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Dr. Ellonda L. Williams

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Class of 2022 BEQ Pride LGBTQ Leader Under 40
(She, Her) is 38

What do you believe is your responsibility to this moment in history?

Committed to Inspiring Change: As an experienced diversity officer, Dr. Williams aims to deliver education, provide information, and inspire both change and growth in a variety of audiences. As the world moves ahead, workplaces evolve — especially in terms of their human composition. 

Diverse organizations are more successful at retaining talent, and inclusive workplaces maximize both talent and productivity. Organizations with strong “diversity climates” (i.e., inclusive work cultures characterized by openness toward others and appreciation of individual differences) are likely to have teams with increased job satisfaction and knowledge sharing.

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Dr. Ellonda L. Williams is the Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) at B Lab, a non-profit organization that has a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates a shared prosperity for all. In this role, she works to create a healthy, inclusive, antiracist culture for all employees and oversees B Lab’s Global JEDI strategies.

​For the past decade, Dr. Williams has been focusing her professional work on development, equity and connecting resources to people who are underprivileged, under-represented and under-served. Staying local to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ellonda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Psychological Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and later continued her education at Strayer University, obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership & Management. Dr. Williams later completed her doctoral degree at Capella University with a concentration in Educational Leadership & Management. Utilizing her research findings, in conjunction with top research in the field today, she coined a workshop entitled, “Improving Bias and Micro-Messaging as Experienced by Women Leaders”.

Most recently, Dr. Williams is a recipient of a DiversityFIRST™ DEI Champions Award. This national award honors professionals who are passionate about creating an impact in the field of diversity and inclusion. Diversity champions continue to put DiversityFIRST™ through visionary leadership and commitment to fostering change for ages to come.

​Dr. Williams is available for workshops, speaking engagements and panel discussions on various topics surrounding diversity, equity and justice-focused inclusion matters and is a passionate proponent of the advancement of women, disadvantaged and marginalized people from all walks of life.

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