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Howard Ross

Howard Ross
Founder & Chief Learning Officer

As founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc. Howard Ross has served for almost 30 years as an influential business consultant to hundreds of organizations across the United States and in dozens of other countries, specializing in leadership, diversity, and organizational transformation. He is a recognized thought leader on exploring and addressing Unconscious Bias. Howard was the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity-in-Residence at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man has ever served in such a position at an HBCU, and serves on the external Diversity Advisory Board for the Human Rights Campaign. Howard was the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Stars Who Mean Business Peer Award from Diversity Woman, and the Winds of Change Award from the Multicultural Forum for Workplace Diversity. He can be heard monthly on NPR as a regular guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose & Performance, published by Rowman Littlefield in association with the Society for Human Resource Management in 2011. His upcoming book, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives will be published by Rowman Littlefield in June 2014.

Michael Leslie Amilcar

Michael Leslie Amilcar
Managing Partner

In her role for Cook Ross, Michael Leslie Amilcar manages the company’s strategic direction and is responsible for the day to day management of the team.  She is also responsible for advancing the mission of Cook Ross work in the U.S. and throughout the globe. With over ten years of experience developing strategic business solutions that have diversity and inclusive tactics at their core, her previous work experience includes Diversity Best Practices in Washington, DC, AXA Financial in Chicago, and NBC Studios in Los Angeles. A native of Chicago, Michael earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and is an Executive Coach trained by the prestigious Academy of Coach Training.

Leslie Traub

Leslie Traub
Chief Consulting Officer

Leslie has more than 25 years of experience leading gender programs, diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias cultural competence and change management initiatives. Leslie is committed to creating sustainable change that yields greater performance, profit, and possibility. Leslie is especially interested in using performance support tools to support education in changing behavior. She is also committed to building gender equity in global corporations through full engagement of women, men and organizational structures and systems. Leslie has consulted with some of the world’s largest companies and educational institutions. She is a Fellow in Change Management from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Tulane University.

Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale

Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale
Principal Consultant

Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale is a corporate leader, consultant, educator, and author with more than thirty years experience leading the diversity and inclusion efforts in over twenty five countries, across four continents. At Cook Ross Inc., she designs global diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives and identifies diverse talent. From 2008 to 2012, Rosalyn served as Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the Campbell Soup Company, EVP Diversity Initiatives for MTV Network and CEO of Barnes O’Neale & Associates. Rosalyn is the author of “Seven Keys To Success: Unlocking The Passion For Diversity”, and was named one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine and one of the 100 Top Executives in America in Uptown Professional Magazine. Rosalyn attended Indiana University and holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Louisville. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Laura Malinowski

Laura Malinowski
Vice President, Solutions

Laura Malinowski brings a wealth of experience in production, publishing and management. She leads Cook Ross Inc’s dynamic Solutions team, responsible for the development, design, and delivery of the organization’s suite of Solutions, including instructor-led courses, asynchronous learning offerings, online learning resources such as CultureVision and The Diversity Toolkit, performance support tools and publications. A Washington, DC area native, Laura has been with Cook Ross since 2002. She graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. in Business Administration as well as a concentration in Film & Theater and a passion for transformation.

Dwight A. Anderson

Dwight A. Anderson
Director of Client Services

Dwight A. Anderson is Director of Client Services with Cook Ross Inc. He has over 18 years of experience in Organizational Development, Talent Management & Change Management with global experience in: designing and delivering talent management, organizational development and change management solutions to domestic and international organizations in both public and private sectors. Prior to joining Cook Ross, Dwight was Manager in Accenture’s Management Consulting Practice specializing in Learning Strategy, Change Management & Transformation System Implementation and Organizational & Talent Management. Dwight also held positions at Fannie Mae as Senior Consultant of Leadership & Management Development and Senior Manager of Retail & Indirect Sales for Sprint Nextel Corporation. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Clark Atlanta University.

John Cruzat

John Cruzat
Director of Sales and Client Relationships

John Cruzat is a military and executive leader with experience in sales, not-for-profit, program management, financial, operational, and human resource leadership. At Cook Ross, John is a solution and performance based manager who has developed analytical frameworks, infrastructure, and metrics to ensure operational effectiveness and success models. He is a seasoned leader with a proven track record of building, designing, and developing teams, processes, and procedures in corporate and community based organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management, and is community activist in leading political transformation, economic development, and educational reform.

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson
Senior Consultant

Eric C. Peterson, MSOD is a Senior Consultant with Cook Ross Inc. He is a recognized facilitator and educator in the Diversity & Inclusion space with over 15 years of experience in Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Learning Strategies, and Organization Development. Eric is certified in the use of both the Predictive Index and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and is a graduate of the Facilitation Learning Partners Program of Healing the Heart of Diversity. He has been published in Profiles in Diversity Journal and Echelon Magazine, and has been sourced as a D&I expert by CNN, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Bloomberg Group, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.

Howie Schaffer

Howie Schaffer
Senior Consultant

Howie Schaffer's main area of focus is on client development and relationship management. Additionally he serves as professional facilitator and trainer for the firm. Previously, Howie was VP, Communications, Research & Publications at Diversity Best Practices. He also served as the Public Outreach Director at Public Education Network (PEN) in Washington, DC and has served on boards of directors and advisory committees for: Cornell University, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Bell Multicultural High School, Good Schools Pennsylvania, Circle Woods Community Association, and the Alpha Delta Phi Society, among others. Howie holds a B.A. in communications from Cornell University and a graduate degree in philosophy of education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

Armers Moncure

Armers Moncure
Consultant

Armers Moncure is a senior consultant and professional facilitator for Cook Ross. Ever the student of personal growth and development, Armers has spent the last five years studying various aspects of the subconscious mind, and its impact on human behavior, specifically how it relates sales, business development, and leadership in helping people perform better. He is particularly passionate about the intersection of Employee Engagement and Diversity within organizations. Armers has over fifteen years experience in training, sales, and business development and continues to play a pivotal role in supporting organizational transformation of Cook Ross clients. 

Minjon Tholen

Minjon Tholen
Training & Development Specialist

Minjon Tholen is a Consultant and Training & Development Specialist at Cook Ross Inc. She brings nearly a decade of experience in facilitation & curriculum design, and specializes in trainings on diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, and cultural competency. Minjon has developed and led workshops for a wide variety of organizations, including the Veterans Administration, EMC EMEA, the Society for Human Resource Management, Duke University Hospital, the George Washington University, and the Human Rights Campaign. Minjon’s other responsibilities at Cook Ross include curriculum design and learning & development of consultants and staff. Minjon graduated cum laude from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands for her Bachelor’s degree, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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