With a keen awareness of intercultural dynamics in the workplace, Cindy-Ann L. Thomas adeptly navigates clients through multiple diversity and inclusion challenges and opportunities. She brings more than 15 years of experience and high-level credentials to her role as both a strategic process diversity consultant and an employment attorney.
Company executives in a broad spectrum of industries, including government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, higher education and professional services, look to her for diversity and inclusion services and counsel that emphasize talent development, engagement, productivity and retention.
Cindy-Ann’s unique qualifications as a knowledgeable employment attorney and skillful facilitator are applied in training that extends from the executive ranks to the shop floor. She engages with clients in order to understand what they need. Specifically, and before any initiative is implemented, she gains deep insights into the client’s workplace by conducting culture assessments.
These assessments may be as informal as in-depth conversations with organizational leaders or they may extend to the development and deployment of a comprehensive “culture scan” that captures the views of diversity and inclusion expressed by the client’s employees.
Licensed in Canada and the United States, Cindy-Ann possesses a multifaceted perspective on the design and implementation of meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives that are not only legally compliant but harness the potential of both stakeholders and individual contributors. She delivers her customized training programs to organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 companies to small, local businesses.
For her vibrant and engaging training sessions, Cindy-Ann taps the resources of Littler Learning Group and its vast video library of contemporary diversity and inclusion scenarios. The videos’ targeted vignettes depict real-life workday issues in a captivating and engaging way.
Cindy-Ann completed the requirements for designation as a Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training Subject Matter Expert, and she is also a Qualified Administrator for the prestigious Intercultural Development Inventory.
She is co-chair of Littler’s EEO & Diversity Practice Group and regularly speaks before professional associations, human resource groups, universities and industry trade groups throughout the country.
Prior to her legal career, she was a human resources executive at an international business development corporation, where she addressed many of the organizational issues facing the companies she now advises and trains.
- LL.B., University of Windsor Faculty of Law, 1996
- B.A., McGill University, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada
Professional & Community Affiliations :
- Member, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- Member, Multicultural Corporate Compliance Association (MCCA)
- Member, National Public Employment and Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) Speaker’s Bureau
- Member, National Diversity Council (NDC)
- Member, Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)
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