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Keisha Jones

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Keisha Jones is a visionary leader in the fields of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and Leadership strategy. Her unwavering passion lies in witnessing organizations thrive and reach their full potential. With roles encompassing leader, curator, consultant, instructor, and facilitator, Keisha empowers organizations to strategically integrate DEIB, sparking lasting and purposeful transformation.

Keisha is a seasoned professional with a rich and diverse background spanning 20 years, encompassing higher education, business and industry, leadership development, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) efforts. Her multifaceted career has allowed her to make significant contributions in various leadership roles within higher education while also making a substantial impact in the business and industry sectors.

With a strong foundation in higher education, Keisha has held key leadership positions in esteemed institutions, leveraging her expertise to drive student success and create inclusive campus environments. Her journey in higher education encompasses positions at both four-year universities, including NC A&T State University and Georgia State University, as well as at two-year community colleges such as Guilford Technical Community College and Davidson-Davie Community College. Presently, she holds the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Davidson-Davie Community College. In addition, she dedicates her efforts to the NC Community College System as the Director of Equity at the NC Student Success Center, supporting all 58 community colleges in North Carolina with their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives.

Keisha's influence extends beyond academia into the dynamic realm of business and industry. Drawing on her wealth of experience, she has actively collaborated with various industries, bringing her unique insights to the corporate landscape. Her ability to navigate diverse sectors reflects her adaptability and commitment to bridging the gap between academia and the professional world. In her extensive career, Keisha has not only served in leadership roles but has also made impactful contributions as a board member and chair within several organizations. Her strategic vision and dedication to fostering positive change have positioned her as a key influencer in the organizations she has been a part of.

At the heart of Keisha's professional journey is her commitment to leadership development and DEIB efforts. Her passion for creating inclusive and equitable spaces is evident in her roles, notably serving the various roles she has held.

Keisha's leadership in these areas reflects her dedication to driving positive change and cultivating environments where everyone can thrive. Leveraging her diverse industry background, Keisha possesses the insight needed to comprehend and cater to the multifaceted demands of organizations, addressing a broad spectrum of needs.

Keisha is also the owner of By Design Consulting, LLC a boutique consulting firm that assists organizations with their leadership and DEIB efforts. She recently established The Authentic Life, Inc., the nonprofit arm of By Design Consulting, LLC, with a profound vision aimed at inspiring and empowering women, particularly women of color. This initiative is rooted in the belief that embracing and affirming one's authentic self in every facet of life is not only acceptable but crucial. The Authentic Life, Inc. is dedicated to creating spaces where women can celebrate their identities without reservation or compromise. “Remember, the most authentic version of you is the best one.”

Beyond her impressive professional achievements, Keisha is a native of Greensboro, NC, and a proud alumna of NC A&T State University. Her commitment to making a lasting impact in both academic and professional spheres continues to be a driving force in her multifaceted career.