Advisory Board

Many thanks to the ADR Advisors for helping to make the American Diversity Report an exemplary inclusion resource. Scroll down to see their profiles.

Dr. Janet Aizenstros

ADR Advisor:  Dr. Janét Aizenstros

Dr. Janét Aizenstros is a signatory with the United Nations Business Action Hub (UNBAH) for the United Nations Global Compact Network. She is an award-winning businesswoman with several leadership awards such as the Top 40 under 40, a recipient of the 2020 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award: Top 100, the Stevie® Award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year Canada. She also received Employer Of The Year for Canadian Business which ranked her company 12th on Canadian Business ’s 2020 Growth List. Thus, she became the first Black Canadian woman in history to scale a 9-figure organization and sole female founder to be featured on the list.

Advisory Board - Marc Brenman

ADR Advisor: Marc Brenman

Marc Brenman is a writer, consultant, and educator on human rights and leadership through his firm, IDARE LLC. He served as Executive Director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission and as Senior Policy Advisor for Civil Rights at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. He held positions with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education. He served on the Diversity Standards Task Force of the Society for Human Resources Management and ASTM and is on the Board of Advisors of The City Project of Los Angeles.  Marc is author of policy and research papers, articles, and op-eds. He has taught graduate courses on civil rights history, human rights, public policy development, advocacy, and strategic planning at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington and the University of Utah. He recently taught in the Young African Leadership Initiative, a USAID program in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Carlos CortesADR Advisor: Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside.  For nearly thirty years he has served on the faculties of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and the Federal Executive Institute. Cortés has been Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and received an NAACP Image Award for being the Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequels, “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” He was also a 2018-2019 fellow of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and in 2019 received the Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

Gail DawsonADR Advisor: Dr. Gail A. Dawson

Gail Dawson is Associate Professor of Management at U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
She was Sr. Consultant at Price Waterhouse Management Consultants, Scheduling/Car Distribution at General Motors. Her degrees are from: University of South Florida, Drexel University – College of Business and Administration, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Mike Green


ADR Advisor: Mike Green


Mike Green is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, a nationally networked consulting practice. Its  focus is on changing the nation’s economic narrative, cultivating a national movement around “Inclusive Competitiveness” economic strategies, and assisting in developing economic infrastructure designed to connect economically disconnected populations with local innovation ecosystems. Mr. Green has 20 years of experience as an award-winning journalist. He produces high-impact gatherings of leaders and stakeholders across a broad spectrum of the innovation economy: from educators to industry CEOS, policymakers, philanthropists, equity and impact investors, entrepreneurs, community and economic development planners.

Advisory Board - Terry Howard  ADR Advisor: Terry Howard 

Terry Howard is a diversity leader, corporate storyteller, and bridge-builder. His career includes 15 years in HR and Diversity at AT&T and 15 years as Global Director of Diversity for Texas Instruments, where he supported the TI Diversity Network, the black and Hispanic employee Insights groups, managed external development programs and awards processes for diverse talent and developed and delivered global learning labs across the US, in Asia and India and in Europe. His many honors and awards include the Corporate Diversity Award from the Society of Black Engineers and the UT-Dallas Diversity Champion Award, among others. He authors a periodic blog, which focused on contemporary touch societal issues. Areas of Expertise: Inclusive Leadership, Cultural Agility, Business Resource Groups, Performance Feedback across Diversities, Workplace Bullying, Unconscious Bias and Dealing with issues of race.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson

ADR Advisor: Dr. Cynthia R. Jackson

Dr. Jackson completed her military career and became a high school physics and chemistry teacher. She also also facilitating graduate courses for the University of Phoenix as an adjunct professor. After teaching high school, Dr. Jackson transitioned to the instructional design profession. She was the Physical Education, Instructional Systems Specialist for all military schools of DoDEA Europe. She then returned to the U.S. and joined Homeland Security, TSA before transferring to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Deputy Director, VA Governance Secretariat.


  ADR Advisor: Soumaya Khalifa

Soumaya Khalifa is President of Khalifa Consulting (KC), a wide network of consultants. They provide consulting, training and coaching in the areas of intercultural communication, effective global teams, expatriate training, US, Arab and Muslim cultural expertise and  destination services. Soumaya is adjunct faculty at Emory University where she offers classes on Human Resources Management. With an MBA in Human Resources, a bi-cultural background, and 20 years in corporate America, Soumaya provides her clients with customized solutions to improve their business performance.

Dr. Deborah LevinADR Addvisor: Dr. Deborah Levin

Dr. Levin is a continuous improvement consultant and college instructor.  She earned a Doctor of Management and Organizational Leadership, a Master of Business Administration, and a B.S. in Textile Technology and Design. Her dissertation thesis was entitled, The relationship between communication tools and levels of leadership trust.  Dr. Levin is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 20 years of project management experience . Her areas of expertise include: product design, manufacturing processes, and transactional operations. Her research interests include virtual team dynamics, leadership collaboration, nonprofit support, and building quantifiable measurements where none exist.

