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Expert Small Group Facilitator | EdD | VP of J.E.D.I Collaborative
Cynthia Billops is an inspired, “human-first” champion of people, projects and organizations with a goal of implementing systems and practices that use diversity, belonging and inclusion as catalysts to ensure sustainable, socially responsible, profitable growth.
She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Mills College; is an enthusiastic believer in proactive risk-identification and mitigation using Powerful Non-Defensive Communication and has spent the last few decades guiding groups as they define, ramp-up on and launch complex IT, Web/SaaS and "Culture Shift" initiatives - resulting in:
- structurally efficient
- opportunity enhancing
- revenue generating
Projects and Programming that support, engage and "level up" all individuals while also, positively, contributing to organizational capacity, resilience and financial stability.
Throughout her career, Cynthia has guided executive leaders through periods of great change, accelerating growth and expansion within the constraints of broader economic and environmental challenges. She has experience as Founder, Executive Director, Executive coach, and Board trustee; for start-ups, nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Her unique understanding of the challenges (and opportunities) faced by developing organizations combined with her determination to ensure open doors and “on-ramps to opportunity” for persons living in and coming from systemically marginalized communities; help her collaboratively create systems and processes that lead to sustainable growth, better staff retention and higher profits due to optimization and efficiency gains.
JAMES D. WHITE
Former Jamba Juice CEO, Founding Cohort Leader, Author of Anti-Racist Leadership
James D. White is a transformational leader with over thirty years' experience as a CEO and operating executive in the consumer products, retail, and restaurant industries, as well as an experienced corporate director and adviser with twenty years of experience on more than fifteen public and private boards.
White currently chairs the board of the Honest Company and is Executive Chair of the startup Air Protein, in addition to several other boards.
As Chair, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice, he led the successful turnaround and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global healthy-lifestyle brand.
In his recently published book, Anti-Racist Leadership: Transforming Corporate Culture in a Race Conscious World, James gives leaders a practical solution to achieving their diversity and inclusion goals, sharing actionable guidance and “how-to” advice.