Workshop Facilitators


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.

Em Bowen, MA, ABS

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.

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.