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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

2021 Panellist

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Past Panelist

  • Rachel Nyaradzo Adams


    MSc African Studies; BSocSci Social Anthropology, Media and Writing. Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, a facilitator, speaker, and coach focused on transformational leadership, is the founder and managing director of Narachi Leadership, a Pan-African leadership consultancy based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Narachi Leadership aims to develop deep benches of leaders across the African continent by providing leaders with transformational tools to shift themselves, their followers and their environments. Narachi works with corporates, entrepreneurs, the public sector, universities and high schools.  Rachel’s focus on diversity started when she wrote her Master’s dissertation on race politics and transformation in higher education in South Africa. Since then her career has been focused in parts on advocating for inclusivity, particularly racial inclusivity, in corporate spaces. Previous roles were with Yale University where she led the launch of its Africa Initiative as Associate Director for Africa. Before that she was with McKinsey and Company (Johannesburg) where she was head of the McKinsey Leadership Program (MLP) which she co-designed, implemented and managed. She was also a founding member of the transformation committee.  Prior to this she worked with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation as Regional Program Manager for leadership and entrepreneurship, Gauteng Region. Rachel is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, a Mellon Mays Fellow and a Felix Scholar. She is a recipient of the Mellon Mays Leadership and Service Award. She read for her Masters in African Studies at the University of Oxford (St. Anthony’s College) and her Bachelor of Social Science in Social Anthropology and Media at the University of Cape Town.

  • Redia Anderson


    Redia Anderson is a diversity and inclusion strategist, certified executive coach, author and speaker. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Anderson People Strategies, LLC a Human Resources management consulting and executive coaching firm committed to aligning talent, performance and business results. Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of Diversity & Inclusion, Redia is a senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources and change management. As a former Chief Diversity Officer across industry leading organizations recognized for talent management and leadership strength - Deloitte & Touche; Equiva Services (JV Shell, Texaco, and Saudi Aramco); Sears, Roebuck & Co.; and Abbott Laboratories; Redia has successfully engaged and led enterprise-wide change management efforts focused on inclusion and the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women and people of color. She has coached and engaged highly talented leaders and executives in positive behavioral shifts, which tightly align their performance and business results. She’s helped leaders gain greater insight into their leadership strengths, learning edges, and interpersonal skills as they work to succeed in driving global business results. Clients have included leaders from Deloitte, Shell, University of Houston, KPMG, ExxonMobil, AonHewitt, and PwC. Redia received her graduate degree in clinical psychology and holds certifications in multiple leadership and personality assessment instruments. She is co-author of Trailblazers: How Top Business Leaders Are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity and founder of AuthenticAllies®. She has served on numerous boards focused on health, children’s and women’s issues. 


  • JuanCarlos Arauz


    JuanCarlos Arauz is one of the most sought-after speaker and facilitator, inspiring and captivating audiences internationally through his creative storytelling approach. He has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of 21st century education, equity, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. He has written academically on the intersection of Social Emotional Learning & Equity as well as personal testimonials and is featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists. His fresh and compelling vision cultivates collaboration between various sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for every student and educator. Dr. Arauz received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.  He received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco.  His dissertation focused on the racial identity development of undocumented youth.  His belief that we cannot have educational excellence without equity led him to establish the nonprofit, E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, where he serves as the founder. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Dominican University and has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations. Fun facts: JuanCarlos is a proud member of a family that includes his partner, a woman of grace, and have extended their family to include 29 wonderful children (there’s a story!).  He is bilingual in Spanish/English, was born in Brazil to Nicaraguan parents and immigrated to the U.S. He has taught in the classroom and enjoys coaching female and male high school basketball championship teams.


  • Janet Bennett

    1945-2022 Deceased

  • November 2, 1928 - June 25, 2018