OUR TEAM

Our consultants have provided Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming that is relevant, timely, and practical to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Our facilitators and trainers are skilled in quickly building rapport and trust with clients. Since we work together as a team, we remain accessible to respond as needed.

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JANELLE AKTINSON

Consultant/Facilitator

An Olympic swimming finalist (2000) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pioneer, Janelle has first-hand experience of traditional cultural barriers and intersectionality. A seasoned coach and facilitator, Janelle has a refreshing and encouraging approach that helps organization stakeholders explore the impacts of their policies.

 

Specialty Areas: Intersectionality; Inclusive Events; End-user Experience; Youth Empowerment

Education: Tourism Management (University of Florida)

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STEPHEN GRAVES

Senior Consultant/Facilitator

With over ten years of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experience in healthcare, nonprofit, and education sectors, Stephen invigoratingly draws from his personal and professional experiences as he expertly engages individuals and groups in their journey to bring about crucial changes.

Specialty Areas: Environments; Sense of Belonging; Access, Interpretation, and Ability

 

Masters: Health Administration (MUSC)

Certificate: Strategic D&I Management (Georgetown University)

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KAIG LIGHTNER

Senior Consultant/Facilitator

Kaig has been presenting and providing trainings on gender identity and  LGBTQIA+ awareness since 2006. Through a mix of personal storytelling, humor, and interactive educational sessions Kaig untangles the complicated web of transgender, cisgender, and other gender identities.  Kaig is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University.

Specialty Areas: LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Youth Empowerment

 

Masters: Masters in Social Work (Portland State University)

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CINTHIA MANUEL

Contracted Consultant/Facilitator

A first-generation Latina named one of 23 Business Leaders to Watch in 2019 by the Portland Business Journal, Cinthia is a skilled  multicultural marketing strategist and DEI expert. Cinthia has worked with Fortune 500s, start-ups, and nonprofits since 2001. In 2019, Cinthia presented a TedX talk about mentorships.

 

Specialty Areas: Microaggressions; Marketing; Mentorship/Internship Programs; Latinx Community

Masters: MBA (George Fox University)

Certificate: Strategic D&I Management (Georgetown University)

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EMILY MURRAY

Senior Analyst

Emily is an Equity and Inclusion Analyst at Truclusion. Her talents include assessing where organizations are along their path toward inclusion and prescribing interventions that positively affect organizational culture.  Emily volunteers as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair for Pacific Northwest Swimming that serves over 6,000 young athletes in the Seattle area.

 

Specialty Areas: Youth Empowerment; Qualitative Experiences, Asian-American Community

 

Education: B.A. in Sociology (Western Washington University)

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TIFFANY MONIQUE QUASH, PhD.

Research Director

With extensive experience in how people interact with each other and their environments, Dr. Quash’s quantitative and qualitative research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and one’s historical relationship with their settings

Specialty Areas: Quantifying Inequity; LGBTQIA Community, Individual Experiences

Education: B.A. in Political Science (Randolph-Macon Woman's College)

Masters: Masters of Education (Springfield College)

Doctorate: PhD Philosophy, Leisure Behavior (Indiana University)

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DANE WOLFROM

Senior Manager/Facilitator

Dane has spent a decade building foundations from which organizations can chart and navigate their journey toward a culture of inclusiveness. Dane is a primary contributor to the Human-Centered Inclusive Design project. Prior to DEI, Dane spent twenty years in the corporate world.

Specialty Areas: Human-Centered Inclusive Design; Systemic Power Inequities

Certificate: Strategic D&I Management (Georgetown University)

 

Publications: Modeling Initial Participation of Diverse Communities (2018) IJARE Journal