Meet Our Training Team
Diversity Builder’s trainers facilitate dynamic experiential classes that use industry-specific real life exercises to produce optimal learning outcomes.
Building Better Workplace Cultures
“When learners see the workplace from others’ perspectives and set actionable diversity goals, true change begins. Our trainers’ engaging facilitation approach encourages a high level of participation and accelerates progress in building a culture of inclusion.”
Each Diversity Builder trainer brings a unique set of life experiences, expertise and passion for inclusion into each workshop.
Diversity Trainers Chicago *New York City *Houston *San Diego *Atlanta *Seattle *Boston *Washington DC
Diversity Builder trainers are located across the nation in nearly every state in the nation. This geographical strategy reduces travel expense and helps us contribute to global sustainability. Locations include New York City, Washington DC, San Diego, Nashville, Seattle, Boston, Nashville, St. Louis, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Denver, Chicago, and even in Europe (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Our trainers and consultants bring a variety of skills and life experiences. We have trainers who have earned law or doctorate degrees and focus on compliance programs such as ADA training and harassment prevention. Other diversity trainers are world-wide travelers adept at facilitating global culturally-focused on-boarding with a focus on achieving lasting inclusion. Diversity Builder trainers have held sales and leadership and/or human resources roles within corporate environments to include The Walt Disney Company, YMCA, Salesforce, Capgemini, Randstad, TripleLift (NYC), IBM, Gaylord Entertainment, The American Bar Association, State Farm, CIGNA HealthCare, Laromme Hotels, ABB Optical Group, Aetna Inc., Burberry, Fuze, National Grid, Macy’s, Dillards, ZOLL Medical Corporation, Apple, Disability Rights California, Banana Republic, General Motors, Re/Max Realty, State of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Lotus United, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Nordstrom, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and Bank of America.
Diversity Builder has trainers on our team who are fluent in Spanish and English and who can lead California mandated harassment training (SB 1343) in English and Spanish. Other topics available in Spanish are leadership, diversity and inclusion, respect in the workplace, and unconscious bias. Other classes may be available in Spanish. Please send an inquiry with specific questions or call us directly.
Higher Education Programs
Some trainers are accomplished in the academic space and have been instrumental in creating diversity-related programs or led educational programs in colleges and universities such as the University of Chicago, Belmont University (Nashville), Lincoln University of Missouri, Rutgers University of New York, DePaul University School of Law and primary school environments in Chicago, Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, City University of New York (CUNY), Farmingdale State College, University of the South, City College of New York, and Columbia State Community College in Tennessee.
Our Chicago-based trainers have led important projects and have notable accomplishments. One team member was part of the leadership group at the University of Chicago that developed the Office of LGBTQI Student Life. One of our trainers served as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Loyola University Chicago and as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at DePaul University. In the Chicago area we have facilitated D&I training for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill’s architectural design and engineering employees, Buschman Homes, and Laramar Group’s real estate employees.
Diversity Builder’s trainers have written some best-selling books, published numerous journal papers, submitted published works to newspapers on the topic of workplace diversity. Simma Lieberman is the author of three books, Putting Diversity to Work, How to Successfully Lead a Diverse Workforce, The Diversity Calling, Building Community One Story at a Time, and 110 Ways to Champion Diversity and Build Inclusion.
Armida Russell coauthored the book The Diversity Directive: Why Some Initiatives Fail & What to Do About It.
Melody Fowler-Green has published works in several legal treatises, law-related journals, and newspapers. Her article entitled, “Syrian refugee question deserves a civil discussion” was published in The Tennessean. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the top law journal on the topic of poverty, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy.
Two of our trainers are SHRM Senior Certified Professionals. Diversity Builder trainers hold the following advanced degrees:
Doctorate in Philosophy Higher Education from Loyola University of Chicago
Master’s of Science, Human Resources Management
Master’s Degree in College Student Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago
Doctorate in Business Administration from California International University
Master’s Degree in Economics from University of South Florida and Western Kentucky University
Master’s Degree MBA in Organizational Leadership from Marylhurst University (Oregon)
Master’s Degree in Education from Lipscomb University
Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions
Master’s Degree in English Literature from City University of New York City College
MBA in Human Resources
Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs
Program and Assessment Certifications:
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment
- Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode instrument
- DISC assessment
- Strengths Performance Coach credentialized by Gallup University (StrengthsFinder)
- CAEL – Career and Educational Advising
- Design Thinking Practitioner
- Advanced Smartboards
- SCRUM Master facilitator of agile development team that allows employees on teams to self-organize
One of our Chicago trainers completed the Harvard Kennedy program on Change Management Leadership (Effective Change Through Public Policy and Management), the Executive Leadership Program from National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), Mediation education, and Executive Leadership Training Program from the Center for Creative Leadership.
Our time management trainer holds certifications in the following;
- Certified Professional Organizer
- Workplace Productivity Specialist
Our Charlotte, North Carolina-based trainer completed the Predictive Index human resources certification program and our Maryland-based trainer has received certification as a Human Capital Strategist. One of our executive coaches is a certified StrengthsFinders Performance Coach, credentialized by Gallup University. She is also certified in Career and Education Advising.
Trainer Curriculum Specialties
- Cultural Competency
- ADA Training
- Health Care Diversity & Inclusion
- Financial Institution & Bank Inclusion
- Law Enforcement & Police Diversity
- EEOC Compliance
- Team Building to Enhance Performance and Innovation
- Leadership Excellence
- Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
- SB 1343 California Harassment Prevention Training
- Culturally-Focused On-Boarding (Cross-Cultural Training)
- Resolving Unconscious Bias
- Generational Diversity in the Workplace
- Diversity Policy and Program Consulting
- Collaboration Across Organizational Boundaries
- Diversity and Inclusion in Education and Schools
- Time Management
- StrengthsFinder 2.0
- Emotional Intelligence
Get Started with Diversity Training
We have a number of trainers and consultants on our team. Here are a few of our team members….