What People Are Saying

Kevin Gagan

Senior Client Partner, Leadership & Professional Development at Korn Ferry 

When I was responsible for recruiting senior leaders for our consulting business, I asked a group of colleagues for their thoughts on how best to recruit with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a focus. Shawna responded to my request and our subsequent discussions led to many learnings for me (and I hope for her too!). Based on her lived experience, work history, and academic accomplishments, Shawna has a differentiated skillset on DEI topics. And in my experience, Shawna’s real strength is her ability to make her DEI perspectives accessible to others in a meaningful way. Sometimes this means difficult conversations but always this means mutual learning which I believe is Shawna’s main objective. Shawna is an effective consultant who raises awareness, builds knowledge, and shares skills with those who want to learn, share allyship and provide leadership on DEI topics in authentic and impactful ways. I highly recommend Shawna as a committed, informed and skilled practitioner for DEI topics.

What People Are Saying

I had the privilege of working with Shawna on several DEI learning and development engagements with well known organizations. In my experience, Shawna approached each engagement with thought and care, taking time to meet with clients to craft a learning experience to meet their specific needs. Shawna's preparation was top notch. Her presence, even in a virtual environment, was tremendous. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the topics that we discussed, seamlessly weaving in personal vignettes to further amplify the training content. Following each engagement she proactively followed up with clients to ensure that we met their needs and actively sought feedback from me as well. Perhaps, most importantly, Shawna has demonstrated empathy and understanding with me, personally relating to the balance of parenthood and a demanding professional career. I am glad to call her a colleague. But I am proud to call her a friend.

Christopher Riddick, Ed.D

Head of Client Experience at ReadySet, Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC Rossier School of Education

Jessica Dowches-Wheeler, PCC

CEO and Leadership Coach at Bright Space Coaching


If you're ready for real talk about your DEI strategy with someone who helps you face what is (rather than what you wish could be), Shawna is the DEI Consultant for you. I worked with Shawna at a management consulting firm, and I had the pleasure of working with her on several DEI projects over the last two years. Her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge is unmatched. She provides practical advice that goes beyond training - beyond "doing" DEI - and supports leaders in taking intentional action. As a colleague in a similar field, I'm constantly in awe of Shawna's perspective and thought leadership, as well as her values-driven approach to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within organizations. Your organization needs Shawna's direct, action-oriented strategy, and I wholeheartedly recommend her without hesitation.


Shawna led a DEI workshop for us that was incredibly insightful and thought-provoking. Her facilitation skills generated very deep discussion amongst the group and everyone came out of the session feeling that it was time well spent. I appreciated the time Shawna spent with the team leading up to the workshop to ensure she was well-informed of our company's history and culture, to ensure the training was tailored to us. I would love to work with Shawna again!

Jessica Chan

Director of People at ReD Associates

Hollis McCormick

Executive Assistant at ReadySet

Shawna is an exceptional facilitator who has a way of connecting with people, meeting them where they are, and making them feel comfortable so real work can be done. She is authentic, honest, caring, compassionate, and a true rockstar. Anyone who works with Shawna can be assured that they are in the hands of an expert with a gentle touch.

Shawna is a skilled facilitator and consultant who is passionate about DE&I and helping clients build more inclusive work places. Her background as a teacher shines through in her work. She is empathetic, compassionate, hard working, honest, and a pleasure to work with.

Phong Dinh, PMP

Senior Manager at Eagle Hill Consulting