct faculty member at several accredited universities, Kevin teaches undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals in the fields of leadership, change, D&I, and ERGs.  He also enjoys speaking on the subject of D&I, and has brought years of experience and knowledge to his workshops and expert panels at events such as the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, the ERG Leadership Summit at USC’s Center for Effective Organizations, and the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.  

Kevin is on the Board of Directors at Reaching Out, an organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) graduate students and professionals.

Originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, Kevin lives in New York City with his husband.

Jeffrey Smith
Senior Consultant

Jeffrey Smith
 

Jeffery L. Smith is a dedicated HR executive with a successful track record of improving employee productivity and contributing to employee growth and development. Known for his ability to build highly effective teams and deliver operational excellence, Jeffery has consistently enhanced the strategic performance of several business units within Fortune 50 companies. He partners with influential business leaders to prioritize and meet organization goals.

As a business leader with over 25 years’ experience, Jeffery has been recognized in Sales and HR for delivering breakthrough results at Procter & Gamble, a Fortune 50 company. Throughout his career, he has developed expertise, and was sought to lead in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Strategy Development, Recruitment & Selection, Organization Assessment & Design, Employee Relations, and Leadership Development.

Jeffery was Associate Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion where he was instrumental in driving organizational efficiency, developing strategy, and improving public relations. Through his leadership significant funding was secured to support employee resource groups and a multimillion dollar, multi-year partnership was initiated with strategic external partners. Jeffery was able to improve operations by developing a global strategy that streamlined diversity curriculum, improved scorecard delivery, and standardized communication processes. As an HR Business Partner, Jeffery led organization designs that closed budget gaps up to $5 million. He also successfully managed a range of high risk employee relations cases and served as regional recruiter for multiple sales regions.

Most recently, he was Executive Director of Diversity Best Practices where he worked with Fortune 500 C-Suite leaders to develop diversity and organizational strategies. He was also recognized as a leader in ERG strategy development and infrastructure building. He was also a featured speaker and panelist at DBP’s domestic and global conferences.

A global leader, he has led training and development sessions in Western Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia. He has also been a featured panelist and speaker on Diversity & Inclusion at several conferences throughout the country.

Nancy Mace
Senior Consultant

Nancy Mace
 

Nancy Mace brings more than 25 years of experience to the JBC team helping corporations and nonprofits grow and develop.

Nancy has held executive-level roles in human resources at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Marine Terminals Corporation and Barclays Global Investors. She has extensive experience in training design and facilitation, program design and management, cultural engagement, talent management and leadership development and has worked in-­house and as an independent consultant for a variety of organizations, including Yahoo!, Capital One, Coca-­Cola, HP, Intel, Clorox, Oracle, BlackRock, Swedish Institute of Management, SF Aids Walk and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

Nancy has created and led multiple leadership universities, and designed and facilitated programs in conflict resolution, strategic planning, and performance consulting, and many other subjects. Nancy has combined her love of travel with her career on several global assignments.

In her role as the Director of Community Empowerment with Out & Equal, Nancy drew on her vast experience and personal passion to support, engage, resource and coach the networks of committed volunteers who are bringing Out & Equal’s mission of ending workplace discrimination for the LGBT community to life. Her role centered on rewarding collaborations with Regional Affiliates, Employee Resource and Affinity Groups and LGBT partner organizations.

Her LGBT work began first by becoming certified as an LGBT diversity trainer. It was from there that she began working with employee resource groups and leadership in strategic planning and team effectiveness. She has since helped coach numerous ERGs, their leaders and sponsors to higher personal performance and transformed team results.

Nancy served on the Board of Directors for 10 plus years at the YMCA in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. A longtime and committed ally to the LGBT community, Nancy loves travelling to new places and embarking on myriad adventures. She holds a BA in Sociology and Organizational Development from the University of California, Davis. She lives and laughs daily with her partner, Andy, and their spunky rescue dog, Biscuit, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Tom Bourdon
Senior Consultant

Tom Bourdon
 

Dr. Tom Bourdon is a dedicated and enthusiastic diversity and inclusion expert who brings over fifteen years of experience to the JBC team, where he serves as a Senior Consultant. Tom is highly sought after because of his unique style: culturally competent, genuine, enjoyable to work with, and passionate about creating positive change.  He is motivated by his drive to generate more inclusion and equity in the world.

