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Alana Cheeks-Lomax

March 19, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Alana Cheeks-Lomax

Alana Cheeks-Lomax is a mission driven strategist with over 10 years of consulting experience providing management and strategy solutions to non-profits, public, and private sector organizations looking to achieve their strategic objectives through business transformation, organizational growth, and social impact. She is passionate about bringing innovative ideas to the intersection of business and society, using her experiences to solve an organization’s most challenging problems. 

Alana currently works at Square, Inc. where she leads Inclusion & Diversity for their Cash App business unit. In her role at Cash App, Alana is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the I&D work, and partners closely with the leadership team to drive a culture of inclusion across the global ecosystem. Prior to joining Square, Alana worked at Microsoft where she led the company’s Diversity & Inclusion reporting strategy including the analysis of diversity data, identification of trends and patterns in data, and communicating insights to the CEO and his executive team. She was also responsible for partnering with the company’s Center of Excellences to drive the Diversity & Inclusion strategic planning process while supporting the global strategy and implementation.  Prior to Microsoft, Alana spent seven years at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy manager, leading several projects in the healthcare space. During her time at Deloitte, she co-founded Communities of Color from Coast-to-Coast (C2C), a program which champions user-centered design and grassroots inclusion practices that promote the retention, advancement and well-being of global talent, starting from the viewpoint of black women. 

Alana currently sits on the Young Executive Council for the Global Good Fund, a social enterprise in Washington, DC that provides coaching and capital to entrepreneurs around the world. She is also a proud alumna of Carnegie Mellon University where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, and Masters in Healthcare Policy and Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy.


Cornell William Brooks

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Cornell William Brooks
Cornell William Brooks' Bio
Cornell William Brooks is Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also Director of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the School’s Center for Public Leadership, and Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at Harvard Divinity School. Brooks is the former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights attorney, and an ordained minister.

Brooks was most recently visiting professor of social ethics, law, and justice movements at Boston University’s School of Law and School of Theology. He was a visiting fellow and director of the Campaign and Advocacy Program at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics in 2017. Brooks served as the 18th president of the NAACP from 2014 to 2017. Under his leadership, the NAACP secured 12 significant legal victories, including laying the groundwork for the first statewide legal challenge to prison-based gerrymandering. He also reinvigorated the activist social justice heritage of the NAACP, dramatically increasing membership, particularly online and among millennials. Among the many demonstrations from Ferguson to Flint during his tenure, he conceived and led “America’s Journey for Justice” march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., over 40 days and 1000 miles.

Prior to leading the NAACP, Brooks was president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where he led the passage of pioneering criminal justice reform and housing legislation, six bills in less than five years. He also served as senior counsel and acting director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington, and a trial attorney at both the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the U.S. Department of Justice. Brooks served as judicial clerk for the Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Brooks holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and member of the Yale Law and Policy Review, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. Brooks has a B.A. from Jackson State University. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including: Boston University, Drexel University, Saint Peter’s University and Payne Theological Seminary as well as the highest alumni awards from Boston University and Boston University School of Theology. Brooks is a fourth-generation ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Adrienne King

March 17, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Adrienne King
Adriene King' Bio
Adrienne is the Executive Vice President, Americas Talent Management for Bain & Company.  She joined Bain’s Boston office as an Associate Consultant after graduating from Yale College in 1986.  After three years in Bain’s Boston office Adrienne took a leave to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she graduated in 1991 with an MBA.  She then worked as a Consultant in Bain’s San Francisco office for two years before transferring to the Chicago office where she is still based today.  Adrienne continued in client facing roles for the next several years in Chicago working with clients in many industries including financial services, telecommunications, utilities, aerospace/defense, health care, and consumer packaged goods.

In 2001 Adrienne focused her career internally and began managing all people related functions for Bain in the Chicago office.  In 2005 she stepped into a newly created role as Director of North American Human Capital.  This new role was created to support the Office Heads and local office talent leaders in the region to oversee HR operations and to lead strategic talent initiatives and projects.  In 2011 Adrienne was promoted to Senior Director and her scope was expanded to include all Bain offices and employees in the Americas region.

Adrienne is a native of Chicago’s south side.  She grew up in the Jackson Park Highlands and attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from Kindergarten through High School.  Today she lives in Hyde Park’s Kenwood area with her husband and three sons.  She sits on multiple charitable boards including the University of Chicago Women’s Board where she is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee. 


Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

March 17, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler' Bio

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – a consulting firm supporting organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and The HR Shop, LLC – a human resources firm designed to support non-profits and small businesses. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history. She is also the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold that position in the 63+ year history of the agency. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and corporate organizations.


In her work, Dr. Mosby-Tyler specializes in the development and delivery of leadership, equity, diversity, cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness strategies and training programs.  Some of her clients and collaborative efforts include the University of Colorado Hospital, The Aurora Police Department, The Center for Trauma and Resilience, The Centers for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations – The City and County of Denver, The ACLU of Colorado, ProLogis, Willis Towers Watson, Kaiser Permanente, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, The Boulder County AIDS Project, The Mayor’s Commission on Aging, Denver Police Department, Colorado Convention Center, Jefferson County Sheriff Department, Colorado State Patrol, RedLine, Earth Force, the Blue Bench, The African Community Center, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships –  The City and County of Denver, Donor Alliance, Nurse-Family Partnership, Denver Sheriff Department, Denver Fire Department, The Denver Foundation, Community Resource Center – Denver, The Crisis Center, cityWILD, Kid’s In Need of Dentistry (KIND), Mental Health America-Colorado, Denver Mayor’s African American Commission, Bringing Back the Arts, the National Coalition on Donation, Donor Awareness Council, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Regional Institute of Health & Environmental Leadership, Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, The Aurora Chamber of Commerce, JeffCo Public Health and many more.

Dr. Mosby Tyler has a vast, 32-year background in human resources, diversity & inclusion, training and operations management.  She has held leadership roles at AT&T, Kaiser Permanente in both Georgia and Colorado-regions, the McKesson Corporation and Statline (a subsidiary of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Foundation).

In the community, Dr. Mosby Tyler has received appointments by former-Mayors Wellington Webb and John Hickenlooper to serve as a member of the Career Service Authority Board for the City and County of Denver, by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board of Directors and by the Executive Director/Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to the Colorado Health Equity Commission. Dr. Mosby-Tyler has also served as the Diversity Chairperson for the Human Rights Campaign at both local and national levels and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc. and the Phi Delta Kappa International education professional association.  She is a former board member of the One Colorado Education Fund. In addition, she has served on the Colorado Tobacco Review Committee, the Black Health Collaborative Education Committee and the Disparities Action Committee. She currently serves as chair of the Denver Foundation Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of the Bonfil-Stanton Foundation and Craig Hospital.

Dr. Mosby Tyler, the 2019 9News Leader of the Year, has received many local and national awards for her service and leadership accomplishments including recognition from U.S. Department of Health And Human Services, U.S.

Department of Agriculture, Denver Business Journal, United Healthcare, ACLU of Colorado’s Carle Whitehead Memorial Award, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Human Rights Campaign, Community College of Denver, National Diversity Council, Colorado Women’s Chamber, Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, City and County of Denver, Aurora Police Department, Denver Health, Denver Sheriff Department, Colorado Black Women for Political Action and the Urban Leadership Foundation.


Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master of Arts degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.