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Dr. Christal Morris

Owner/Founder

Driving For Change

Human Capital Consultant

My passion for all things ‘human’ began at an early age. I have always been culturally inquisitive. I found myself in Mexico learning Spanish in high school, immersing myself in Asian markets while working for a global Semiconductor organization, working in Europe, and understanding about the cultural nuances between Europe and the US and striving to help others feel like they belonged, right where they were, just as they were, with who they authentically were. Living my life authentically, is the only place where I have found true joy, in spite of the many obstacles that make their way. 
 
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me, to do the much needed and satisfying work in Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion.
Dr. Christal Morris

My Philosophy

I have loved working in Corporate America in several different industries and was thrilled when I was first asked to lead Diversity and Inclusion efforts for a cable media and entertainment organization in 2006.  I didn’t understand  the power that had been given to me; to leverage the creativity of employees across a vast spectrum of differences and improve the internal work culture and employee experience. Diversity and Inclusion is a transformational change effort to be leveraged to achieve business results.  I knew that my life would not be the same after entering into the function of HR. After two decades, I continue to be grateful for joy the work affords me.

Education and Credentials

Dr.Morris has a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

Dr.Morris enjoys sharing her knowledge of diversity and talent management by often speaking at conferences.Originally from San Diego California, she has a love for travel and is proud to have traveled to 49 of 50 states,as well as over 50 countries. She enjoys volunteering, serving on community boards, spends a lot of time caring for her mom, and mentoring young women.

Work Experiences

Dr. Morris has worked for many fortune 500 organizations leading human capital functions,  and diversity and inclusion. She served as Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for a leading Human Capital firm, where she was responsible for developing and implementing inclusion and diversity efforts for over 40,000 colleagues located in more than 120 countries. Her portfolio included broadening leadership accountability for diversity through targeted visible leadership commitment; design and delivery of diversity and inclusion courses to address Unconscious Bias and cross-cultural competence, as well as talent management and work-life flexibility programs. She has also held prominent leadership roles in healthcare, entertainment, and professional services organizations.

2020 – Work Rebooted conference – “Sustainable strategies for Inclusion Engagement”

2018 – Worldwide Business Research’s Annual Healthcare HR conference – HR and the new reality in Healthcare 

Work Rebooted Speaker – “Understanding Bias in the Workplace”

2017 – Diversity 4.0 Conference workshop speaker – Leveraging your HR business partner for Diversity and Inclusion efforts, “Growing through Acquisition” https://www.hrexchangenetwork.com/hr-talent-management/podcasts/growing-through-acquisition-an-interview-with-upmc

2016 – Richmond SHRM – Building an Inclusive Culture – Understanding Unconscious Bias

International Association of Black Actuaries “Unconscious Bias”

2015 – Talent Management Alliance – Day one Summit Chair and Mistress of Ceremonies

International Association of Black Actuaries, “Should I bring my Authentic self to work”;

Forum on Workplace Inclusion “Executive Presence: Why it Matters and How to Build it Amongst a Diverse Group of Leaders”

2014 – International Association of Black Actuaries – “Managing Up”

2013 – International Association of Black Actuaries – “Should I Bring my Authentic self to work”, Linkage Diversity Conference “Talent Optimization”

2009 – Linkage Diversity Conference “Best Practices in LGBT” and California Diversity Council Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote on “Executive Presence” National Association of Black Accountant key note “Should I bring my authentic self to work

 

Meet the Team

Monica Cannon

Principal Consultant

Diversity Consultant

Monica Cannon possesses twenty- five years of experience leading teams in sales, marketing,
and diversity and inclusion capacities for companies and organizations like Cox Communications,
BET- Black Entertainment Television, ESPN, the Walt Disney Company, and UMass Memorial
Health Care. Cannon was responsible for increasing the distribution and creating marketing
strategies for cable television networks as well as other emerging platforms. In the diversity and
inclusion roles she led and directed diversity and inclusion initiatives while consulting with and
guiding executive leaders on how to create an inclusive, productive, and collaborative work
environment for all of their employees.

Monica Cannon
More About Monica Cannon

Biography

Cannon’s experience also spans the nonprofit sector inclusive of social services, higher education, and K-12 education. Cannon’s roles have included assisting homeless adults in gaining and retaining employment, recruiting graduate students, and recruiting and training foster parents and volunteers. Most recently Cannon oversaw the administrative and volunteer services functions for Just in Time for Foster Youth, a San Diego based non-profit that supports transition age foster youth once they age out of the foster care system. Cannon led and managed over 600 volunteers and oversaw the operations of the organization.

Education and Credentials

Cannon received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media Communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. Cannon’s passion for diversity and inclusion have been at the center of her life and career. She desires for us all to be seen, valued and heard in our work and life so we can pursue our purpose with meaning and forward energy. In her spare time, Cannon enjoys daydreaming of her life pre-COVID that was inclusive of traveling and attending live sporting events. These days, Cannon can be found jogging slowly throughout her neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina and watching any live sports that can be found.

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