Ezell Marrs, III
Ezell in a National Workforce Solutions Advisor with the University of Phoenix. In that role, he is responsible for corporate development and building strategic alliances with major corporations across all industries. Prior to University of Phoenix Ezell served in Corporate Human Resources with progressive leadership responsibility for Allstate Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance companies. In addition to the Diversity roundtable, Ezell serves on the board of the Indianapolis Uplift Foundation and is a Director for TRG Talent Solutions providing Human Resources talent acquisition and consulting services In addition to his SPHR designation,
Ezell earned his BS in Management from Ball State University and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of Indy SHRM
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A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Toni spent her first 15 years with a statewide spirits and wine wholesaler in Indiana. She began her career as a sales trainee and in 5 short years, earned her place as the General Sales Manager for the Northern third of the state. In fact, Toni was the first female General Sales Manager in the company’s history. Three years later, Toni was promoted again and became the company’s first female Marketing Brand Manager.
As Toni grew, so too did her passion for coaching and training. Between the years 2002 – 2011 Toni achieved the following training/facilitating certifications: Statewide Sales Trainer, Paradigm Discovery Coach and Facilitator (leadership and coaching curriculum), Team Building Facilitator (low and high ropes), Diversity & Inclusion Trainer- delivered training at the following organizations: Eli Lilly, WellPoint, Heinz, Progressive Insurance, The Christ Hospital, Darden Restaurants, and many more.
Toni also launched an Intern Program for entrepreneur and inventor, Scott Jones. The success of the Intern Program led to a personal appearance on Inside Indiana Business.
Toni’s love of sales coupled with her passion for learning and development are what led her to her current role as Director of Membership Relations at the Indy Chamber. In addition to those responsibilities, she serves as a Board Member for the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana and is a member of SHRM’s Diversity Sub Committee. Since 2005, she has volunteered for an organization called, “Feed Everyone,” and has volunteered in the past for Hospice, the YMCA and for a variety of walks and runs to support research and cures for various diseases. Toni resides in Carmel with her partner, Chris, daughters Gracie and Avery, and Labradoodles, Olive and Frankie.
What Diversity & Inclusion mean to me:
Diversity is the acknowledgement of ALL human differences. Inclusion calls forth action. Inclusion requires that we choose behaviors that help others feel valued and respected. It is imperative that all of us become skilled at leveraging differences rather than judging them and making assumptions like, “not the right fit” or “not a team player.” We must make the time to better understand each others’ unique qualities and skill sets as these are what impact the bottom line. To be a global competitor in today’s business world, an organization must master the power of leveraging differences; indeed the strengths of its human capital.
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Tina Jaynes is the CEO and Founder of Jaynes Consulting, LLC. Her company works with individuals, teams, and organizations to successful reach their desired growth regarding career advancement, business growth, team engagement, and organizational development needs. This includes providing strategic growth consulting to customize the growth journey, skill building training to improve self leadership and culture building, and implementation coaching to maximize performance while reducing learning curves.
Tina's experience in both Corporate America and as an entrepreneur over the past 20 years allows her to connect with many of her clients in a unique way as she has walked in their shoes in many cases. Regarding education, she received a Bachelors and Executive MBA from Purdue University along with several certifications in project management, culture building, development assessments, and coaching. Personally, she has been married to Dale Jaynes for the past 5 years and is proud of her faith walk with the Lord.
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Robin Smith is Manager of Learning and Development with Duke Realty Corporation.
In this role, she supports the training initiatives for all 16 of Duke Realty's
sites throughout the US. She also plays an active role in the Duke Realty's
Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including a close partnership with the
Diversity Council, as well as serving as an advisor with the Indy LDAP team.
Prior to Duke Realty, Robin was with OneAmerica Financial Partners and Brylane
LP. She served in a Training and Development capacity with each, bringing her
professional experience in this area to 20+ years.
Robin is involved in her community, and also serves on the education board of
CIASTD. She has served on the board for HOPE Academy, a private school, and a
member of the Vision team at Shelby St Lighthouse. She serves in a coaching and
advisory capacity with Family Life Assembly's leadership team, the church that
she currently attends.
Mother Teresa said: "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and
happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." Robin hopes to practice this
kindness to further the Diversity and Inclusion message.
