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.
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.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
Katie is the Director of Jennifer Brown Consulting, a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm. At JBC, 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.
Katie is renowned for her ability to establish trust and personally connect with her clients and people “respect and look to her expertise” on inclusive leadership development programming, diversity and inclusion strategies and business resource group management. Prior to joining Jennifer Brown Consulting, Katie managed the diversity and inclusion learning and development strategy at Capital One specializing in the creation of a differential investment strategy and programming to support enterprise-wide initiatives. Prior to that, she was responsible for technical learning and development, and risk and compliance management.
Katie has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management with a concentration on Diversity and Inclusion Management from, Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Seattle Business Association, Steering Committee of the Seattle Diversity Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice, and Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Junior League of Seattle.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Ray Arata is a California-based integrative leadership coach, inclusion consultant and cultural facilitator. Ray’s personal mission involves going into the corporate world and getting male executives to stand up and stand strong when it comes to including and advancing women.
Ray brings his passion for working with men to the very relevant topic of enlisting the engagement of men to support gender equality. With over 10,000 hours of men’s personal leadership work under his belt, having led transformational workshops and men’s groups,and coaching men, Ray brings a unique and much needed experiential point of view that supports organizations in meeting men where they are and guiding them on an inclusionary leadership journey where women, the organization, and men all win. In addition to his coaching and consulting practice, Ray is the author of the recently released book, Wake Up Man Up Step Up: Transforming Your Wake Up Call to Emotional Health and Happiness.
As a co-founder of Gender Leadership Group: Advocates for Business Inclusion, Ray is committed to the transformation of the gender perspective from which organizations engage with all stakeholder groups: customers, employees, investors, partners and the global community.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
David Allyn, PhD is the former CEO of the diversity-talent pipeline organization Oliver Scholars and the former Director of Education of NJ SEEDS, a program that promotes socio-economic equity for low-income students. He has led workshops for thousands of individuals on being one’s authentic self and accepting others as they are. He serves on the Equity and Justice Committee of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a former trustee of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). As a faculty member at Princeton University, he served as the faculty advisor to the LGBTQ student group. He has written about his own life story for the gay national magazine, The Advocate, and is the author of a guidebook geared toward LGBTQ travellers.
He is an expert on interpersonal interaction and is the author of I Can’t Believe I Just Did That, a book about overcoming self-consciousness, embarrassment and shame. David’s work has been profiled in Psychology Today, The New York Times, and Black Enterprise. He has appeared on both CNN and MSNBC. He developed the concept of “tactical empathy,” an innovative framework for developing one’s listening and perspective-taking skills, two of the most critical skills in diversity work.
He has served as a facilitator for the acclaimed organization Seeds of Peace, which brings together teenagers from multicultural backgrounds for dialogue and coexistence training.
David holds a B.A. from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard University. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Heilbroner Center at The New School in New York. He is based in New York City.
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.
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.
John Basile brings over 30 years of human resources management expertise, including his most recent role as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Fidelity Investments. John’s strength is in building partnerships and influencing business leaders in driving culture change and building inclusive teams. Throughout his career, John has led teams focused on talent acquisition, business unit HR support, talent management, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. He is adept at consulting to all levels within an organization from C‐Suite executives to front line associates.
John has proven success in creating and sustaining effective D&I strategies, building and engaging employee resource groups, creating education and awareness programs in support of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and coaching business leaders on how to be more impactful, inclusive leaders. John is also a skilled facilitator, moderator and emcee and has been a frequent keynote speaker and panelist as a subject matter expert on Diversity and Inclusion topics.
In early 2014, John was recognized by the NGLCC as “Corporate Leader of the Year” for his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the financial services sector. In 2015 Boston Spirit Magazine named John to their list of “Top 25 LGBT Power Players” in New England. Also, in 2017 the Elevate ERG Academy named John its’ “Corporate Executive of the Year.”
John is also a founding partner of Pride in Our Workplace. PIOW is a forum for executives and professionals to share diversity and inclusion best practices, promote stronger networks, develop professional skills, and promote and build employee/business resource group capabilities.
