Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and leading scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and women’s empowerment. Her custom instructional design and training facilitation for Inclusive Leaders Group focuses on Race, Race Equity and Racism, as well as Gender Equity and Women in Leadership. Recently, JeffriAnne has developed initiatives focusing on Equity for Working Mothers and Fathers, an objective increasing in importance during the pandemic.
As a consultant she is the confidante to C-Suite executives and early career professionals alike. As a course designer she creates practical tools to build competencies and leadership effectiveness as well as transformative strategies for making sustainable organizational change. She brings evidence-based rigor and knowledge of best contemporary best practices to her clients.
As a diversity and inclusion expert, Dr. Wilder is frequently called upon by television, radio and print media for her perspective and commentary on a broad range of social, political and cultural issues, from hip-hop to racial profiling to higher education. Dr. Wilder is highly passionate about connecting sociology to the everyday issues occurring within our society, especially issues that impact women, girls and communities of color.
Dr. Wilder is recognized as a pioneer, thought leader and subject matter expert on diversity, equity, access and inclusion. Since July 2020 she also serves as Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Shaker Heights Schools District in, Shaker Heights, Ohio. She joined the District from the University of Colorado’s National Center for Women and Information Technology, where she conducted research and identified relevant gaps in research related to underrepresented groups in K-12 computing and technology. Additionally, she partnered with school districts and other organizations across the country and developed a variety of resources, including educational materials and toolkits centered on equity, access, inclusion and the participation of women and girls
As an advocate for social justice, Dr. Wilder is the recipient of several research, teaching and leadership awards, and her work has been published in an array of academic journals and publications. From 2008-2018, Dr. Wilder served on the faculty at the University of North Florida as a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.
Dr. Wilder has also served as a Senior Research Scientist & Director of Resources for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT is the only national non-profit focused on women’s participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence and action.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, Dr. Wilder also completed a Ph.D. concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Dr. Wilder completed her M.A. in Sociology from Cleveland State University, and a B.A. from Allegheny College.