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Howard Ross Howard Ross
Founder & Chief Learning Officer

Howard J. Ross is one of the nation’s leading diversity training consultants and a nationally recognized expert on diversity, leadership, and organizational change.  His book, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance (August 2011) was released by Rowman & Littlefield in association with the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM).  Howard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and pursued postgraduate studies in administration, management, and organizational development at Wheelock College in Boston. He can be heard on NPR the first Monday of every month at noon, as a regular guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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

With more than 25 years of experience leading gender programs, diversity, inclusion, cultural competence and change management initiatives, Leslie Traub creates sustainable systems of change that yield greater performance, profit, and possibility. Leslie is especially interested in building gender equity in global corporations through full engagement of women, men and organizational structures and systems. Leslie is a Fellow in Change Management from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Tulane University, a B.A. in economics and history from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and a Certificate in Training and Development from the University of Maryland.
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
Chief Operating Officer & VP of Products

As a project coordinator and product manager, Laura Malinowski brings a wealth of experience in publishing and problem solving. Ms. Malinowski is responsible for Cook Ross’s operations, manages the content development, design, editing, programming, printing, and customer service for Cook Ross products, including publications, training tools, online resources, and web seminars, and also manages CEU/IACET criteria for all trainings and courses. A Washington, DC area native, Laura holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
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.
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

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. 
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