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Leslie Traub Leslie Traub
President & CEO


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.
Howard Ross Howard Ross
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. Howard is past chairman of Leadership Washington and a former director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He also was the 2007-2008 Visiting Professor of Diversity for Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. 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.
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, Inc.’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 DC area native, Laura holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Michael Leslie Amilcar Michael Leslie Amilcar
Executive Vice President, Business Development


In her role for Cook Ross, Michael Leslie Amilcar manages the company’s strategic client relationships and is responsible for advancing the reach 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, holds a Graduate Level Certificate in Producing from UCLA’s Film & Television Program, and is an Executive Coach trained by the prestigious Academy of Coach Training.
J. Robby Gregg, Jr. J. Robby Gregg, Jr.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances


In this newly created role, Robby will manage the Cook Ross sales team and help clients achieve new heights in their diversity and inclusion efforts by generating a remarkable client experience. A nationally recognized diversity expert, Robby offers deep experience in developing workplace inclusion initiatives that increase opportunities for professionals from all segments of society, especially those with disabilities. Robby is an accomplished motivational speaker and has served as an advisor to numerous advocacy, education, and service organizations including Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Bright Beginnings, a day care center for homeless children. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.
Howie Schaffer Howie Schaffer
Vice President


Howie Schaffer's main areas of focus are client development and engagement, media outreach, and content and research product development. Previously, Howie was VP, Communications, Research & Publications at Diversity Best Practices. For more than a decade before then, Howie served as the Public Outreach Director at Public Education Network (PEN) in Washington, DC. Howie 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.
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