diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging Advisory Board
DEIB Advisory Board
AccessElite has appointed some amazing experts in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), to the AccessElite DEIB Advisory Board. These individuals are trailblazers changing the way companies transform diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our advisors will provide thought leadership and ignite future programming, ensuring we continue to provide the highest quality experiences for you and your employees.
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Amira Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE (she/her)
Executive VP of the Global Health Sector Team
Amira is an Executive Vice President on the Global Health Sector team, providing senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Multicultural counsel to clients. She is a scholar-practitioner and thought leader who brings experience in strategic communications that reach stakeholders, mobilize the community and inspire action. As a practitioner of inclusion, equity, and diversity (IED), a strategy consultant and adjunct professor, Amira partners with institutions to shift behaviors, to reach core audiences and to shape complex, at-scale public issues campaigns critical to the nation's well-being. She has experience in the government, nonprofit and private sector. Amira facilitates a variety of courses and is a sought-after speaker and writer on the topics of strategic planning, IED, marketing, communications, philanthropy and volunteerism. At California State University East Bay, she serves as a lecturer in marketing and communications. She is a data-driven/data-informed, organizational architect who leverages design thinking to advance DEI and solve complex challenges.
Natasha Bowman, JD, SPHR (she/her)
Mental Health Speaker Focus On Transforming Workplace Culture
Natasha Bowman is one of the most well-known names in workplace expertise. As an acclaimed champion for workplace equity, she has been named a Top 30 Global Guru in management, a Top 200 Voice in Leadership, and a LinkedIn Top Voice for Mental Health. She is a two-time author, TEDx Speaker, Forbes Contributor, media maven, and President of NYC-based leadership development firm, Performance ReNEW. As a social media influencer, Natasha uses her platform to tackle challenging and sensitive subjects and is not afraid to ruffle feathers with her commentary about creating workplaces and societies. After her bipolar diagnosis in 2021, Natasha has become a relentless advocate for mental health, specifically by urging organizations to promote cultures of mental wellness. Her latest vision is The Bowman Foundation for Workplace Equity and Mental Wellness. She hopes to create healthy work environments for everyone through The Bowman Foundation regardless of their employer’s ability to fund DEI initiatives. She is committed to changing lives and saving lives by advocating for psychologically safe and healthy work cultures.
Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn (she/her)
Social Justice, Education speaker & professional learning facilitator
Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn has an M.A. in Social Justice and Education from University College London’s Institute of Education and an Ed.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She is an educator, speaker, and professional learning facilitator. Sarah has experience teaching at both the secondary and elementary levels and in 2011 was named Teacher of the Year at Lakeside Upper Elementary School in Lake Village, Arkansas. As a teacher educator, Sarah’s areas of focus have included classroom culture, social identity, and diversity, equity and inclusiveness. She has designed and facilitated learning experiences with schools and districts across the country and with organizations including Learning for Justice, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and NY Times Student Travel. Sarah is known for creating and developing learning experiences that are engaging, meaningful and oriented towards action.
Nicole Herrera (she/her)
DEI Lead For Google & Founder of Her Era For Improving Other Organization's DEI Strategies
Nicole Herrera has over 10 years of experience in tech and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). She is the founder of Her Era, a training & consulting firm guiding organizations to improve their DEI strategy, with a particular focus on advancing women of color in the workplace. At Google, she is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead for Platforms & Ecosystems. She has led influential work to build more inclusive teams and products, as well as improving teams’ abilities to drive equitable outcomes for underrepresented groups. Her career has taken her to be based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bogotá, Colombia, and she is an expert in go to market for companies looking to expand their presence in Latin America or develop strategy with Latinx users in the US or abroad. Nicole studied Latin American Studies and Economics at Wellesley College. She is of Mexican American descent, and currently resides in San Francisco. Outside of work, she serves on the Board of Directors for Latinas in Tech, the Wellesley Alumnae Association Committee.
Dr. Jessica Isom, MD, MPH (she/her)
psychiatrist, medical educator, writer, public speaker & clinical Instructor at Yale
Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community psychiatrist, medical educator, writer, public speaker and clinical Instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership. She has been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society where her focus on social justice and health equity provided an opportunity to improve the care provided to marginalized populations in the state. She continues to work with the Yale Department of Psychiatry residency program as a faculty track leader for the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum where she highlights how power, oppression and the complexities within the field of psychiatry represent an intersection of focus for equity-focused mental health professionals. Her anti-racism teaching highlights the history of medical racism, interpersonal challenges in interracial interactions and provides a language for naming and responding to racism at multiple levels. She currently is working as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism consultant and facilitator for individuals, non-profit organizations and private companies.
Ivori Johnson (she/her)
Speaker, Advocate & Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Former Hampton University and Penn State alum, Ivori Johnson (she/her) is recognized for her work in the diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging space. She identifies as a masculine presenting Black queer woman and a bonus mom! Ivori advocates for equity, inclusion, fairness and representation within spaces where underestimated talent is severely underrepresented. She breaks down barriers that do not support bias-free hiring, retention, inclusion, fairness and equity. Ivori, originally from New Jersey, is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the People Analytics start-up, ChartHop and has worked for organizations such as Google, Twitter, DuPont and Capital One. She is passionate about creating opportunities for underestimated communities, but most importantly making sure that all people belong and are welcome in any industry.