Cheryl Ingram PhD-CEO and Founder, Cheryl is an inspiring, innovative, solutions oriented, thought leader and practitioner of Diversity and Inclusion. Her passion for equity and equality ignited her current career path as the CEO and Founder of Diverse City LLC, a diversity and inc. Diverse City LLC specializes in diversity and inclusion consulting. Recently, Diverse City LLC was selected as a finalist in the Greater Seattle Business Associations, “New Business of the Year Award” after just four months of being in business. In 8 months, she has secured partnerships that approach multiples axes including but not limited to institutionalized racism, sexism, employee engagement, and recruitment and retention. She has been training and coaching in the area of diversity and inclusion for 15 years for organizations such as the Families and Youth Incorporated, University of Washington, Ada Developers Academy, Highline Public Schools and the Greater Seattle Business Association. In 3 ½ years Cheryl earned her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Multicultural Studies at New Mexico State University. In relation to her passionate career, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Un-loop a national technical training program that addresses recidivism in prisons throughout Washington State.
Judy Blair-Consultant, Judy is a trained facilitator who is able to help your team be productive while tackling tough conversations. While she is skilled as facilitating all types of conversations, what gives her joy is doing racial equity work. Judy has been a member of Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) since 2012, and she serves on its education team as a facilitator. In 2016 she joined the leadership team of the Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition (NPARC), which also requires facilitation of monthly community meetings. As a White woman who immigrated to the United States as a child, Judy has a unique perspective on the systems of oppression at work in our culture. Her immigrant experience gives her some critical distance when examining tough topics, but it also lends empathy to those who have struggled and continue to struggle. This blend of compassion and analysis informs her work as a facilitator and the way she interacts with people every day.
Makeda Hope-Crichlow MPA-Concultant, Makeda is a first-generation immigrant, from Barbados in the West Indies. She hails from Denver and went to Colorado State University to earn her BA in Liberal Arts, minoring in Ethnic Studies and Diversity in Law. A recent graduate from the University of Washington with her Masters of Public Administration, she specialized in social policy, diversity, and equity. She has spent her career focused on these causes – serving as President and Treasurer of diversity organizations, as a speaker on multiple panels, and as a committed community resource. Makeda is passionate about empowering others with the tools they need to become agents of change for equity and inclusion in their daily lives. Makeda is a self-proclaimed shopping addict, a serial bruncher, and a lover of all things sun.
Dr. Elena Esquibel-Facilitator, Elena earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University. During her doctoral program, Dr. Esquibel focused on Intercultural Communication, Performance Studies, and Critical Communication Pedagogy. With more than ten years of teaching experience in higher education, she has taught at diverse institutions including California State University, Long Beach, Southern Illinois University, DePaul University, and the University of Utah. Dr. Esquibel currently holds a tenure-track position in Communication Studies and Equity and Social Justice at Shoreline Community College. Dr. Esquibel has a background in interactive performance for social change, specifically theatre based on the work of Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed. Dr. Esquibel has done performance work with diverse populations including women on parole, rescued sex workers, Mexican migrant children, racially segregated communities, high school and college students, faculty, and more. Dr. Esquibel is affiliated with Pure Praxis, a social justice performance troupe. She traveled to New England, Illinois, California, Texas, Florida, and Japan to facilitate sexual assault prevention and education performances for thousands of active service women and men in the U.S. Navy.
Keita H. Williams- DEI Public Relations, Keita specializes in PR and integrated marketing. Her expertise includes traditional media relations, influencer engagement, national product launches and event management. In her past experience, Keita has conceptualized and executed PR plans across brands of various sizes and stages. From mobile phones, tablets, laptops, apps and digital entertainment, her client experience includes Microsoft Windows 10, Amazon Digital Music and Movies, TracFone, Getty Images, Slacker, DC Shoes, Artful Dodger, Sony and CASIO G-Shock. Keita has also facilitated key partnerships with nationally recognized brands like Dress for Success, Showtime and Complex Media. An astute marketer, Keita has previously organized and set a mass participation Guinness World Record™ for “The World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra” to celebrate Monty Python’s Spamalot on Broadway. This campaign went on to win the Marketing Agency Association Worldwide (MAAW) Globes Award for “Best Small Budget Campaign”.She is also the Founder and Chief Strategist of Success Bully, an elite accountability practice and content platform dedicated to supporting visionaries of all types in their goal attainment across both their personal and professional lives. Additionally, she has been conducting sold out “Success Bully Work It Shops” and speaking locally in Seattle for various women’s organizations.