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Proven and adaptable business executive with demonstrated effectiveness in Business Development, Consultative Sales and practical experience in Operations/Senior Management. Self-starter with excellent communications skills and the ability to build and lead highly performing teams. Jack is an active member of the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana, sits on the board of directors.
He is also a member of Indy-SHRM and volunteers as a member of the Diversity Committee. As an active member of TEC/Vistage alumni, Jack is well versed and has dealt with the opportunities and challenges presented to those in the C-Suite.
He is a past member of the Indianapolis chapter - Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and served on the board of directors.
DRTCI is the perfect platform to both learn and teach. Workforce diversity is not just a moral imperative or societal goal; rather, it should be viewed as a competitive advantage and a business opportunity. Diversity is a business priority for companies that strive to achieve a fully inclusive and culturally competent workforce
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Deb McCloud is Vice President and Controller with United Student Aid Funds, Inc. She has been with USA Funds for 21 years and is currently in charge of the Accounting and Treasury functions for the nation’s largest guarantor of student loans. Deb became involved with the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana in 1999, while also serving on the first Diversity Improvement Team at work. Deb has served as Treasurer off and on during her tenure with the Roundtable and has provided all bookkeeping and tax reporting services to the Roundtable on a volunteer basis since 2000. Deb has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Indiana University and she is also a CPA. Deb serves as the Chair of the Board for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc. which was created January 1, 2007 as a result of the merger of 5 Girl Scout councils in central Indiana. Deb also served as co-chair of the realignment committee responsible for completing the merger and had served previously for 4 years as the Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of Hoosier Capital Council, Inc. Deb has also served on the Board and Finance Committee for the Lawrence Township School Foundation and does volunteer work with the women’s group at Castleton United Methodist Church.
Diversity Quote to Remember – “My management philosophy and various volunteer efforts all stem from my strong desire to help each and every individual. I’d also try to find the special gifts, talents and abilities each unique individual has been given then to help that individual be able to live to their full potential, enjoying all the blessings available to them.”
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Jeff is Senior Vice President of Maintenance Operations at Duke Realty, where he began his career in 1983 as a maintenance technician and has climbed to various leadership roles within the company. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that all of Duke's properties are properly maintained and in top operating condition. Jeff oversees all maintenance operations for the company, and works closely with Duke's acquisitions group and property management team. Jeff is a member of International Facility Management Association.
Jeff brings insight gathered from 30 years of experience managing hundreds of skilled trade workers from various backgrounds at a local company that has a well-established diversity initiative. As a leader and manager Jeff has witnessed the positive impact that diversity brings to employees, customers, vendors and community.
In addition, Jeff is a long time member of Pendleton United Methodist Church.
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With a demonstrated history of working in the clinical engineering, pharmaceutical and health care industry, Stephanie Morgan is an HR Specialist at TRIMEDX. In this role, she focuses on Talent Acquisition sourcing needs including recruiting, pipelining and attending industry conferences to seek out top talent. In addition to her sourcing responsibilities, she solely maintains all TRIMEDX social channels, monitoring the overall strategy and tactical implementation of the employer brand on social channels. Paired with her role as marketing lead of Charis, a community service outreach committee serving partners in the central Indiana area, and her management of social media events and assistance in the planning of multiple other events at TRIMEDX she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to DRTCI.
Along with her professional expertise Stephanie also brings a passion and personal conviction to the position. After a focused study of Sociology at Marian University in Indianapolis, she strives to bring awareness to how societal opportunities and disadvantages relate to diversity and success attainment. “A diverse workplace fosters more success for everyone across the board, and there is still a lot of work to be done towards that across industries. A lot of that begins simply with understanding and openness. Educational forums are a pathway to equality and understanding, and DRTCI is a vehicle for that change in the Indianapolis community.”
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Britt S. Griffin has over 30 years' experience in Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion, providing leadership in the areas of talent acquisition, employee relations, talent management, talent and organizational development, diversity and inclusion and strategic planning. Britt has led diversity initiatives and Human Resources functions throughout his career at organizations such Home Point Financial, IU Health, Veolia North America, Anthem, Finish Line, Kelly Staffing Services and currently Stanley Security.
Currently Britt is the Sr. Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Development for Stanley Security, where he leads the Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Development, and Talent Acquisition functions.
Britt has served on several boards including Big Brothers & Big Sisters, IndySHRM Diversity Committee, United Way Diversity Committee and Kid’s Voice.
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