Advisory Board of American Diversity Report
Sheila Chapnekar Boyington
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 in the 1950’s. Sheila has interwoven 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.
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. Author of policy and research papers, articles, and op-eds, Marc 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.
Co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, a nationally networked consulting practice with a focus on changing the nation’s economic narrative, cultivating a national movement around “Inclusive Competitiveness” economic strategies and assisting leaders and stakeholders 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 and 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.
Diversity leader, corporate storyteller, and bridge-builder for more than 30 years. 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, mystoriesonlineblog.com 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.
** Affiliate of the ADR Cross-Cultural Academy
President of Khalifa Consulting (KC), a wide network of consultants providing 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.
** Affiliate of the ADR Cross-Cultural Academy
“The Inclusionist” helps organizations create more profitable and productive cultures. She specializes in implementing diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, 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, Forbes.com, Investors Business Daily, CNN.com, Managing Diversity Journal, Black MBA, National Diversity Workforce Network, Cosmopolitan UK, and Newsday.
Dr. Christopher Silver
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.
** Affiliate of the ADR Cross-Cultural Academy.
Dr. Elwood Watson
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 Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities. He is the recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award and Faculty Distinguished Research Award from the the College of Arts & Science.