Michele Hudgins Ozumba is principal and founder of Michele Ozumba & Associates, a consulting firm which helps organizations develop effective programs to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
She is the former President of the Women’s College Coalition and past CEO of Women’s Funding Network, a global philanthropic organization representing 166 women-led foundations. She has over 25 years of international experience and expertise in executive leadership, academic teaching and research, women-led philanthropy and innovative program development.
She is a life-long learner, with the astute ability to tailor the most promising practices for her stakeholders’ best results. She leads with humility and relational positivity that motivates people to bring their best to shared goals. Michele’s impressive track record is a demonstration of her deep talent coupled with her relational values.
It has been an honour and an inspiration to collaborate with Michele on the area of diversity, inclusiveness and leadership. Michele is a unique facilitator and educator who creates a safe haven for the exploration of racism. She approaches race through an integrated learning model as she equips leaders with the historic lens of racism and then creates experiential learning through sharing and dialogue and poetry. Michele imbues her work with integrity, personal credibility and an international view of racism as a global phenomenon. With Michele, the sensitive and emotional topic of racism is in safe hands and through her grace and experience she allows for healing and personal enrichment.
A global economy and demographically changing workplace and customer base require all institutions to maximize organizational and human dimensions of diversity through inclusion. Michele Ozumba offers practical cognitive and emotional capacity - building methods that leverage differences rather than ignoring, minimizing or assimilating them. Her approach honestly and ethically confronts systems and practices that maintain racial, gender and all forms of exclusion and offers the opportunity for a sustainable future.