2022 San Antonio 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.
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. As Director, Kelsea is responsible for the direction, development and management of multiple diversity initiatives and regional councils throughout the US and abroad. 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, raising over $200,000+ in new corporate partnership dollars. Over the past several years, she has worked closely with NDC CEO and Chairman, to provide support and direction to multiple state and regional diversity councils in the US, including Ohio, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, and most recently in her home state of Texas. While serving the National Women’s Council, Kelsea was instrumental in unifying national branding efforts for our signature event series, the Women in Leadership Symposium and launched the LIFT newsletter, featuring intersectional voices advocating for gender equity in the workplace and reaching over 150,000+ readers. In 2018, Kelsea was tapped to assist in the launch of the Global Diversity Council, expanding the council’s global identity and international reach to include events in London, Mexico City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Dubai, among others. Prior to the National Diversity Council, Kelsea served in a regional managerial role with Houston based retail group AA Concepts. During this time, Kelsea expanded the group reach to include the introduction of 3 new retail locations and boosted revenue, being recognized as top earner throughout her tenure with the organization. In this role, Kelsea improved operational efficiency and gained widespread exposure to various departmental projects including: talent, sales, merchandising, inventory control, event management, customer services and financial processes. 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. She resides in Houston, Texas and is an advocate for pet adoption and animal welfare, adopting her Catahoula Leopard Dog in late 2011.
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.
Jason Kamiya Founder, Jason Kamiya Associates, LLC Jason represents over 40 years of experience as a leader and coach having served in the US Army for over 33 years followed by 11 years as a senior business executive in a Fortune 100 company. Prior to leaving the military he managed a $300-plus million training program involving all branches of the US Armed Services, other US Government departments and agencies, and foreign governments and militaries of partner nations spanning five continents - Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia/Pacific, and East Africa. In the corporate setting Jason led teams in a multiplicity of functions including contact center operations, remote workforce strategy formulation and implementation, business continuation in crisis, and employee professional development. He culminated his corporate career as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Regardless of role Jason is best known for inspiring individuals and teams to see and believe in themselves as never before imagined, and for bringing a cross-functional, cross-enterprise approach to strategically plan and operate to enhance competitive advantage. Jason is the founder of Jason Kamiya Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that draws upon his military and corporate experiences to assist clients with strategy formation and operational planning, leadership development, and initiatives to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Outside his consulting practice he continues to mentor individuals from his military and corporate careers, appeared as a guest mentor for startup entrepreneurs through an organization based in Austin, Texas, and has been active in several community non-profit boards.
Sheri King, Ph.D., currently serves as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Her path to this role was atypical. After a lengthy career in a variety of positions at a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, GA, she decided to follow her passion to work with young adults. In 2007 she received her doctorate in Counseling and College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and transitioned to a career in higher education. After working on two campuses in Georgia, including starting a student affairs office on a satellite campus, Dr. King relocated to San Antonio and served as the Director of Student Life at St. Mary’s University for nine years. In that role, she was responsible for undergraduate orientation programs and student involvement initiatives, including leadership development, student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, and student programming. In addition, she is the department chair for 28 freshman seminar courses and served on many campus-wide committees. In April 2021 she was asked to spearhead the University’s new initiative: create an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Although she was contemplating retirement, Dr. King knew this challenge was too important to turn down. This position allows her to have a greater impact on the lives of young adults through a comprehensive plan to foster efforts to define, cultivate and support an inclusive educational community and workplace environment. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. King received a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University; an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. In her free time, Dr. King enjoys spending time with her adult sons, traveling the world to experience different cultures, and cheering on her beloved University of Georgia football team.