Affiliates & Partners

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Sheila Chapnekar Boyington,  Marc Brenman,  Mike Green,  David Grinberg,  Terry Howard,  Soumaya Khalifa,  Simma Lieberman,  Dr. Beth Lynne, Mary Angela Moore, Dr. Joseph Nwoye, Dr. Christopher Silver, Dr. Elwood Watson, Keith Weedman
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Advisory Board - Sheila Boyington  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. CLICK for Sheila’s PODCAST.

Advisory Board - Marc Brenman Marc Brenman

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.

David Grinberg


David B. Grinberg


David B. 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 and 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 column writing 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. CLICK for David’s PODCAST.

Mike Green


 Mike Green


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. CLICK for Mike’s PODCAST.

Advisory Board - Terry Howard Terry Howard 

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, 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 Soumaya Khalifa

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

Advisory Board - Simma Lieberman Simma Lieberman

“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,, Investors Business Daily,, Managing Diversity Journal, Black MBA, National Diversity Workforce Network, Cosmopolitan UK, and Newsday.

Advisor Beth Lynne


Dr. Beth Lynne


Having spent 30 years in urban education settings in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Beth Lynne 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. Dr. Lynne is also trained in PBSIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) and assisted in implementing the plan in middle and high schools in her former district. Now in retirement, Dr. Lynne assists others in self-publishing their books and in writing their dissertations.


Mary Angela Moore



A professional leadership and entrepreneurship trainer, Mary Angela Moore 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 and in 2019, she became charter President of the Rotary eClub of Planet Shakers under Rotary District 7090, based in Buffalo, NY, USA . She has inspired youth and trained employees of reputable institutions in diverse cultures around the world.



Dr. Joseph Nwoye


Dr. Nwoye is an educator and inclusion specialist. As president of Diversity Frontier, he focuses on unconscious bias, diversity 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 and as chief investigator on discriminatory issues.

Advisory Board - Dr. Christopher Silver 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.

Advisory Board - Elwood Watson  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.

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. 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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