Deborah Vereen is well known as a strategic thinker with twenty years of experience in designing and implementing Diversity initiatives, training & development, and inclusionary processes in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The Vereen Group, is committed to assisting corporations, organizations and executives in formulating systemic change strategies in the areas of Diversity and Equitable Inclusion.
Deborah is a certified master trainer and facilitator whose areas of expertise comprise Strategic Planning, Leadership Coaching, D&I Training & Development, Holistic Recruitment (Retention), Community Engagement, Employee Business Resource Groups, and Inclusion Metrics, Reporting & Analytics. She is one of a select few in the nation who has earned the unique double credential status of CCDP/AP (Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/ Advanced Practitioner) from Cornell University.
Recognized for her work in Diversity Management, Inclusion and Community Engagement she is the recipient of numerous awards which include Corporate Citizenship Diversity Award, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; Keystone Award for Community Service, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association; Women of Excellence Award, YWCA; The Seed of Hope Award, PA Educational & Entrepreneurial Youth Program. She was selected as one of the most “Influential Inclusion Leaders” of Central PA; and has received the Business Diversity Champion Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the 2017 Leadership in Diversity Award from The Conference For Women.
Deborah is co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Professionals of Central PA (DIPCPA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA), and the Diversity Advisory Council of the Human Resource Professionals of Central PA (HRPCPA).
Mauricio serves as a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategist. consultant. trainer, sexual harassment prevention trainer, respectful workplace/toxic employee trainer, employee engagement/trust trainer, executive coach, mentoring trainer, expert witness and assists organizations with multicultural marketing, selling, and customer service. DTG’s clients include small and large, public and private organizations. A partial list includes Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Exelis, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Lane Construction, National Council for Aging, Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN, National Credit Union Administration, UVA Medical Hospital, and United States Postal Service. Past clients include The White House, HP, Black & Decker, BP, 0MB, SSA, US Coast Guard, NASA, Ryland Homes, Visa USA and more.
Diane currently serves as the Workforce Development S.T.E.P. Career Coach, at Harrisburg Area Community College. In this role, Diane fosters industry and community partnerships to advance employment options and training pathways for unskilled and unemployed participants.
Diane’s prior experience includes her instrumental role as the Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for The Hershey Company. In this role, Diane developed and implemented seven BRGs, initiated concentrated efforts on employee engagement, retention and a concentrated effort on diversity recruiting. Diane has been recognized with the Coretta Scott King “Women of Diversity Award,” Estamos Unidos “Our Community, Our Leaders Award,” YWCA “Women of Excellence Award,” and the Opportunity Funding Corp. & Entrepreneurship – “2012 Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award.”
The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) named Trent Hargrove as its Diversity Officer in January of 2014. He has an extensive background in diversity development. He is responsible for overseeing and facilitating the PBA’s efforts to improve diversity within the association and Pennsylvania’s legal profession. Trent has held positions in the public and private practice of law and served in some capacity for every Pennsylvania Governor and Attorney General between 1980 and 2010.
Trent served as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first Chief Diversity Officer and as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Trent worked as a Chief Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights Enforcement in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and served on the United States Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Working Group for State and Local Law Enforcement Training. He assisted the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission and conducted training for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Trent also chaired the Governor’s Alliance for Law Enforcement and Community Relations.
Claudia inspires leaders and motivates employees. She helps businesses deliver the results they need by driving employee engagement and building thriving workplace cultures. She founded her company, The Human Zone, after spending more than a decade as an attorney coaching leaders of organizations of all sizes through challenging situations. She is a speaker and author who also developed Frientorship™, an individual and team development model that encompasses key principles of friendship, mentorship and leadership to bring out the best in leaders and build fully engaged organizations. Immediately prior to starting The Human Zone, Claudia served as Associate General Counsel. Global HR & Litigation, for the Hershey Company.
Tina joined Pinnacle Health System in May 2015 as Vice President. Mission Effectiveness – Chief Diversity Officer. In her dual role at Pinnacle Health, Tina ensures that all business and clinical programs and services delivered are consistent with system’s mission – We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and quality of life for all the people of Central Pennsylvania- and that its programs and services are aligned with the system’s strategic plan and community benefit programs.
Warren Anderson is responsible for the direction, leadership and oversight of the College’s strategic vision around inclusion and all aspects of diversity. Warren provides leadership and strategic planning in implementing HACC’s commitment to a collegewide environment of collegiality, access, inclusiveness, respect and cultural competence. Warren’s prior experience includes: Associate Provost for student success at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York: Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Kaaba Brunson is currently a professor at the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA). Mr Brunson trains civil right law enforcement personnel nationwide. He is a former Harrisburg Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, where he directed and managed the Harrisburg Region’s administration and enforcement of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Fair Educational Opportunities Act. He is also the local and Statewide Chairperson NAACP Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) Program.