Michael D. Carter, CEO of Intercultural Competence Edge, Inc.
Michael D. Carter is the founder and CEO of Intercultural Competence Edge, Inc. a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion firm that focuses on delivering high-quality intercultural competence education. Michael teaches that once we shift our mindsets to a more interculturally competent orientation, we allow diversity, equity, and inclusion to flourish within our organization. His main responsibility is to collaborate with organizations as they begin their diversity, equity and inclusion journey and match them with the right educational partner. Michael is also an experienced facilitator of intercultural competence training and teaches frequently.
Michael has been involved in diversity and inclusion work for over 30 years. Prior to starting Intercultural Competence Edge, Michael spent 25 years at the 3M Company. While at 3M, he headed the 3M Industrial Sector’s largest initiative to increase the organization’s intercultural competence through educational workshops. He has also served on many corporate diversity steering committees, task forces and employee affinity groups. In April 2016, he received the President’s Circle Award for his contributions to the 3M Company’s African American Network.
Michael obtained his BS in business from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Rochester in Rochester N.Y. Although he spent many years as a successful sales and marketing professional, he moved into the DE&I field because of his passion for studying and teaching intercultural competence. Michael is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory©, an assessment tool that enables individuals and organizations to learn more about their level of intercultural competence and then improve their ability to bridge cultural differences. Over the years, Michael has developed many training tools and exercises that help workshop participants understand and become comfortable with the concepts of intercultural competence, equity, and inclusion.
“Finally, a facilitator with the business background to apply cultural competence training to my world. In our workshop, Michael made us feel good about where we were in terms of cultural competence and guided us on how to improve. He kept things straightforward and simple. In 3 years’ time, we advanced our growth trajectory from 3% to 10%.”
-Jamie Greshowak, Leadership Academy Manager
Loretta Van Pelt, Senior Facilitator
With close to 20 years of experience Loretta’s work in diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and cultural competence has engaged her with a broad range of industries in the Fortune 500, 100 and many of the Top 50 companies recognized by Diversity, Inc. She works with clients to develop short and long term strategies to help maximize on-the-job capability while achieving organizational, group and personal goals. She works with executives, leaders and employees from the C-Suite to the shop floor, within organizations both national and international.
Loretta’s experience incorporates consulting, organizational development, program evaluation and design, project management and education and training.
Some of her work consist of implementing initiatives that include: strategic diversity planning, organizational cultural audits, focus groups, audit recommendation planning, preparing Diversity Councils for their tasks ahead and working with Employee Resource Groups.
Loretta has worked with client groups in many sectors including: technology, automotive/manufacturing, hotel and food service, pharmaceutical, consumer products, health care, financial services, construction services and government agencies.
Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and, earned a Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI).
Melanie Miller, Senior Facilitator
Melanie is a highly accomplished and sought-after consultant and speaker offering organizations consulting and training services, keynotes, and design with a focus on optimizing organizational effectiveness. Having conducted hundreds of workshops and speaking engagements, Melanie consistently receives extraordinary reviews and outstanding evaluations.
Previously, Melanie served corporate America in a sales and advertising capacity. She uses her “business lens” to provide organizational development consulting, training, culture audits, speaking/keynoting and needs assessments throughout North America and internationally. Additionally, she has developed numerous programs incorporating the multi-facets of leading, managing and leveraging organizational strength through leadership and inclusion. Her professionalism, customer focus, quality, respect, and integrity are the values she uses to achieve stellar results.
Melanie’s engaging, high-energy, encouraging and interactive style allows for positive and effective results. By developing an integrated and strategic suite of solutions for diversity and inclusion, Melanie guides employees to achieve higher levels of engagement and organizations to exceed their business objectives. She has developed and led training and consulting services for all levels of national and international organizations of various size and industry sectors including education, government, and non-profits.
