Introducing our Diversity Inclusion Experts
Our Executive Team works closely with our Enterprise Partners and our Change Partner Facilitators
Chris Jones, Founding Partner
Chris has been involved in D&I work as an instructional designer and in other roles for the past 10 years. She is also a producer and writer of all forms of media — from instructional design and blogs to SEO website copy and documentary films shown on PBS and other venues. Her writing has appeared in trade journals, white papers, 150+ websites and on the silver screen at film festivals. She was elected as the International President of the International Television Association — a 9,000-member professional organization. She is a self-described nerd and social justice warrior. Her hobbies include international travel, singing in choir, biking (pedal – not vroom) and book club. Her personal goal is always to be the best ally possible.
Beginning with Viet Nam War protests and continuing through protesting the most recent War in Iraq, I’ve always tried to “show up” when an issue is important. The sign I carried to the Women’s March in January of 2017 carried the hashtags #Equal Pay for Women #Black Lives Matter #Choice Matters #Gun Safety Matters #Voting Rights Matter #LGBTQ Rights Matter #The Environment Matters
Maria Verven, Vice President of Marketing
Maria Verven is a strategic, accredited marketing professional with more than 35 years’ experience in helping a wide variety of companies expand their reach, build solid reputations and meet their revenue goals. Maria was V.P. of marketing for a technology company before starting VERVE Communications, Inc. in 2008. She has also been a V.P. in the international P.R. firm Fleishman-Hillard and a V.P. at Piper Jaffray, where she managed eight P.R. agencies from N.Y.C. to San Francisco.
Verven served on the board of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), was accredited by PRSA and taught P.R. at the University of Minnesota for 10 years. Active in her community, she is currently a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in music from Vassar College and is also a singer-songwriter who performs and records her original songs.
As one of the first Airbnb hosts, I hosted 75 people from 11 countries in my home in Minnesota. I was so profoundly moved by the experience of getting to know people of a wide variety of nationalities that I wrote a song, The World Has Arrived At My Door. “With common respect, our lives intersect; we find all the ways we connect. The world can be yours; just open your doors.”
We believe…in the power of data to inform and create inclusive work cultures.
We deliver…the Spectra Assessment: the only dual validated diversity and inclusion assessment.
We empower…internal and external Diversity and Inclusion professionals.