2021 Austin Virtual DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program
Luzilda Carrillo Arciniega, Ph.D.
Lucy C. Arciniega has over ten years of experience in the diversity, equity, and inclusion industry. She is a full-time consultant and recognized scholar-practitioner on diversity and inclusion, having published academic articles in several peer-reviewed journal articles and opinion editorials through her column, "Diversity in the Workplace," which was hosted from 2017 to 2019 by the American Anthropology Association, a professional membership organization with over 10,000 members. Currently, she also holds a consultant position as a Managing Research Director at the National Diversity Council, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, overseeing the NDC Index, an annual survey which measures organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. In this role, Lucy designed the methodology for assessing the results of a 200+ question survey according to global diversity and inclusion best practices. She also designed the NDC Index Report to help companies use their survey results to create an efficient DEI organizational strategy that maximizes their investment in organizational change. Formerly, Lucy held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Business and Organizational Anthropology at Wayne State University. As a trained anthropologist, she has also used her cross-cultural perspective to bring key insights into customer service experience, management leadership strategies, and employee and team engagement dynamics through change management consulting. Lucy C. Arciniega received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her doctoral research on the diversity and inclusion industry received numerous awards, including the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Grant. She is currently working on her book based on the culture of the selling and institutionalizing diversity work in corporations. She lives in and works out of Los Angeles, California.
Leon Fraser brings his versatile experience in the corporate, academic, and certification arenas to help organizations diagnose and resolve persistent team performance and interpersonal challenges. He was formerly Director of Corporate Strategy at Verizon and has taught Corporate Strategy at Rutgers University. He earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and thereby understands the importance of having a company’s HR and diversity initiatives to be fully in concert with a company’s overall strategy. He has taught Managing Workforce Diversity at Rutgers University where he also received the Faculty Leader in Diversity Award. He is a Certified Diversity Professional by the National Diversity Council and teaches in the DiversityFIRST training program. He received the Most Engaged Leader Award from the Tri-State Diversity Council for delivery of diversity programs. He received the Mentor of the Year Award from National Black MBA Association New Jersey Chapter. He has extensive consulting experience through a boutique firm which specializes in helping clients to address management and strategy issues. Not only does he have solid practical experience in consulting, he is the originator of the Management Consulting course at Rutgers, with proven techniques and sage case studies. On an individual basis, he is an Associate Certified Executive Coach per the International Coach Federation and has taught Executive Leadership at the graduate level. In addition to Verizon, Leon has corporate experience in marketing and market research at Newsday and Aetna. He was also vice president of an international start-up and a legislative aide to two Congressional committees in Washington, DC. He earned a BA cum laude from Harvard University and MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kelsea Haught is a strategic minded and operationally focused diversity leader, experienced in management and corporate growth. It is Kelsea’s goal to empower people and organizations to build cultures of inclusion, equity and purpose. She is deeply passionate about equity and belonging and is a dedicated human rights advocate. Kelsea currently serves as Director for the National Diversity Council and has been with the organization since 2014. Kelsea is responsible for the direction, development and management of multiple diversity initiatives throughout the US and abroad, including the Texas Diversity Council, TriState Diversity Council, the Coalition for Racial Equity & Justice, and the Global Diversity Council. Kelsea provides oversight for event and business development programmers, and strives to provide staff members with the support they need to fulfill the NDC’s mission, vision, and goals to the best of their abilities. Kelsea assists with training and development, recruitment and selection, and operational management, in addition to coordinating event production, business development and strategic partnership opportunities. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her B.S. in Sociology, with a focus in philosophy and gender studies. Kelsea received her designation as a Certified Diversity Professional in 2017. She is a passionate ally for the LGBTQ+ Community and volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Kelsea is an advocate for pet adoption and animal welfare and serves as the official treat distributor to her catahoula Leopard Dog, Opal.
Stan C. Kimer, founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting, is a nationally recognized consultant with unique skills in employee development/career mapping and workplace diversity (specialization in LGBTQ+, Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, Diversity Strategy, and Inclusive Recruiting). Stan formed his own consultancy around these areas in 2010 following a 31-year successful diverse, multi-functional career at IBM. While at IBM as Director of Global Sales Operations for IBM’s consulting practice, Stan served as the executive sponsor overseeing career development for IBM’s 3,000 Sales Operations employees. He has now executed his unique innovative career mapping approach which he launched at IBM, with clients ranging from major corporations to church denominations to professional organizations. During his four years on IBM’s global corporate diversity staff, Stan led IBM into industry leadership in LGBT diversity and established IBM’s procedures for supporting transgender employees and assisting with case management of employees undergoing gender transition while in the workplace. Since forming his own consulting practice, Stan has trained or spoken in over 150 venues reaching over 7,500 professionals. He is a certified Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Trainer and a certified Training Management Corp / Berlitz Cultural Competency Trainer / Practitioner. Within the transgender arena, Stan has provided training to client employees and HR teams and has assisted with case management of gender transitions in the workplace. He is active in leadership roles in dozens of communities and civic organizations including as a volunteer instructor on his church denomination’s leadership development faculty. In 2013, the Triangle Business Journal recognized Stan with one of their Leaders in Diversity – Role Model awards. Stan received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and BS in management science from Georgia Tech.-- In his spare time, Stan trains as a competitive adult figure skater.
Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, Ph.D.
Cecilia Orellana-Rojas joined the National Diversity Council (NDC) in 2013 as vice president of strategy and research. In this role, she provides direction for the formulation of the organization’s strategic goals and oversees the consulting services function. In addition, she leads innovative, high quality educational and research initiatives in diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the DiversityFIRST™ Toolkit, a unique diversity reference portal and research consolidator, and the DiversityFIRST™ Certification Program curriculum, which prepares professionals for successful careers in the D&I space. Cecilia brings 15 years of experience at AT&T, where she started as a manager in diversity marketing. She spent most of her career at the telecommunications giant as associate director and lead consultant of corporate diversity. In this role, she offered support in the formulation and implementation of AT&T’s diversity and inclusion strategy with an emphasis on diversity metrics, communications, and training. As a business partner, she worked with clients to ensure that AT&T’s business practices, processes and procedures supported workforce inclusion. She also provided consulting in all aspects of workforce diversity. Prior to her corporate role, Cecilia worked as a journalist and later taught in academia for more than 10 years in the area of sociology, with emphasis on U.S. race relations, gender, research methods, and Latin America. Cecilia is a passionate advocate for diversity. She was instrumental in the launch of the Texas Diversity Council and served as the first president of the San Antonio Advisory Board. As a founding member of the Texas Hispanic/Latino Summit, she played a leadership role in establishing the mission of the summit as a venue for Latino/a voices within the Texas Leadership and Diversity Conference. She has been recognized numerous times with the Diversity Champion Award and Diversity Leadership Award for her commitment and dedication to diversity business practices. A native of Chile, Cecilia earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota. She resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Henry, and their son, Rodrigo.
Al Sullivan is the president and owner of Inspirus Consulting Inc. A firm specializing in system wide Organization Development, Diversity, and Sustainable Change. His approach integrates both theory and practical tools from the Applied Behavioral Sciences. His primary goal is to help client systems engage everyone to do their best work. His firm worked with a 4000-employee hospital to assess, design, and implement updated and strategic Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture training. He used the “Train the Trainer” model to provide the hospital with the capacity to train, update, and evaluate the program with sustained impact over time. Al helped the Information Technology division at global pharmaceutical organization win the “Attraction, Development, & Retention” Diversity award by designing and implementing initiatives which significantly increased senior female and minority leaders. Al has experience designing, delivering, and evaluating training intended to improve awareness and collaboration in multicultural organizations. He attends to the various levels of system when training and consulting (e.g. individual, team, organization, and community). His continuous improvement focus helps to connect training design to strategic organization objectives. Additional areas of expertise include applying strategies in areas such as Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Executive Coaching, Strategic Human Resources Management and Organization Development. Al is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources Al is also trained in a number of Organization Development tools and approaches such as Use of Self, Organization Analysis / Design, Action Research, Group Facilitation, Multicultural Organization Development, and Change Management, & Process Consulting.
Linda Solis, Ph.D.
Linda Grace Solis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Applied Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) in San Antonio, Texas. She is dedicated to education, particularly in the medical education setting, where she encourages learners to become holistic, open-minded, and culturally and socially aware physicians. Dr. Solis is also passionate about opening doors for individuals who are from communities which have been historically excluded from medicine, and about increasing diversity in all aspects of medical education. Dr. Solis is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, working with organizations desiring to increase their constitutional diversity and create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Dr. Solis holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She is honored to serve in volunteer leadership roles for several national and local organizations, including the Council on Diversity and Equity at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Commission. She also serves on the leadership council of Travis Park Church and on the Board of Directors for the National Healthcare Diversity Council. Dr. Solis is married to Mr. Felix Solis, III. She is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction and believes that all books are improved with the addition of cats, coffee, and chocolate.
Linda Valdez Thompson
Linda Valdez Thompson is a former DEI executive at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. She joined DFW Airport in 2001 to provide strategic leadership for Human Resources, Procurement and Materials Management, Risk Management, Business Diversity and Development, and Corporate Communications & Marketing functions. Linda established employee engagement initiatives to ensure the workforce remained productive, healthy, diverse, and inclusive. These initiatives included employee resource groups, mentoring networks, learning and development opportunities, and a Total Rewards strategy. She also championed the Airport’s Wellness program with an onsite fitness facility and medical clinic. Additionally, Linda established an award-winning supplier diversity program. Linda has more than 20 years of managerial and executive experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, Hasbro, and Baxter Health Care. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Midwestern State University and a master’s in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Linda holds various certifications including Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner from Cornell University. She is alumni of the prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute. Linda has received several distinctions including Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine and Top Latinas of Influence by Latino Leaders Magazine among others. She was nationally recognized by the National Diversity Council as a Top Latino Leader and by LATINA Style Magazine as a Top Corporate Latina Executive.