In addition to being certified in several national programs and consulting for leading companies, one example of Melanie’s commitment to excellence is her multi-year relationship with IBM, including being charter faculty for the implementation of their groundbreaking Minority Women in Leadership Institute. A featured speaker at the Harvard University Women’s Leadership Institute, Melanie has also been quoted by several leading industry publications and has been heard on TV, radio, and podcasts. She has provided keynotes for several organizations focusing on Inclusion, Unconscious Bias and Women in Leadership. Melanie has worked with many noteworthy companies including Coca-Cola, AT&T, Merck & Co., McKesson, Sodexo, Anheuser-Busch, CIGNA, Siemens Medical, Microsoft, Verizon, Citigroup, UPS, Capital One, Lockheed Martin, Amgen, PepsiCo, Novartis, NASA, Toyota, and ALCOA. Additionally, Melanie has worked in a leadership role with several associations: e.g., The Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute’s Chief Diversity Officer Forum, Linkage, and The Multicultural Forum. She is also on the senior faculty for The American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Academy, a community-based initiative. Furthermore, she partners with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Scott Page on inclusion research and consulting.
Armers Moncure, Senior Facilitator
In 1999, he began as a diversity practitioner at Allegis Group; the largest privately held staffing company in the U.S. Where, in addition to his prime duties of driving business growth, Armers took on the responsibility of developing and executing a strategic plan to recruit and retain more diverse talent, create more inclusive work environments, and participate in the development of the corporate mission statement for the company’s Diversity Council.
Today, his areas of speaking, consulting and training focus and expertise include Unconscious Bias, Cultural Competence, Employee Engagement, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills. Recently, Armers piloted new approaches to integrating best practices in Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Engagement.
Since 2010, Armers has trained over 75,000 Leaders, Managers, and Staff throughout the US, in 10 countries, and on three continents. His experience includes working with everyone from the Board of Directors, C-Suite members, and National and Multinational Leadership Teams to VPs, Directors, and staff, across 100 different companies in more than 30 different industries.
Some of his recent clients include: Visa, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Canada, Toyota, Nestle, Kellogg, Sirius XM, Bristol Meyers-Squibb, NASA, CIA, National Science Foundation, EMC, Chubb Insurance, Rockford Health System, Veterans Health Administration, Delaware State Troopers and John Hopkins University just to name a few.
A graduate of Jackson State University, Armers has extensive experience working in the Healthcare, Staffing, and Direct Sales industries in various capacities of training, business development, and management. Armers lives in Irving, TX, with his beautiful and extremely supportive wife, Kyle.
Jonamay (Joni) Lambert, Senior Facilitator
With over 25 years of experience, Jonamay has engaged with a broad range of industries from non-profit agencies in the Fortune 500, 100 and many of the Top 50 companies recognized by Diversity, Inc. Her mission is to ensure that every person has the opportunity to contribute fully and each feel valued because of the many possibilities and contributions that they bring.
Jonamay is known for designing an integrated enterprise-wide D&I strategy based on business objectives that drive outcomes. She and the Lambert Associates provides support through consulting, including the development of business case, design, and facilitation of D&I education and coaching. Jonamay is known for using a customized approach and attracting and retaining a world-class team of Associates which results in multi-year contracts with a broad spectrum of clients from financial, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, non-profits, and education. Some of her many previous and current clients include Allstate, CNA, State Farm, WellPoint, PNC, S&P, Sara Lee, Sears, Baxter, SourceAmerica, and University of Michigan to name a few.
Believing in the importance of understanding culture, assessment is another core strength. Jonamay has contributed to the D&I Assessment field by co-developing The School Diversity Inventory (2001) and Spectra Diversity and Inclusion Profile – 2016.
Joni is a pioneer in the design and facilitation of diversity education. She was awarded grants by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Humanities for the design and delivery of D&I education to audiences with special needs.
