Gwen Crider

Senior Consultant

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Gwen is a leader in the diversity and inclusion field with over 20 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is a coalition-builder, skilled at helping clients to establish and sustain diverse workplaces and relationships, as well as multicultural collaborations. Gwen specializes in designing and delivering innovative, strategic, and transformative interventions that build engagement and optimize organizational performance at all levels; training in the areas of cultural competency, EEO laws, building a respectful and inclusive workplace culture, personal and social identity, dynamics of power and privilege, implicit bias and micro-messages, and other areas; and strategic planning for diverse workplaces and other strategy-related initiatives.

Formerly, Gwen served as Executive Director of Diversity Best Practices where she provided strategic direction for the delivery of services and resources, including research to identify best and emerging practices, educational programs and publications to advance diversity and inclusion.  She also served as Executive Director of the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) where, in addition to her leadership responsibilities, she planned and executed customized diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs.  Gwen is also a former Adjunct Professor at George Mason University where she taught Diversity in Organizations in the School of Management.

Gwen became actively engaged in strategic planning, leadership development and diversity, equity and inclusion work while holding senior level positions in the museum field including Executive Director of the Austin Children’s Museum, Executive Director of the Science and Technology Center of Atlanta and Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum.   She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University.