Cynthia Tee- Facilitator, Cynthia is a strong believer and supporter of growing inclusion through allyship skills. Currently VP of Product at Playfab and formerly Executive Director for Ada Developers Academy, she actively works on her two passions in the tech industry: building great products and championing inclusive behavior by being a facilitator of the Ally Skills Workshop. Cynthia’s industry experience also spans many years at Microsoft building a wide range of products; she earned her Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and currently lives in North Seattle with her husband and 2 children. She is an avid aerial hoop and pole dance instructor.
Patricio Ku- Consultant, Patricio is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all facets of life. As a former teacher who has taught all around the country, Patricio specializes in leading educational institutions and organizations through comprehensive equity journeys. He has collaborated with many different organizations on DEI initiatives that assess and transform both internal culture and external practices. Patricio also works in the environmental field with Triangle Associates as an environmental consultant. In addition, he serves on multiple non-profit boards that focus on environmental education. Patricio graduated with a B.A. from Pitzer College and M.Ed from the University of Washington. In his spare time, he likes to take advantage of sunny days in the Pacific Northwest and explore the Seattle DIY music scene.
Neiha Arora-Recruiter, Neiha is the founder of Creative Ninja and also sits on several non-profit organizations. As a designer and a recruiter, she brings 13 years of experience working with a range of clients, guiding and mentoring recent graduates, or someone who is transitioning in their career. As a candidate, she knows how hard it can be to land your first job, or transition from one space to another, she has been there. She drives her energy from diverse and inclusive communities, and calls them her tribes and keeping her tribes at the core of her research and recruiting process is extremely valuable to me. Neiha is a lifelong learner, she utilizes her design thinking process and background to help connect talent with clients. All in the hopes to make sure the client and the candidate can create some of the most innovative work together! When not working, you can often find me volunteering or speaking at community events. She’s a certified scuba diver, addicted to coffee, love running, and experimenting with a new recipe; never a dull moment!
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, MNPL- Consultant, Christiana has been facilitating and consulting on issues of social equity for a decade. Their passion for social equity is rooted in disability, racial, housing, and gender advocacy spanning 15 years. They’ve worked in housing and homelessness services, mental health and addictions direct service, and as a city commissioner on the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities and the Seattle Renters Commission. As a former peer counselor and community organizer, ChrisTiana brings elements of storytelling and counseling-inspired approaches to difficult conversations. Their approach comes from a shared horizon of lived and professional experience, and a scholarly perspective, considering how our social history can help predict our future, and how our social contract lies at the foundation of social inequity. They have their Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership, and working on a Masters of Public Administration at Seattle University. They were born in Alaska, and raised in the Philadelphia area. They love rock music, wry humor, and WWE.
Mikaela Kiner – HR Advisor is a native Seattleite who spent ﬁfteen years in HR leadership roles at Seattle based companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games and Redﬁn. She’s worked with diverse leadership teams, spent three years in India with a rapidly growing business, and supported teams throughout Europe and Asia. In 2015 she founded uniquelyHR, providing flexible HR for fast growing companies. Mikaela serves on the boards of Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) and WeCount. She’s passionate about Seattle, startups, DEI, and women in tech. Mikaela has an MS in HR Management with a certiﬁcate in Organizational Development, and is an ICF credentialed coach. After completing her coaching certification, Mikaela decided to blend her HR and coaching practice by becoming an entrepreneur. After assembling a team of thoughtful, dynamic, and business savvy HR professionals, Mikaela launched uniquelyHR. Running a business allows her to be creative, add value, and limit bureaucracy in a field that many leaders love to hate. She delivers results through her team by building trust and engaging clients in creative problem solving. Mikaela has coached leaders at all levels who want to live and lead in a purposeful way based on their values. By acting as a sounding board and accountability partner, she supports her coaching clients in achieving their goals. She particularly enjoys working with executives and high potential women leaders.
The Admin Team
Christine Wilson, Christine graduated with a B.F.A in Creative Writing, courtesy of New Mexico State University. She is currently a full time employee at Pearson Education. In her spare time, she thinks of creative concepts for novels & plays/skits & records exercise videos for Instagram (She has a small obsession with social media). She is excited to help this company progress and is a professional transcriber in her free time.
Gabrielle Wilson, her friends and family call her Gibby. She is a recent college graduate from UTA!!!! She earned a B.A. in Linguistics and minored in French. Gibby hopes to use French to help create orthographies and literacy in underdeveloped Francophone countries.