She is the author of Trainer’s Diversity Source Book, the series of 50 Diversity and Inclusion Activities and numerous other published works used by hundreds of domestic and global organizations. Jonamay is also editor and contributing author of, “Global Competence.” 50 training activities for succeeding in international business
Jonamay is recognized as a thought-leader in D&I and has partnered with other firms and organizations to create unique products and services. Working with Diversity Best Practices, Joni was the subject matter expert and lead instructional designer of Next Generation Diversity Competencies (NGDC) for Practitioners and ERG Leaders.
Ms. Lambert has been featured in Diversity Inc., quoted by the media, and has presented at national and international conferences. She is a faculty member of the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication and is certified administrator and coach of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Jonamay holds a BS in education an MA in Counseling Psychology and is a certified coach.
Enidio Magel, Senior Facilitator
Enidio is a business consultant. He delivers a wide range of leadership programs focusing on diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias, respect in the workplace and intercultural leadership.
His global reach includes four continents and countries such as Argentina, Bangkok, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. He has worked closely with major clients like Bank of New York Mellon, The National Basketball Association, Ernst & Young, Littler Mendelson P.C, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, LEGO, Shell Oil, Ford Motor Co., and UNICEF, among others.
Enidio is a published writer and a visiting faculty member of the Omega Institute. Some of his writing contributions include “Managing Differences at Work”, “Strength in Diversity” and “How well Managed Cultural Training Programs Can Turn Conflict into Profits”. His writing has been featured in Parenting, El Mundo, and The Austin American Statesman magazines and newspapers. Prior to the Multi-Cultural Institute, Enidio was part of the executive team that founded People Express Airlines.
Mr. Magel holds a cross-cultural Psychology degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology. Enidio is fluent in both Spanish and English and is a certified medical interpreter. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Examples of initiatives led by Mr. Magel and the Multi-Cultural Institute
- The design and facilitation of unconscious bias training for the National Basketball Association.
- The facilitation of gender equity dialogues for the United Nation’s UNICEF program in South East Asia.
- A successful agency roll out of sexual harassment and EEO education for 14 Police and Sheriff’s Departments in the State of Texas including the Austin Police Department, Galveston Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
- A comprehensive, skills-based, cross-cultural training program for a major international airline’s customer service division. Training focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to deliver effectively targeted service support to a multicultural client base.
- The design and facilitation of cultural competency training modules for healthcare professionals. In addition, the Multi-Cultural Institute has served as the internal consultant for the National Resource Center on Cultural Competency and the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Deborah Carter, Senior Facilitator
- More than 20 years of training experience in consulting, coaching and facilitating.
- A performance improvement practitioner, highly skilled and experienced in areas of training, organizational communication, training-trainers, team & leadership development.
- Proven ability to design, implement, and deliver training for building respectful, harassment-free workplaces through diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- Best practices consultant on collaborating to deliver effective, customized solutions for D&I and continuous improvement.
Independent Consultant and Trainer
Serving as Trainer, Process Consultant, Project Leader, Developer, Facilitator, Keynote Speaker and Coach for automotive, governmental, and healthcare industries.
Wayne County Commissioner, 7th District – Detroit, MI
Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI
Served as Instructor; Founding Director of Dental Hygiene Program; Academic Dean; Assistant to the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs.
Trainer and Train-the-Trainer: Is It or Isn’t It? Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
New Employee Orientation Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Employee Support Services Early Intervention Advocate Training
Cultural Competency: Diverse Thinking Styles
Beyond Bias – From Diversity to Inclusion
Consultant and Coach: Coordinated and Facilitated Local and National D&I Conferences
Certified more than 60 Facilitators for Diversity & Inclusion training
Developed and Implemented processes for enterprise-wide training
Provided Train-the-Trainer sessions to more than 500 participants
Course/Content Developer: Diversity and Inclusion: Because It Matters
(partial listing) Building a Respectful, Harassment-Free Workplace
Communication Skills for Highly Effective Leaders
Central Michigan University, M.S., Administration
University of Detroit, B.S., Education
Meharry Medical College, Dental Hygiene
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