About Us & Our Expertise

About Us and Our Expertise

Su Joun (she/her/hers) is the Principal of Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group LLC which works with organizations to diversify their workforce and create inclusive, equitable work environments through consultation and training.

She was the Vice President of Talent, Diversity, and Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) where she led the enterprise diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, performance management and leadership development, and associate engagement teams.  In addition to expertise in D&I and talent management, she has held leadership roles in IT & operations, marketing, sales, and call centers in various organizations and industries.

Su received her MBA from Suffolk University and her MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

She has taught Global Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, and CareerLaunch at Suffolk University and has presented to various audiences such as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, CFO Roundtable, UMASS Center for Collaborative Leadership, NEHRA, HubWeek, General Assembly, Skillsoft Conference, and the Boston Bar Association.

Zainub R. Ruane (she/her/hers) is a Senior Consultant with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group. She solidified her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) shortly after becoming a parent and experiencing the corporate world through the lens of a caregiver and woman of color. She has spent the last few years working to change perceptions and stereotypes in the workplace surrounding people in marginalized communities through her work with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group, where she advises and trains organizations on DEI daily.

Zainub has over a decade of experience working with and for Global Fortune 500 Companies such as Boston Scientific, Olympus America, and Chubb Corporation. She has developed and influenced product marketing on a regional and international level. The majority of her experience is in the medical device industry where she marketed surgical devices and systems. Zainub has played an active part in supporting the team and organizational culture throughout all of her roles.

She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Anthropology from Rutgers University. Most recently, Zainub completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from eCornell. She is currently completing a course on Gender Inclusion through the University of Pittsburgh.

Jen Coburn (she/her/hers) has been with Diversity@Workplace since 2019 and is a seasoned DEI Senior Consultant. She started her career at Oxfam and was there for seven years – five of which she spent as the Global Staffing Specialist. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for DEI work as she led efforts to increase the diversity in Oxfam’s talent pipeline and offices. She helped to build Oxfam’s diversity recruiting strategy and saw a marked increase in the level of diversity in the talent pipeline.

Jen was a founding member of both the Oxfam America and Oxfam International Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups. She helped to plan and organize Oxfam’s participation in the Boston Pride Parade for five years.

During her time at Oxfam, Jen frequently collaborated with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and has spoken at their events. She was awarded the MRC Distinguished Employer Award in 2017 and received a Certificate of Recognition from MCB in 2016.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional.

Before joining Oxfam, Jen taught English to Kindergartners in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Stella Okeke-Common (she/her/hers) is a Consultant with Diversity@Workplace who builds wellness into the foundation of building diverse and inclusive environments where everybody is seen and heard. She is passionate about fostering growth in people and the environment, seeing others not just survive, but thrive will always be the goal!

With over 13 years of transformative leadership experience – working with diverse college students across the globe – Stella is skilled in the areas of strategic planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, supervision, project management, conflict resolution, large-scale problem solving, and crisis management. Social justice is at the foundation of each expertise.

Stella’s philosophies include strategically planning through a critical lens in all areas of business. Incorporating inclusive data metrics and strong interpersonal skills to cross-functionally collaborate with others for optimum results. Research, Collaborate, Plan, Execute, Assess, Enhance, Repeat. Stella is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University and earned her Master’s and B.S at Iowa State University in Educational Leadership and Psychology. Stella recently completed a certificate from the Social Justice Training Institute.

Arturo Natella (he/him/el) is a Consultant with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group. Arturo discovered his passion for this work while working for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. At the MassCEC, he developed the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program and grew the program to a robust $1.5 million workforce development program. Arturo connected diverse students to good-paying clean energy internships throughout Massachusetts through the program.

Arturo went on to work in the Massachusetts Legislature for the Assistant Vice Chair of Ways and Means. He advised and advanced legislative priorities on workforce development, always focusing on BIPOC communities. Arturo later created Amaru, a diverse talent sourcing service aimed at promoting BIPOC in the workforce. Through Amaru, Arturo has supported enterprises to rethink their talent sourcing strategies while lowering barriers and increasing access to wealth-building employment opportunities for BIPOC.

Arturo is a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR) and has received Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University.

Sara Blackerby (she/her/hers) is the Operations Manager at Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group. Her passion for diversity and inclusion crystallized during her tenure at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. After many years of working with multiple BCBSMA community partners, she joined the Women@Blue employee resource group’s leadership team as the Community Lead. This opportunity allowed her to more directly support the company’s overall diversity and inclusion work through participation in community events, and coordination of volunteer opportunities with an emphasis on women and working parents.

Sara has nearly two decades of health insurance experience with roles in customer service, call center management, marketing, sales, and project management. She is a passionate communicator, relationship builder, and cross-functional collaborator. She is also a firm believer that no process is perfect and brings her operations expertise to bear in finding areas of opportunity for improvement and increased efficiency. Sara has been an active participant in supporting the team and organizational culture throughout all of her roles.

She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing from Western Governor’s University.

Marshall Joun (they/he/she) is a Social Media and Research Specialist with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group. Their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion stemmed from their experience as a professional actor and performer in the Greater Boston area.

Marshall has worked with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Student Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Penn State University’s School of Theatre. They have professional performance and recruitment/community outreach experience for many reputable theatre companies in the city of Boston.

Marshall received their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Penn State University.

Wendy Hernandez (she/her/hers) is Su Joun’s Executive Assistant. She supports special projects and calendar management. Wendy brings 10+ years of experience supporting high-profile executives in a variety of fields and industries including education, venture capital, technology, and non-profit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management and Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she attended on a Talented Minority Scholarship, and a Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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