Inclusive Excellence: A DEI&B* Refresher for Leading & Managing Self in Today’s Work Environment

Location: Koury Auditorium

Inclusive excellence starts with introspection and understanding and grows through actions and impact.  We all do small acts of kindness and make efforts in our work and personal lives to ensure that others are seen, heard, and included.  These acts and efforts encourage others to confidently “bring their whole self” to the job, community, and relationships.  A key question is, how can these acts and efforts contribute to inclusive excellence? 

This interactive discussion and panel presentation will:

  • Define inclusive excellence
  • Identify the diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging factors that enable inclusive excellence
  • Offer practical self-examination techniques you can use to strengthen your leadership and management approaches.

*Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging


Barbara Nobles Crawford, Ph.D.’s Bio:

Dr. Nobles Crawford has extensive higher education, entrepreneurial, government and corporate C-Suite experience.  She joined UNC Kenan-Flagler last year after serving at Harvard University as an executive coach, as well as a developer of world-class leadership and inclusive excellence models, programs, and best practices.  One of her models / programs, developed in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing, is widely used across multiple global industries and higher education institutions.

Dr. Nobles Crawford has been faculty in several MBA/MPA/PHD programs across private and public higher education institutions, had an exemplary corporate career for over 20 years in revenue-generating and executive staff positions within Fortune 50 global corporations, and CEO of her own consulting company serving clients in major health care, retail, high technology, higher education, and government for over a decade.   She also has extensive experience on university, healthcare, entrepreneurial, domestic and international boards.

Dr. Nobles Crawford has a PhD from Brandeis University, an MEd from the University of Virginia, and a BA from the UNC – Greensboro.  She has also completed executive certification programs at Harvard University, the University of California-Berkley, and Duke University.


Jim Johnson’s Bio:

James H. Johnson Jr. is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. Currently he is researching strategies to combat hyper-segregation, persistent and concentrated poverty, and gentrification-induced residential and economic dislocations in U.S. cities. And he currently works with gentrifying cities to develop roadmaps for inclusive and equitable economic development that creates shared prosperity. Fast Company profiled him in “Hopes and Dreams.” He received his PhD from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.


Tiesha D. Douglas’ Bio:

Tiesha D. Douglas is the Founder and Principal for LEAD Culture Consulting, an organization designed to assist in the education of diversity, equity, and inclusion through self-discovery toward the goal of inclusive leadership.

With over 12 years of professional experience within the higher education and non-proit sectors, Tiesha brings a wealth of knowledge and insights toward awareness and competence of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues and topics. Tiesha has been a DEI Consultant and Practitioner for over 6 years and is trained and Certiied in Emotional Intelligence, Keirsey Temperaments (personality sorter), and Conlict Mediation & Resolution.

Tiesha also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Corporate Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches Business Writing, Business Presentations, and Inclusive Leadership. Tiesha’s previous experience includes teaching Business Communication in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University — Bloomington, becoming the inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Kelley’s full-time MBA Program, and the inaugural Associate Director for Diverse Student Retention at Eastern Kentucky University, where she created and oversaw the retention program for under-represented minority students. Tiesha’s professional experience also includes Marketing, Fundraising & Donor Development, and Student Residence Life.

A native of Columbia, TN, Tiesha obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Western Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University – the irst in her family to do so. Tiesha’s experiences and upbringing informs her leadership style in which she describes as the African proverb, “It Takes a Village…”

As a trailblazer in her personal and professional life, Tiesha looks forward to connecting with individuals and organizations who are ready to begin the work of DEI to create a Culture shift through Inclusivity and effective Leadership.


Allison Schlobohm’s Bio:

Dr. Allison Schlobohm is a clinical assistant professor of communication at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she teaches in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Dr. Schlobohm received both her MA and PhD from the Department of Communication Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and her B.A. in communication from Truman State University. Her research investigates the rhetorics and metrics of organizational inequity.


Tom Nolan’s Bio:

Tom Nolan is an experienced transaction and operations leader. Most recently he ran and sold a turnaround healthcare business, SeniorWell, in the greater Chicago area. Prior to that he spent three years at an NC based Private Equity/Family Office fund focused on portfolio company strategy and capital markets. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2014 and started his career at Cisco Systems in Operations & Acquisitions Integration.

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