Michelle Williams

Englewood, OH
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Meet Michelle Williams

I am a seasoned Diversity Professional with almost 15 years of DEI Leadership Experience. For most of my career, I have worked within Christian Higher Education. Recently, I have transitioned into consulting & have broadened my sphere of influence to Christian ministries, non-profits, & churches. I have coached & been a trusted advisor to Diversity Teams, Presidents, Executive Directors, HR Directors, Faculty, Staff, Students, & Board Members. As a woman of color, I have learned how to navigate primarily white spaces with compassion, grace, & excellence. I am knowledgeable of best practices, theory, & policy related to racial equity, diversity, inclusion, & belonging (i.e., systemic oppression, anti-racism, & the intersections of gender, poverty, & economic disenfranchisement). As a seminary graduate, I know how to locate these principles within the biblical text & a Christian Worldview. I am also a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® with the Institute for Diversity Certification.

Areas of Expertise

Christian Colleges
Churches
Individual 1 on 1 coaching
Other Organizations

Services

References

Mimi Haddad
President/CEO - CBE International
As consultant and coach, Williams developed a multi-year, comprehensive strategy to educate, support, grow and ensure an enduring DEI culture. Timely and detailed, Williams cast DEI vision that aligned with organizational ethos. She established DEI expectations in staff and board manuals and missional statements. Adapting to organizational capacity with flexibly and creativity, Williams is a consummate professional to learn from and grow beside. She has our unreserved, enthusiastic endorsement.
Robin Higle
VP, Organizational Effectiveness & Human Resources (former) - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Michelle came on board to spearhead recruitment efforts during a time of organizational transition. She was quick to assess, design and implement much needed process improvements. She has a genuine interest in people and an innate understanding of how to navigate sensitive situations or conflict. But it's never about navigation to merely accomplish a task. Michelle brings wisdom and discernment along with an interpersonal style that invites people in and brings them together. She is a gift!
Carol F. Burton
CEO - Jeweld Legacy Group
Michelle has served in various roles for our company but what is most relevant to this reference is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion coaching and advisement. Michelle helped the company incorporate DEI in all of the assessment and planning materials that are used with small emerging Black and Brown grassroots organizations. Michelle is practical, patient, and straightforward and she works well with our diverse group of consultants.

Work Experience

CEO/Principal Consultant
Shalom Consulting - Englewood
January 2019 - Current
Chief Consultant specializing in providing peace of mind to individuals, churches, and organizations in transition. We provide temporary assistance with administrative, pastoral care/pulpit supply, interim staffing, DEI interventions & strategies, leadership coaching and development, and crisis management advisement. Services include policy/procedure handbooks, DEI training/advisement/recruitment, editing, HR screening/interviewing, workplace harassment training/consultation, website content & design, crisis response intervention (Title IX, DEI incident).
Dean of Students
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - South Hamilton
May 2015 - December 2018
Direct and supervise the daily operations of the Department of Student Life Services. Vision casting and responsibility for ensuring the actualization of departmental and Seminary mission statements. Supervised and evaluated strategies and programs in the following areas: housing and residence life, international students, campus safety, student government/leadership, student health insurance, family programming, and counseling. Student success and well-being were core responsibilities. Overall supervisory responsibilities include 12 professional staff and 52 student employees. Served on President’s leadership team. Served as Title IX & ADA coordinator for the institution with training and investigation responsibilities.
Director of Cultural Resource Center/Assistant Dean of Students
Anderson University - Anderson
July 2007 - May 2015
Responsible for oversight of the University Cultural Resource Center. Responsible for institution-wide programming and chaired city-wide MLK program. Responsible for developing training curriculum and executing diversity training workshops for student leaders and faculty/staff. Underrepresented students’ success and well-being were core responsibilities. Promote an inclusive campus environment through admissions presentations, programming, and leadership development. Assist Admissions & HR with recruitment efforts for international and multicultural students, staff, and faculty. Developed D&I onboarding materials for HR through the diversity council. Chaired Institutional diversity council for six years; primary goal was increasing recruitment and retention of faculty/staff of color; Developed institution-wide D&I policies, procedures, and goals regarding recruitment and retention of diverse faculty/staff and students.

Education

Masters - Theology
Anderson University School of Theology - Anderson, Indiana
August 2010 - May 2015
Bachelors - Psychology
Wright State University - Fairborn, Ohio
August 1992 - December 1996

Resources

Diversity Playbook: Recommendations and Guidance for Christian Organizations

https://www.amazon.com/Diversity-Playbook-Recommendations-Christian-Organizations/dp/1684263719/ref=sr_1_2?crid=27GWXU5Y1TA9S&keywords=diversity+playbook+michelle+williams&qid=1642613330&sprefix=diversity+play%2Caps%2C67&sr=8-2

I co-authored this book with Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige. Diversity Playbook offers a unique opportunity to gain a sneak peek into the world of the other. The premise is that many diversity efforts fail simply because organizations don’t share a common language as they talk about diversity. To address this problem, we offer insights within three key areas for Christian organizations: Section One―Wisdom for Diversity Professionals Section Two―Guidance for Outliers, Allies, and Co-conspirators Section Three―Strengthening Diversity throughout Your Organization