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La Tonya Woodson-Mayfield, PhD, CDP
Director of Global DE&I, CBRE
Dr. Woodson-Mayfield is a certified consultant in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), and human resources. Her responsibilities have focused on creating DE&I programming, as well as operationalizing DE&I strategies and goals for marquee clients. In addition, she has extensive previous experience in learning and organizational development, leadership development, employee engagement, and change management. Dr. Woodson-Mayfield is also a course facilitator at Cornell University for their DE&I and HR certification programs. Dr. Woodson-Mayfield is also a dedicated public servant, serving as a Crowley ISD School Board Trustee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Visitors for the AddRan College of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University, as well as the Boards of Talent Acquisition Leadership Keynotes (TALK) and the North Texas Advisory Council of the National Diversity Council (NDC). She is also a Class of 2020 graduate of the prestigious Leadership Fort Worth, an organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in the city of Fort Worth and surrounding communities. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., where she volunteers her time for numerous community service projects. She holds a B.S. from Texas Christian University, an M.S. from Amberton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Outside of work, Dr. Woodson-Mayfield enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys writing and public speaking. In 2019, she pinned her first co-authored book titled, Power Moms, which was inspired by her multi-faceted experiences as a working mother, and her second co-authored book, an Amazon #1 Best Seller titled, Black Women Speak Out: Stories of Racial Injustice in America, was released in September 2020 and was inspired by the recent killings of unarmed Black Americans by police and hundreds of years racial injustice for people of color.
Director of Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG US
Robert is the current Director of Diversity and Inclusion at KPMG ensuring that all colleagues feel respected and valued. Robert is a veteran that moved into the corporate world. Before joining KPMG, Robert was the Diversity and Inclusion leader at Marsh & McLennan where they provided thought leadership on diversity and inclusion trends and organizational culture. Robert also ensured that all employees were able to act on desired inclusive behaviors to promote and maintain an inclusive work environment ensuring a sense of belonging.
Principal Consultant, Calfee HR Consulting
Sarah is an HR Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She has earned an MBA, the SHRM-SCP certification, and a diversity trainer certificate. Since 2009, she has maintained a passion and focus on developing an increased awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion matters. She was the 2020 Diversity Committee Chair for the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management, working with HR professionals on how to address DEI concerns in their organizations and communities. Using her education and experience, Sarah understands business objectives and how they tie to people. She helps organizations working through sensitive scenarios to anticipate the people impact and to translate communications so different parties hear the right message. Her goal through this approach is to develop higher emotional intelligence among leaders and others, successfully navigate sensitive topics, and encourage an intentional culture. In addition to her consulting work, Sarah is a speaker at organizations about a variety of HR and DEI topics, volunteers as an HR guru for Hera Hub helping primarily female entrepreneurs, and serves on two boards.
Darlene King, CDP
Executive Director, Michigan Diversity Council
Darlene King began her career with the Michigan Diversity Council-MIDC, a division of the National Diversity Council, in 2015. As the executive director, her charge is working with corporations and organizations in developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs, processes, and procedures. She also oversees the growth of the council in the area of business development throughout the entire state of Michigan.
Prior to her tenure with the MIDC, she held the role of director of events, consultant services, training, and development for all 34 school districts under the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency for over 10 years. Her territory covered implementation and execution of all workshops and conferences as well as maintaining CEU’s for teachers and administrators within Wayne County MI. She managed more than 60 consultants as well as county-wide, signature events such as the Teacher Job Fair, County K-12 Art Fair, and the Cultural Collaborative for Learning. Darlene was also an inaugural member of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, which rolled out a county-wide diversity plan for all districts.
Darlene’s background is widespread. She spent six years as a national concert promoter, traveling around the world with some of today’s most popular artists in the industry. She has produced and promoted shows at every concert venue in Detroit and beyond.
In 2008, she launched her consulting company, Life’s Journey Training and Consulting. Competing in today's global market, Life’s Journey offers services in industries ranging from education to automotive, medical, non-profits, and manufacturing. Its area of expertise consists of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, marketing, and public relations. Life’s Journey has provided service deliverables to Wayne County Head Start Programs, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, The Order of the Fisherman, The Detroit Medical Center, Revival Home Health Care, RTM Music Group, Real Times Media, Stonecrest Behavioral Health, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Universal Studios, Detroit Community Schools, MASCO Corporation, Diversity Lansing and many more.
Darlene is a native of Michigan and enjoys spending time with her family, nephews, and niece. She says her faith in God, family, passion for people, and her love of traveling and gardening are the drivers which keep her on a Life’s Journey. Darlene has a passion for people and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has been operating in this capacity as well as in education and organizational development for 25 years. Darlene earned her National Certification as a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional in 2018.