President and FounderCompany: The Winters Group, Inc.
Role: Session Presenter Sessions: Bold, Inclusive Conversations ACTualized: Leveraging Diversity Theatre for Dialogue (SEM-I) | Ain’t I A Woman? Exploring the Role of Intersectionality in Actualizing Gender Equity (S2-L)
Mary-Frances Winters, president and founder of The Winters Group, Inc., a 33-year-old organization development and diversity and inclusion consulting firm with an emphasis on ethnic and multicultural issues, truly believes that diversity and inclusion work is her “passion and calling.” Dubbed a thought leader in the field, for the past three decades she has impacted more than hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals with her thought-provoking message, and her approach to diversity and inclusion. Mary-Frances is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Clients have described her as highly creative, collaborative, visionary and results oriented; she is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader. Among her many awards and distinctions, she was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal in August 2007, and most recently received the Winds of Change award from The Forum on Workplace Inclusion in 2016. Mary-Frances is the author of four books: We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (2017); Only Wet Babies Like Change: Workplace Wisdom for Baby Boomers; Inclusion Starts With “I”; and CEOs Who Get It—Diversity Leadership From the Heart and Soul. She has also authored a chapter in the book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (2013), and numerous articles.