President and FounderCompany: The Winters Group, Inc.
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Bold Conversation: Where Do We Draw The Line? Navigating the Boundaries of Inclusion (Morning) (Bold Conversation)
Mary-Frances Winters, founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a 34-year-old global organization development and diversity and inclusion consulting firm, 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. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organizational change.
Among her many awards and distinctions, Mary-Frances 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. She was also featured in Forbes June 2016 publication, which honored some of the D.C. metro area’s most powerful women. She has served as a torch bearer for the Olympics and has previously been recognized as an Athena Award winner from the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to women and the community.
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 also authored a chapter in the book, “Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion” (2013) and numerous articles.
She is a graduate of the University of Rochester with undergraduate degrees in English and psychology, and a master’s degree in business administration from the William E. Simon Executive Development Program. She received an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College.