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Nakeia L. Drummond

Nakeia L. Drummond

Nakeia L. Drummond is a results-driven leader, entrepreneur and educator with 15 years of organizational and project-based strategy and change management expertise. She views her career as a tapestry of experiences that have unlocked her purpose. In 2015, Drummond founded NLD Strategic, an equity-centered management consulting firm that supports strategy development, implementation, and measurement in social impact organizations and businesses. She is also founder of The Women Entrepreneur Leadership Lab, (The WELL), a membership network that drives community, collaboration and economic parity for black woman-owned businesses.

Drummond has spent most of her career in education in a variety of roles, from elementary teacher to special assistant to the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and leader, the proud mother of a son, Asher, “bonus mom” to daughter Kaycie, and the wife of her best friend since 5th grade, Jacen.

Diane Forbes Berthoud

Diane Forbes BerthoudDiane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, is the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) first chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president, assuming the role July 1, 2021.

Reporting to UMB’s president, she works to steward the university’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), catalyze the institutional change necessary for deepening and strengthening that commitment, and design and operationalize a transparent accountability framework to measure and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of UMB’s EDI initiatives at every level of the institution.

Dr. Forbes Berthoud earned her Ph.D and MA degrees at Howard University and previously led transformational equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at the University of California, San Diego.

A. Tonya Odom

A. Tonya OdomA. Tonya Odom is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst). Tonya has over 25 years of experience in strategic diversity planning and leadership. As Director of DEI at CareFirst, Tonya leads the company’s continued commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce to design innovative health care solutions for the people and communities CareFirst serves.

Tonya joined the FBI in 2008 as a Unit Chief in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs where she managed the special emphasis, affirmative employment, and reasonable accommodation programs. She temporarily served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs from August 2011 to September 2012. In 2012, Ms. Odom was promoted into the FBI’s Senior Executive Service where she served as the Section Chief of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In that role she developed and implemented diversity and inclusion strategies to improve workplace inclusion and increase workforce diversity across the FBI. In 2020, Tonya was promoted to Assistant Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs.

Prior to joining the FBI, Tonya served in various legal and management positions at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She was a civil rights attorney at EEOC Headquarters from 1990 to 1998. She later accepted an Administrative Judge position in the EEOC’s Washington Field Office in August of 1998. In that capacity she adjudicated complaints of employment discrimination filed by federal employees in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Europe. Tonya was promoted to Chief Administrative Judge in 2002. She returned to EEOC headquarters in 2007 as the senior attorney advisor to the Director of the Office of Federal Operations.

Tonya earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is admitted to the Maryland State Bar.

Angel St. Jean

Angel St. JeanAngel St. Jean is an applied researcher and systems thinker committed to racial equity. Throughout her career she’s built a reputation for being a fiercely committed, skilled and effective designer, leader, and manager of systems-level change efforts that scale impact. She has been a community organizer; developed policy at the national, state, and local levels; managed business associations; led systems change efforts in Philadelphia and Baltimore; and developed, led and evaluated workforce and economic development initiatives across the country. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in Baltimore where she led the agency’s effort to improve citywide workforce outcomes and managed the Baltimore Workforce Development Board.

Today St. Jean is the co-founder and CEO of The Black Brain Trust (TBBT), where she created a patent-pending methodology for measuring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in companies and a software platform called EquiScore BI™, that collects, measures and analyzes comprehensive DEI data within companies. She’s also a wife, mom and data nerd who loves to read when she’s not changing the world.