Workshop Facilitators and Consultants

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Em grew up in Edmonds and Seattle, WA. They trained as a psychotherapist, as well as earning a graduate degree in leadership and organizational development from Bastyr University in 2009. Em currently works as a Holistic Leadership Consultant and Educator. Em is a founding member of the Peace Innovation Network (a collaboration between Stanford’s Peace Innovation Lab and The Hague). They studied Racial Equity for Adaptive Leadership with Dr. Nikum Pon. They are certified in Gracious Space, developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership. Em also has over two decades of experience as a medical massage therapist, and holds a whole systems mindset towards physical health, stress reduction, and healing from trauma. They are frequently sought out to deliver healthy conflict skills training and DEI Culture Change Efforts.

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Maileen Hamto, MBA, MS,
Doctoral Student

Maileen Hamto has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic communications and more than a decade in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program development and execution. She has worked as an in-house DEI manager at large, complex organizations in healthcare, government, community mental health, higher education and technology sectors in Oregon and Colorado. Maileen has formal training in DEI management, strategy and action planning from the Society for Diversity, Cornell University and the National Council for Behavioral Health. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Leadership in Educational Equity at the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Maileen identifies as Pinay/Filipino-American, with research interests in the application of anti-racist and racially just principles in workplace settings, as well as personal and academic explorations in critical media literacy, third-world feminism, liberatory pedagogy and decoloniality.

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Michelle Marks-Osborne

Michelle Marks-Osborne is a transformational leader and change agent within the inclusion & equity space. Michelle is a prolific public speaker, leadership coach, and consultant, with extensive experience working with individuals and organizations and employing realistic and implementable solutions that yield longstanding results. With experience working in all areas of the inclusion & equity space, she focuses on race, culture, identity, and gender. Her "wheelhouse" is anti-racism and anti-misogynoirism. She is the creator of The DISRUPTION Method™ and The DISRUPTION Method™ for Church Leaders. With more than a decade of experience, Michelle is known as an innovator with exceptional critical thinking ability, interpersonal skills, and communication skills as well as a proven ability to handle sensitive interactions with insight, tact, and diplomacy. Michelle received her B.A. in General Studies from Hampton University and M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC – Wilmington. She is looking forward to pursuing a Ph.D. in the near future.

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Brandon Finnie

Brandon is a Colorado native and United States Navy veteran with human resource and recruiting experience specializing in career placement and diverse initiatives. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and brings over 5 years of relative experience as an apprentice.

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Yolánda L. Chase, SHRM-SCP, CPM, CM

Yolánda brings 30+ years of HR expertise developing solid workplace DEI program frameworks, and optimizing and leveling up existing ones. She is the founder and creator of the Diversity Way-Maker leadership competency framework and business integration model. Throughout her career, she's built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor/expert, spending many years consulting in leadership capacities for a variety of industries within the public, private, non-profit, and government sectors. Drawing upon her SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification, project management and conflict resolution certifications, complimented by her BA education in Organizational Development from Regis University. She demonstrates adept knowledge in strategic planning and program improvement by crafting solutions designed to evolve DEI practices that ultimately promote employee personal and professional well-being and equity for all.

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Mari Akers

Mari Akers has enjoyed an extensive career in Human Resources that spans 20+ years. She has been employed on the senior executive level for multi-billion dollar S&P public Real Estate companies in corporate America including AIMCO, Prologis and UDR, Inc. as an SVP of Human Resources. Her professional career has been focused on taking a holistic approach to developing and expanding an enterprise’s culture including diversity, equity and belonging, employee engagement, succession planning, and leadership development. Mari currently serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver and Project Sanctuary. Mari holds a BS in Psychology and has completed post graduate work in the fields of Education and Counseling at Arizona State University. She also has a Certification in Leadership for Women.

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Sealoyd Jones III (He/Him)

Sealoyd is a facilitator, coach, educator, and mentor, who excels at helping people and organizations maximize their potential, by exploring who they are and helping them discover who they want to be. Sealoyd has nearly 20 years experience working in and around internationally acclaimed non profit organizations including Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Challenge Day, Soul Shoppe, Bright Futures, River Rouge School District, Oakland Unified School District, designing and implementing programming for youth and adults. Currently he is developing Social/Emotional learning curricula for use in small and large group settings. Sealoyd holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial/Operations Engineering and Master’s degree in Social Work both from the University of Michigan. When he is not coaching or teaching Sealoyd enjoys singing, acting, and stage managing/producing local stage productions and plays, serving in his local church, and participating in group fitness classes and activities .