Stella Okeke-Common

Headshot of Stella Okeke-Common. African-American woman in a patterned blouse.Stella Okeke-Common (she/her/hers) is a Senior Consultant with Diversity@Workplace who believes that wellness is always at the foundation of building diverse and inclusive environments where everybody is seen and heard.

She has over 16 years of transformative leadership experience working with diverse youth and professionals across the globe, skilled in the areas of strategic planning, facilitated discussions, cultural competence and capital, learning and development, identity-conscious mentorship, project management, conflict resolution, large-scale problem solving, and crisis management.

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, REST. Repeat.

She is very passionate about wellness in the workplace. After ‘All Things 2020’, she believes that we have an opportunity to reimagine what work and the workplace look like so let’s take this opportunity to do so through the lens of equity, inclusion, and wellness. Let’s Reset! She’s also passionate about seeing growth in people and their environment, building a career on seeing others not just survive, but thrive will always be the goal!

Stella is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University- River Forest.

A Little About Me…

Who or what inspires you to do your best work?

The women in my family inspire me on a daily basis! Growing up in an immigrant household, I stand on the shoulders of generational bravery, resilience and tenacity of women who overcame hurdles while embracing all the joy that life has to offer.

What do you like to do during your free time? 

Connecting with people gives me energy. Connecting with loved ones brings me joy! I am an avid indoor plant mom, slowly venturing to outside gardening. Avid Peloton fan…favorite instructors/coaches are Alex T., Tunde, Kristen, Cliff and, Chelsea, Hannah F. Above all else, I absolutely love & cherish being a mom!

What type of food could you eat every day?

Seafood is Life!

Our Team

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Aleksandra Bookman

Gwendolyn McCoy

Marshall Joun

Sara Blackerby

Su Joun

Zainub R. Ruane