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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Mary-Frances Winters

Mary-Frances Winters

Founder and President of The Winters Group, Inc., a 36-year old (as of 2020) global diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm, Mary-Frances Winters is a passionate advocate for justice and equity; a provocateur not afraid to have the difficult conversations. Mary-Frances has over three decades of experience working with corporate leaders in support of enhancing their understanding of what it is like to be the “other.” 

Winters is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organizational change. 

Mary-Frances Winters has served on national not-for profit, corporate and university boards. Among her many awards and distinctions, she was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal in August 2007 and received the Winds of Change award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in 2016. Ms. Winters was also featured in Forbes’ June 2016 publication, which honored some of the DC Metro area’s most powerful women. In November 2019, she was named by Forbes as one of 10 trailblazers in diversity and inclusion. She has served as a torch bearer for the Olympics and has previously been recognized as an Athena Award winner from the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to women and the community.

In August 2020, she will be releasing her latest book Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences. In 2021, she will be releasing another book called Black Fatigue; How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit.  She is the author of four other books: We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (2017), Only Wet Babies Like Change: Workplace Wisdom for Baby Boomers, Inclusion Starts With “I” and CEO’s Who Get It: Diversity Leadership from the Heart and Soul. Mary-Frances also authored a chapter in the book Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (2013) and numerous articles.

 

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