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Meet the Presenters

Patrice M. Palmer

(they/them/their pronouns)

Patrice calls both the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Detroit, Michigan home. Patrice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College. They are a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Baylor University where their work revolves around gender variance, workplace inclusion, intersectional leadership and social responsibility.

Their career centers equity, diversity and inclusion within higher education intentionally focusing on the concept of intersectional leadership within organizational structures. As an internationally recognized scholar, Patrice is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) of London. Patrice’s 2020 TEDx talk “Are you a Man or Woman…I’m BLACK” has been widely praised as an excellent cohesion of inclusionary social-cultural identity. They are the co-author of the 2019 ACPA (American College Personnel Association) highly celebrated book “Debunking the Myth of Job Fit in Higher Education and Student Affairs”, their co-authored chapter “Code Word Fit: Exploring the Systemic Exclusion of Professionals of Color in Predominately White Institutions” showcases their years of experience working in institutions of higher education as a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasculine person and the issues of race, gender inequity and exclusion that followed.

At Colorado State University, Patrice serves as the Director of Social and Cultural Inclusion in the College of Business as well as an adjunct faculty member in the College’s graduate program and executive leadership program. In 2019 Patrice joined New Belgium Brewing Company as their inaugural DEI subject-matter expert. That partnership marks the first U.S. craft beer position connected with an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business administrator role. Currently Patrice serves as the only DEI Specialist in the U.S. craft beer industry with this joint designation. Patrice was recognized in 2020 by Hop Culture Magazine as one of The Most Important Voices in Craft Beer for their contribution to inclusion within the industry. Patrice’s DEI workplace inclusion expertise has been featured on several panels and podcasts such as The One Club for Creativity’s “Diversity is the Bare Minimum—What’s Next?”, NAVEX Global, Inc. “Beyond the Moment: Creating Sustainable Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Programs”, The Chicago BREWseum’s Beer Culture Summit ‘Putting in the Work’, ChooseInclusion Podcast “Black Voices Matter” series and “The LGBTQ Movement: Translating Progress into Corporate Action” hosted by Cornerstone Capital Group; just to name a few.

Maureen Berkner Boyt

Founder

Maureen “Mo” Berkner Boyt is the Founder of The Moxie Exchange and Everyday Inclusion App. She’s spent over 25 years helping organizations grow by creating inclusive workplaces where talented people can thrive. She has leveraged the power of technology to build scalable, actionable, measurable inclusion tools, including the first-of-its-kind comprehensive diversity and inclusion app, Everyday Inclusion. Companies around the world are using Moxie’s inclusion technology to change employee’s daily behaviors and help create inclusive cultures.

Maureen holds a M.Ed. in Organizational Development from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist and is the author of the 5-book series Rock Your Moxie: Power Moves for Women Leading the Way. Her DisruptHR Talk, “Hack Your Biased Brain” is one of the most popular talks of the movement. She’s held leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies and has advised executive teams at organizations such as Arrow Electronics, USAA and Cisco on their diversity and inclusion strategies. 

Everyday Inclusion was named one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Products of 2020 and has been called, “the future of diversity and inclusion.” To schedule a demo or find out more about Moxie’s Bias Busting Toolkit, please visit themoxieexchange.com

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Chief Catalyst

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and The HR Shop, LLC – a human resources firm designed to support non-profits and small businesses. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history. She is also the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold that position in the 63+ year history of the agency. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and corporate organizations.

Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Lynn Shore

Professor, Partners for Excellence Fellowship

Prior to joining the faculty at Colorado State University, Lynn was on the faculty at San Diego State University, University of California, Irvine, and Georgia State University. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Toulouse, Dauphine University, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lynn’s research focuses on the employment relationship and work force diversity and inclusion. Her work has appeared in elite scholarly journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Lynn teaches human resource management, organizational behavior, and leadership.

Read this and more about Dr. Lynn Shore at the Colorado State University College of Business website.

Dr. Kyle Oldham

Trainer, Facilitator, and Educator

Dr. Kyle Oldham is a trainer, facilitator, and educator with more than 15 years of experience teaching, supervising, advising, event planning, leading and motivational speaking in student affairs and housing. Dr. Oldham works toward creating an inclusive community of learners, that critically reflective, problem solve, interpret and analyze personal strengths and skills to build capacity for equity, diversity and inclusion leaders in higher education. Kyle uses storytelling and elements of dialogue to engage participants in self-reflection and growth related to inclusion and equity.

Dr. Oldham currently serves as the Director of Workplace Inclusion & Talent Management for Housing & Dining Services at Colorado State University where he is responsible for providing educational opportunities for staff to find their voice, their inner passions and ability to lead, from an equity, diversity, inclusion and socially just perspective. He has also worked with the City of Fort Collins, Colorado developing trainings for being an ally in the workplace and implementing their respect campaign. Dr. Oldham also works as a consultant for a leadership and organizational development firm that specializes in integration of EDI into daily operations and inclusive management for non-profits, corporate organizations and Higher Education libraries. In addition, Kyle has trained students, professional staff and faculty at numerous universities and conferences on equity, diversity and inclusion, leadership, self-awareness, communicating across difference, organizational development and teambuilding.

Dr. Oldham obtained a Bachelors of Art in Speech Communications and a minor in Chemistry from Baldwin Wallace University, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University and his Ed.D. from UMass Amherst in Social Justice Education. Kyle believes that education and awareness are the tools we need most in an ever changing world, where we are challenged to be our best selves.

Joe Thurman

Chief Executive Officer

Joe is a passionate technologist and entrepreneur who has a single mission of having a positive impact on the world. With more than a decade of experience in the Colorado technology industry, Joe loves helping companies solve problems and succeed. Utilizing his experience in the technology, marketing and recruiting space, Joe founded the organization now known as Jobber Group in the summer of 2010.

Prior to becoming a founder, Joe worked for several Denver based consulting firms and focused on helping Startups to Fortune 100 companies solve complex problems related to technology and talent acquisition strategies. He is driven to help organizations grow and scale to meet their full potential through the use of technology and is a thought leader on the future of talent who is passionate about changing the way companies attract, retain and develop their employees.

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UB Ciminieri

Chief Marketing Officer

UB has a passion for helping people. He has a clear perspective of the good, bad and ugly of how companies are being built. Surviving workplace violence and his Latino background define that perspective. As such, he is an advocate for people safety and happiness. He thrives in helping people overcome internal obstacles to be better humans to themselves and others.

As an advocate, he helps companies attract, hire and develop more inclusive and diverse talent. He speaks about the future of work and building inclusive companies. He strives to help people understand their own biases so they can choose to be more curious and inclusive.

Most importantly he makes connections that maximize impact. After all, “Connections” is in his title. All people strive to make connections. Most struggle to make the right ones. Through listening, understanding and storytelling, UB can do just that.

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Brenda Snyder

President

Brenda Snyder is President of HRG Search, joining our practice over 14 years ago and rising through the ranks to her current role. She spent 20 plus years in various Human Resource leadership roles in Fortune 200 corporations such as Qwest Communications, Honeywell International, and Humana Corporation. Brenda has held key leadership roles of national and international scope in Strategic Planning, Executive Staffing, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Design & Quality.

Her success has been built on a foundation of deeply connected personal and professional relationships with both clients and candidates. With a degree in Business Administration from Regis University, she also leads our OD/OE consulting practice. Volunteer duties involve serving on the Board for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. She is a native of Colorado and enjoys spending her free time cooking and entertaining, traveling and playing backgammon with her husband.

Learn more about the Human Resources Group on their website.