Tom has held senior positions at various social justice, LGBTQ, non-profit and education-focused organizations, having been the Executive Director of Greater Boston PFLAG and also serving at the helm of LGBT Centers at UCLA, NYU, and Tufts University (where he also ran Tufts’ Social Justice Leadership Initiative for six years).  He is currently the Director of Talent at Bottom Line, where he oversees all talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as various aspects of employee trainings and leadership development. Tom has also been an adjunct professor at Merrimack College for the past five years, where he teaches masters-level courses in diversity and identity development.

Over his career, Tom’s eclectic background has allowed him to partner and serve as a consultant, trainer, and speaker in both the for-profit, non-profit, government, and education sectors. As a consultant, he is able to apply his expertise to a multitude of diversity and inclusion related areas, such as building and strengthening Employee/Business Resource Groups, strategic planning, targeted messaging, program development, and community relations/partnerships.  His background, knowledge, and enthusiasm also make him a popular keynote speaker and panelist, where he often covers topics such as: the value of authenticity; how to create welcoming and inclusive environments; and the critical importance of being an ally.  Recent clients include Microsoft, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Aetna, State of Connecticut Department of Labor, and the National Credit Union Administration.   

Tom received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College, his Masters of Education from UCLA, and his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. He also has a certification in Life Coaching from New York University.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his husband and their 5- and 7-year-old children.

Sabrina Griffin
Senior Consultant

Sabrina Griffin
 

Sabrina A. Griffin has joined Jennifer Brown Consulting after 31 years of service at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, where she served most recently as Assistant Vice President & Diversity Manager. She successfully identified and managed leadership development programs geared towards women, people of color, and LGBTQ employees. Sabrina was also responsible for identifying diverse talent recruiting sources; developing, managing, realigning and rebranding employee resource groups; and advising business leaders on how to raise awareness for the company’s brand in order to increase revenue from diverse markets. Her initiatives directly contributed to Chubb earning numerous awards for its diversity and inclusion initiatives.   

Over Sabrina’s career, she has advised a myriad of organizations on their diversity strategies and assisted them in establishing the business case for diversity and inclusion. Prior to becoming a diversity and inclusion professional, Sabrina served as a Financial Institutions Underwriter, Risk Manager, and Regulatory Compliance Auditor at Chubb and a Commercial Lines Underwriter at The Travelers Insurance Company. She also worked in banking operations for Bankers Trust. She now serves as a Senior Consultant for Jennifer Brown Consulting.

Sabrina earned her B.S. degree in Marketing and Management from the Stern School of Business, New York University; an MBA in Finance from the Lubin School of Business, Pace University; and a Human Resources Management Professional Certificate, Executive Education at Rutgers School of Business – Camden.

Sabrina is an active member of Fountain Baptist Church of Summit, New Jersey, where she serves as a mentor to adolescent girls and teens. She also enjoys photography, playing golf and traveling.

Sharon Smith-Mauney
Program Manager

 

Sharon Smith-Mauney is an independent project management, communications and diversity specialist and award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit, public and private sector organizations. Her focus is working with groups that leverage diversity and inclusion strategies to create more innovative, impactful and sustainable organizations.  Her background includes extensive work with companies such as Cisco Systems, Toyota Financial Services, Wells Fargo, BBVA Compass Bank and Target as well as with nonprofit organizations such as the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Fearless, Women’s Network and Team-Up for Youth.

As Director of Diversity and Outreach for the United States Tennis Association, a post she held for 18 years, Sharon successfully launched a groundbreaking diversity and inclusion program, creating strategies, partnerships, initiatives and policies that paved the way for diversity and outreach practices that are still considered the gold standard throughout the USTA and the broader tennis industry. In addition, she has developed curriculum, created outreach programs and served as a diversity facilitator for organizations such as the National Consortium for Academics and the Solano County Department of Health among others. She recently served as National Director of Training for a national non-profit organization focused on creating programs and opportunities for children in low income, urban elementary schools. From 2005 to 2009 Sharon operated Black Goddess Communications, a cause-related, African-American and woman-owned public relations agency which she co-founded.

A self-proclaimed “barrier-breaker,” Sharon has been a long-standing community advocate for racial equality and has served on behalf of organizations such as the Coalition of Alamedans for Racial Equality and the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. She helped found the Alameda Multicultural Center, which is still active today. In addition to her work with nonprofit and community organizations, Sharon is an on-camera talent represented by MDT Agency in San Francisco. She also consults in the areas of marketing, fashion and interior design, holds a BS in Journalism and Mass Communications and is most often found on the tennis court when she’s not juggling her many pursuits. Sharon lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and adult son.