Cheryl D. Cofield is a corporate leadership trainer, dialogue facilitator, executive coach, Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator, and leading voice in modern diversity and inclusion. She mixes a deep reservoir of professional expertise with brilliantly complex soft-skills to assist C-suite executives with increasing authenticity, building courage, mitigating bias, and evoking powerful transformation. Cheryl is a master storyteller who creates holds safe space for courageous conversation and sensitive dialogue.
With over 25 years of experience, Cheryl has managed complex human capital portfolios for Fortune 50 corporations, and served as employment counsel for a myriad of local and national governmental entities. She currently is the director of culture, inclusion and engagement at The Georgia Institute of Technology where she serves as the chief dialogue officer, curator of transformative narratives and storytelling integration, dean of faculty for the Inclusive Leaders’ Academy, and chair of the Employee Resource Group Leadership Council.
Cheryl’s award-winning programs have been recognized in publications such as Psychology Today, Profiles in Diversity Journal, The Academic Leader, The Wall Street Journal, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and The Higher Education Workplace Magazine. She has served on advisory boards for the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the College & University Professional Association, the Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group, The National Storytelling Network’s Healing Story Alliance, and The Moth Director’s Circle.
Cheryl is the CEO of Culture of Civility International. LLC, a boutique D&I consulting firm and Story Masters International, a storytelling agency focused on the crafting, enhancing, and preservation of social justice, identity, and healing stories. She has served a host of prominent local Atlanta clients, as well as national clients such as Harvard University, The March of Dimes, The Naval Academy, Barclays, The Department of Homeland Defense & Security, Phillips Exeter Academy, WellPath Healthcare, Federal Reserve Bank, The Department of Housing & Urban Development, and JPMorgan Chase.. Cheryl enjoys fencing, performing magic, facilitating race dialogue, and producing storytelling concerts. She is the proud mother of Zoe Ariana, a senior bio-chemistry major, and senior representative to the Board of Trustees, at Brandeis University.