• 2018 WIPS Seminar Series Presenters


    Cecilia Stanton Adams

    diversity and inclusion expert, Stanton Adams Consulting

    Cecilia AdamsCecilia Stanton Adams is a visionary leader with more than 15 years of experience as a strategic diversity expert. She is a sociologist and entrepreneur who is committed to combining adult education and business smarts to transform communities. Through her consulting work, she offers innovative approaches to strengthening leadership development and diversity efforts. She is most noted for her ability to foster paradigm shifts; change behavior; and empower individuals, teams, and communities. Cecilia completed her BA in psychology from Bloomfield College, MA in sociology at Lehigh University, and MA in industrial psychology. She was recognized for outstanding research on implicit bias by the American Psychological Association.


    COO racial equity expert, Stanton Adams Consulting

    Malissa-Stanton-AdamsMalissa Stanton Adams is a racial equity expert with a passion for coaching leaders. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she was inspired by her parents to pursue a career in the nonprofit industry. She currently serves as COO of Stanton Adams consulting and is also a case manager for Catholic Charities, where she helps homeless Minnesotans find a place to call home. Malissa is known for her ability to identify and address systemic barriers for underrepresented communities. Through coaching and training she has made a positive impact in the Twin Cities community. Malissa received her BA in business and is currently working on her MBA.

    Elise Chambers

    program director, Conflict Resolution Center

    Elise ChambersElise Chambers is the program director of the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC), an attorney, a qualified neutral under Minnesota Rule 114, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Elise is also trained in facilitated dialogue methods, including nonviolent communication and the art of hosting practices. She has over two decades of experience in nonprofit programming. At CRC, Elise has developed workshops and trainings in mediation, communication skills, brain science, youth mentoring, community leadership, and group facilitation processes. To help them achieve their goals, Elise designs and implements trainings and facilitated processes for nonprofit organizations, coalitions, government offices, and businesses to address communication issues, conflict, and the challenges inherent in change processes.