2021 New York City 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.
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 employee and HR teams and has assisted with case management of gender transitions in the workplace. He is active in leadership roles in dozens of community 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.
Juliana Mosley-Williams has served the field of education since 1997, with the last 20 years being dedicated to higher education. Juliana currently serves as the inaugural Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA and previously served as the founding Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Officer at Chestnut Hill College. She began her career as a business high school teacher in the Houston Independent School District, resulting in her personal adage of being “business-mined with an educator’s heart.” Realizing that she needed to fulfill her 6th grade goal, written in the inside cover of her dictionary, of obtaining a Ph.D. by the age of 28, Juliana enrolled in her doctoral program at 24 years old. Just 23 short months later, she was graduating with her Ph.D. at the young age of 26, making her one of the youngest doctoral graduates in Miami University’s history and the first Educational Leadership student to complete the degree in less than two years. After serving as the Executive Assistant to the President at Kentucky State University, Juliana became the Director of Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio (her hometown). Shortly thereafter, Juliana had the opportunity to fulfill another professional goal when she became the Vice President for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas at the tender age of 30 years old, making her one of the youngest vice presidents in the country at that time. After five years of service, Juliana continued in this role for several years at Marygrove College (Detroit, MI), Edward Waters College (Jacksonville, FL) and Lincoln University (PA). Juliana also serves as a consultant and trainer, having presented more than 80 times, to include a TEDx Talk, regional and national conferences, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations. In these instances, she provided training and development workshops in diversity and inclusion, leadership transition, strategic planning, and student development. Affectionately called Dr. J. by her beloved students, Juliana’s commitment and service to education and the community is evident in her honors as a Philadelphia Tribune 2019 Woman of Achievement honoree; recipient of the Student Leadership and Success Award for Administrators (2015); Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards for 2003 and an inductee to the Kaleidoscope Magazine 2004 Forty/Forty Club, which annually recognizes 40 people under the age of forty who make significant contributions in the Cleveland area. Juliana is also extremely committed to serving her local communities, currently serving as a board member of Philadelphia Education Fund; and former roles as grant reviewer for Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Grants Allocation Committee (West Chester, PA); board member for Girl Scouts of America (Gateway Council---Northern Counties of Florida); Steering Committee Chair for Save Our Sons (non-profit in Jacksonville FL); and 25+ year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Juliana received a B.S. degree in Business Education from Ball State University (IN), a M.A. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership with concentrated studies in Urban Education, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, both from Miami University (OH), and Certified Diversity Professional from the National Diversity Council. Juliana seeks to educate and train people to engage in difficult dialog through cultural humility to make the unconscious conscious.
Diana C. Starks is the Senior Vice President and CDO at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. There, Ms. Starks leads the Bank’s workforce diversity initiatives; diversity and inclusion education, learning, and development; strategic collaboration with colleagues to develop a nationally recognized supplier diversity program; and efforts to deepen the Bank’s community presence through the provision of financial education and literacy programs for students living in socioeconomically distressed neighborhoods. Her responsibilities also include leading the Bank’s focus on racial equity. In addition, she serves as the Cleveland Reserve Bank’s Equal Employment Opportunity deputy officer and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Leadership Team. Ms. Starks’ Federal Reserve System experience also includes serving as the chair of the System Council of Directors of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI Council). She leads the development and execution of the strategic priorities of the council and works closely with the Subcommittee on Human Resources in advancing the Federal Reserve System’s talent development initiatives. She has held various operations, management, and leadership positions, including assistant secretary to the Federal Reserve System’s Conference of First Vice Presidents in 2008 and 2009. She is a board member of the Ohio Diversity Council and is on the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) Equity and Inclusion advisory board. She is also the cochair of the GCP Marketing and Member Engagement Committee. Ms. Starks holds a BBA from Hiram College, an MA in psychology with a certification in diversity management from Cleveland State University, and an MA in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the DiversityFIRST™ certification program and is recognized as a National Diversity Council certified diversity professional (NDCCDP). She participated in graduate-level course work in Christian ministries at Malone College and is a graduate of both the United Way Leadership Development program and the Bank Administration Institute's operations and technology program.