2019 Annual Conference Speaker – Cheryl Cofield

Cheryl D. Cofield is the director of inclusion and engagement at The Georgia Institute of Technology where she serves as chief dialogue officer, curator of transformative narratives and storytelling integration, dean of faculty for the Inclusive Leaders’ Academy, and chair of the Employee Resource Group Leadership Council. She is also a corporate leadership trainer, executive coach, dialogue facilitator, and Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator who is gifted at creating and holding safe spaces, and navigating sensitive dialogue with breathtaking warmth and compassion.

Cheryl has managed complex employment compliance and human resources portfolios for Fortune 50 corporations (including Walmart Stores Global Home Office and Tyson Foods Corporate World Headquarters), and served as employment counsel for a myriad of local and national governmental entities. With over 25 years of experience, her work has been featured in publications such as Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Academic Leader, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The Higher Education Workplace Magazine. Cheryl has served on advisory boards and director circles for the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the College & University Professional Association, The Moth, and the Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group. Most recently, Cheryl was tapped to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for The National Storytelling Network, the nation’s leading storytelling conglomerate.

Cheryl is the President and CEO of Culture of Civility International, LLC, a small, boutique consulting firm that has served clients such as Harvard University, The Federal Reserve Bank, Barclays, The Naval Post Graduate School, Phillips Exeter Academy, The Department of Homeland Security & Defense, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Southern Company, and Alcoa Corporation. She enjoys storytelling, story listening, performing magic, fencing, and producing storytelling concerts.