Advisory Board - Simma Lieberman  ADR Advisor: Simma Lieberman

Simma Liebermann is “The Inclusionist” who helps organizations create more profitable and productive cultures. She specializes in implementing D&I, cultural competency, and life/work balance strategies. Her clients include: City of San Francisco, Motorola, Diageo, ABM Industries, GE, Applied Materials, Monster, Renaissance Hotels, Pillsbury Bakeries, McDonalds, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron, and the IRS. Simma is co-chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Council of Out and Equal. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NY Times,, Investors Business Daily,, Managing Diversity Journal, Black MBA, National Diversity Workforce Network, Cosmopolitan UK, and Newsday.

Advisor Beth Lynne

ADR Advisor: Dr. Beth Lynne

Beth Lynne has spent 30 years in urban education settings in New York and New Jersey. She held positions as an elementary teacher, a middle school science and math teacher, a special education teacher, and a high school English teacher. Dr. Lynne was also a school disciplinarian and vice principal. Her passions are educating and accommodating diverse learners and incorporating technology in lessons. She adapted her doctoral dissertation into a popular book, Creating a Technological Learning Profile to Customize Instruction for Diverse Learners. Also, Dr. Lynne is  trained in PBSIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) and helped implement the plan in her former school district. Now in retirement, Dr. Lynne assists others in self-publishing their books and writing their dissertations.

MannoneAdvisory Advisor: Poetry Editor
John C. Mannone

John C. Mannone is widely published in journals such as Artemis, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, and Pedestal. He won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature (2017) and served as the celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He edits poetry for several other online magazines, including the Hugo-nominated semipro zine, Abyss & Apex. A retired physics professor and nuclear consultant, he lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN.

Susan  ADR Advisor: Susan McCuistion

Susan McCuistion is a 20+ year D&I professional and creator of Compassionate Diversity®. She is author of, “The D Word: 12 Steps to Diversity Recovery” and is a #1 International Bestselling Business Author. Susan’s visionary approach to D&I led to the development of an online conference, New Diversity Summit™, even before online conferences were cool. Susan holds an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a registered member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. 


ADR Advisor: Mary Angela Moore

Mary Angela Moore is a professional leadership and entrepreneurship trainer. She is the author of the book, From Passion to Profit: The Total Guide Book for New and Aspiring Entrepreneurs. She was CEO of English with Mary Moore, LLC for more than a decade.  Mary has  trained employees of international institutions including: Hyatt Regency (Dubai), Samsung (South Korea), Holy Cross Seminary (Vietnam), Silk Road Financial Services (New York), Mendoza Winery (Argentina), Canada Rotary Club Global, Women Empowerment NGO (China), Department of Education (Philippines).

George Simons
ADR Advisor George Simons

ADR Advisor: Dr. George Simons

Dr. George Simons is the creator of the award-winning diversophy® game series for developing intercultural competence. Living in France, he delivers consultation, coaching, training worldwide. Publications include: EuroDiversity, Men and Women: Partners at Work, Seven Ways to Lighten your Life, Putting Diversity to Work, and of eight Cultural Detective® intercultural guides. Currently he is collaborating in developing acculturation tools for migrants and the communities that receive them and applying gamified neuroscientific for learning in organizations, cultural groups and individuals.

SriADR Advisor: Sridhar Rangaswamy
Website Coordinator

Sri has worked for Oracle Corporation for more than 16 years. He was the coordinator for 2013-2014 White House visits as a Hindu Leader. He was Editor for Gateway Magazine in India and Student Alpha Editor for Rajaji College of communication and management. He was in All India Radio as a Youth leader and was a speaker in Oracle Open world. Sri has master’s degrees in Information Security and PG Diploma in PR and Advertising. He has several certifications in Technology in addition to Oracle certified professional. He was adjunct faculty at Eastern State Florida College and a Gayatri Mantra coordinator for World Hindu University.

Advisory ADR Advisor: Jan Levine Thal

Jan Levine Thal is a novelist (Bone Deep published in 2020), playwright (3 plays performed in Madison, WI), and editor. Jan has lived and worked around the world including Japan, China, and Mexico. She is the former Managing Editor of the U. of  Wisconsin Journal of Human Resources, and former Copy Editor of the Beijing Review.  Jan co-founded and for a decade was Artistic Director of the Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre. She has degrees, Including in journalism, from Harvard, the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern U. She is proud to be from an accomplished family of musicians, especially her son, Jeremy Thal.


ADR Advisor: Mauricio Velásquez

Mauricio Velásquez is the President & Founder of Diversity Training Group (DTG).  He is a Diversity Trainer and Consultant who has trained in every state but North Dakota and with a recent trip to Cuba. He has trained more than three quarters of a million participants in his nearly 20 year career. Mauricio is an MBA graduate of George Washington U.

Elwood WatsonADR Advisor: Dr. Elwood Watson

Dr. Elwood Watson is Professor of History and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. His areas of specialty are in 20th Century Post World War II U.S. History, African American History, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture, and ethnographic studies. He is one of the editors of Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities. In addition, he is the recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award and Faculty Distinguished Research Award from the College of Arts & Science.

NagwanADR Advisor: Dr. Nagwan R. Zahry

Nagwan Zahry is assist. professor of communication at U. of TN at Chattanooga (UTC).  Originally from Egypt where she was a Sr. Program Manager for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Midwest Universities Consortium, Nagwan got her PhD from Michigan State U. in media and information.  In 2018,  she joined UTC where she teaches social media marketing, public relations, media and diversity. Her research focuses on science communication, health communication and persuasive messaging.

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