John is a graduate of Boston College, Carroll School of Management
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, 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.
La Mikia Castillo is a native Angeleno whose roots are firmly planted in Los Angeles, CA, but whose career has taken her from coast to coast developing leaders, cultivating partnerships, and engaging elected officials in critical policy change initiatives.
In her most recent role, La Mikia served as the National Organizing Director of the National Foster Youth Institute, where she developed and implemented the organization’s strategic plan for building a national movement of foster youth leaders and who were empowered to advocate for the transformation of the child welfare system. In her role, La Mikia engaged Members of Congress representing over 100 congressional districts in efforts to improve outcomes for foster youth and families across the country. She also designed and implemented leadership development trainings for hundreds of youth and young adults.
Prior to joining the National Foster Youth Institute, La Mikia was the Associate Director, Western Region, of Education Pioneers, a national education management organization that identified, recruited and trained individuals to become leaders and managers in the education sector. During her time at Education Pioneers, La Mikia managed the team responsible for recruitment, selection, admissions, placement, partner cultivation and program implementation for the Graduate School Fellowship Program across the region. She helped place and develop nearly
300 Fellows throughout her tenure. Additionally, she co-managed the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, with a focus on increasing diversity among the organization’s staff, as well as the talent that the organization recruited for their partner organizations across the nation.
La Mikia earned her Master of Public Policy and Master of Urban Planning degrees, and received Certificates in Public Management and Political Management from the University of Southern California, where she teaches as an adjunct professor. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies & Planning from the University of California, San Diego.
La Mikia is an active member of Fountain of Life Church in Long Beach, CA, where she served as a founding board member and volunteer in the church’s Family Center tutoring program. She enjoys writing, traveling, and vegan cooking with her husband, Daniel and their dog, Ginger.
MaryAnn Fappiano has over 30 years of experience in brokerage and treasury operations of which 26 years were at Morgan Stanley where she held several senior Managing Director roles within Institutional Operations and Global Cash Management. She is also former Managing Director at Societe Generale where she was the Head of Americas Capital Market Operations. She has deep knowledge of organization models, business controls and infrastructure, coupled with a passion for leadership and for developing staff.
MaryAnn’s strong passion for People Development has led to a career transition to Human Capital Management with an emphasis on People & Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Coaching with accreditation by International Coach Federation. MaryAnn has been instrumental in leading Human Capital Management and Diversity efforts at Societe Generale, Gartland and Mellina Group, and Morgan Stanley. She served as an Advisor to SG’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, Member of SIFMA’s Diversity Committee.
MaryAnn is a Certified ICF Professional Coach and Certified Diversity Professional. She is a Certified Treasury Professional and has previously held FINRA series 3 and 27 licenses. She is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting. She received a certificate from London Business School – Centre for Management Development. She is the recipient of Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.
Mrs. Fappiano is a member of the Women’s Bond Club, WBC mentoring committee, and International Coach Federation (ICF).
Solonje is a people advocate who works towards humanizing the workplace by building bridges where there are gaps. She is dedicated to improving company culture through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a consultant, she provides advice to create more innovative culture conferences, designs and implements D&I programming, as well as forges consultant + company partnerships for agencies. Clients include Working Mother Media, BetterWorks, and Koya Leadership Partners.
Prior to launching her consultancy, she executive produced Life@Work at Live Grey and focused on their inclusion strategy. Additionally, she represented Live Grey on Pineapple Co’s D&I committee. She began her career in nonprofit fundraising and event producing, and has worked with many organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, the Harlem School of the Arts, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.
She founded Den Entertainment in 2012, a boutique firm specializing in culture curation. The Den family includes Swedish design collective 3xStudio, jazz/world musicians from over 60+ different countries from Argentina to Israel and Zimbabwe, and musical curatorial residencies. She takes great pride in providing individualized attention to all involved, to ensure that the event is complimentary to her vision of inclusion.
Solonje is a political activist speaking out on equality and human justice. She is a singer, performing solo as Solie, and with rock band Exhibition that recently released their debut EP Last Dance on Cult Records.
She has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in African Studies from Wellesley College and a M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.
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 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 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.