Advisory Board


Many thanks to the ADR Advisory Board for supporting the American Diversity Report. As a result, the ADR is an exemplary inclusion resource. Please scroll down to see the profiles of our Advisors in alphabetical order:
Sheila Chapnekar Boyington, Marc Brenman. Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, David B. Grinberg, Mike Green, Terry Howard,  Soumaya Khalifa, Simma Lieberman, Dr. Beth Lynne, John C. Mannone, Mary Angela Moore, Dr. Christopher Silver, Dr. Elwood Watson, Mauricio Velásquez, Keith Weedman

Advisory Board - Sheila Boyington  Advisory Board: Sheila Chapnekar Boyington

Sheila Boyington is President and Co-Founder of Thinking Media and Learning Blade®, an online STEM curriculum. Thinking Media created KeyTrain® workforce system which was acquired by ACT nationally. Sheila’s mother was one of the first Indian women to immigrate to America. Sheila has woven the Hindu philosophy into all her endeavors. She serves as National States Chair for Million Women Mentors® and has won numerous awards. Sheila has a MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Marc BrenmanAdvisory Board: 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 CortesAdvisory Board: 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.

David Grinberg


Advisory Board: David B. Grinberg


David Grinberg is a strategic communications expert (consultant), brand ambassador, and featured blogger for multiple digital platforms. His 25-years of work experience includes The White House (President Clinton), Congress (Office of the House Majority Leader), Office of Management and Budget (OMB – Executive Office of the President), and EEOC (long-time media spokesman). A native New Yorker, David has a BS Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He worked as a daily beat reporter for The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg BNA) and U. Magazine ( prior to his federal government service. He’s also won awards from The Society of Professional Journalists and Rolling Stone Magazine for his work as editorial page editor of the nationally-recognized independent student newspaper, The Diamondback, at the University of Maryland. David resides in the Washington, DC, suburbs of Bethesda, Maryland.

Mike Green


Advisory Board: 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 Advisory Board: 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.

Advisory Board - Soumaya Khalifa  Advisory Board: 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.

Advisory Board - Simma Lieberman  Advisory Board: 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


Advisory Board: 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 Board: John C. Mannone Poetry Editor

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.



Advisory Board: 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. In 2019,  became charter President of the Rotary eClub of Planet Shakers under Rotary District 7090, based in Buffalo, NY, USA . Mary has inspired youth and trained employees of reputable institutions in diverse cultures around the world.

Dr. Joseph Nwoye


Advisory Board: Dr. Joseph Nwoye


Joseph Nwoye is an educator and inclusion specialist. As president of Diversity Frontier, he focuses on unconscious bias, and inclusion policies and practice. He is the author of two books and more than 50 articles that share tools from his experience tackling social issues such as achievement gaps, race, and gender. Dr. Nwoye served as the Director of Multicultural Education at Illinois State University. He also served as chief investigator on discriminatory issues.

Advisory Board - Dr. Christopher Silver   Advisory Board: Dr. Christopher Silver
Dr. Chris Silver is Project Manager and Instructor at the University of Tennessee/ Chattanooga (UTC). Chris holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) of Education from the UTC and is a doctoral candidate in research psychology. He has a masters degree in research psychology from UTC and a masters degree in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University/ Ontario, Canada. His research in the fields of psychology and religious studies has been featured in local and national media. His background includes extensive experience in project management, equity and diversity, corporate training, curriculum development, and information technology.

Advisory Board - Elwood Watson     Advisory Board: 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.

Advisor Advisory Board: 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.

Advisory Board - Keith Weedman

  Advisory Board: Keith Weedman



Keith Weedman is Principal/ Founder of Level 3 by Design, LLC. His background includes an advanced degree in Psychology and undergraduate degree in Industrial Management. Hi is Founder of a non-profit organization that empowers public assistance clients to become financially self-sufficient. He also boosts volunteers’ empowerment skills. Weedman’s expertise in socio-economic diversity is featured in a case study by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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