Founder and President of The Winters Group, Inc., a 38 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. She currently serves on the board of trustees of her alma mater, The University of Rochester. 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.
She is the author of six books: Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit (2020), Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity , Empathy and Belonging Across Difference (2020) 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.