Diversity Collegium Emeritus member wins Winds of Change award

Published 3.7.16

Mary-Frances Winters, Diversity Collegium Emeritus member, has been named as the 2016 Winds of Change awardee in the individual category by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion. The individual award goes to a person who meets the qualifications of "changing lives, organizations and communities," and will be presented at the Forum’s annual conference, March 29-30, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As president and founder of The Winters Group, Mary-Frances is considered a thought leader in the field—she has had an impact on hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals with her thought provoking messages and her approach to diversity and inclusion. She is highly creative, collaborative, visionary and results oriented. She is known to be a "provocateur," provoking conversation and encouraging dialogue– she does not shy away from having tough conversations! She truly believes that diversity and inclusion work is her "passion and calling."

Mary-Frances works with organizations to help them develop their diversity and inclusion strateggies and culturally competent leaders. She often serves as a mentor and coach. She has written three books, has served on many nonprofit boards, provides multiple university scholarships to students wishing to study an aspect of diversity and inclusion and has been named a "Diversity Pioneer" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.

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The Forum initiated the Winds of Change award program in 2008 to recognize individuals or organizations who show exemplary insight and fortitude toward workplace diversity issues. Other awardees for 2016 include Ted Childs (formerly with IBM), also in the individual category; CAIR Minnesota (The Council on American – Islamic Relations, Minnesota) for the Organization category; and Dave Baker, for the Friend of the Forum category. Congratulations to all the awardees!