Daniel Roberts, PhD
Dr. Roberts joined the U.S. Army in 1989 and served for 11 years with deployments to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Haiti, Macedonia, and Kosovo. In May of 2000, he left the Army to start a civilian career. After the tragic events on 9/11, he reentered the service in the Army Reserves as a Chaplain Assistant. While in the Reserves, he completed a bachelor’s degree in management and ethics from John Wesley College and a master degree in information systems from Strayer University.
Dr. Roberts returned to active duty in 2006, and is currently the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the chaplain section at the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC). As such, he oversees a variety of products and services from the chaplain directorate, including research on indigenous religions and cultures, advice and training on the subject of sexual assault prevention, pastoral counseling to unit soldiers, and doctrine development for both the U.S. and Canadian chaplaincies.
As a proud UOP alum, his dissertation, entitled "A Comprehensive Plan for Providing Chaplaincy Support to Wounded Female Soldiers: A Delphi Study,” integrated the needs of wounded female soldiers and the expertise of female chaplains to develop a cutting-edge model of support for women in the military. He continues to conduct research oriented towards the intersectionality of gender, race, culture, religion, and organizations. In the future, he hopes to use his dissertation data to assist the military in recruiting more female chaplains (female chaplains are vastly underrepresented) and conduct research related to women and newly available combat roles.
Jorge Mastrapa, PhD
Dr. Jorge Mastrapa is an expert researcher and practitioner in the fields of organizational culture, inclusion and diversity, and strategic business operations; and the developer of CALOMM™ the Culturally Aware Leadership, Organization, and Management Model. For over 25 years, he has helped multinational Fortune 500 and startup companies consistently increase employee productivity, customer satisfaction and profitability. During this time, he has worked with companies such as NCR, Tech Data, Cisco Systems, UPS, IBM, ATT, Flextronics and many others in the high technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain industries.
As a first generation Cuban immigrant to the United States, Dr. Mastrapa developed an interest in the study and application of the most modern leadership and management strategies to address the integration of immigrants into the business environment of their host country. These experiences motivated him to continue his studies and he graduate with a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on culture and diversity in the business environment. He is also a Hofstede’s institute certified cross-cultural and organizational culture lecturer and management consultant.
Currently Dr. Mastrapa is a managing partner at ICQ Consulting, a company focused on helping organizations improve their performance and employee engagement through the development and integration of culture and diversity into their organizational design, leadership principles, and management practices.
Marion Kelly is a co-founder and board member of the Diversity Leadership Alliance. The Diversity Leadership Alliance guides leaders in the transformation of culture to build inclusive community. He also serves as Director for the Office of Community Affairs at Mayo Clinic. In this role, Mr. Kelly provides leadership for the organizations’ efforts to build solid neighbor, civic and corporate relationships. “Community” in its broadest sense encompasses the entire Southwest region of the United States. In addition to providing leadership in Community Affairs, he is also responsible for institutionalizing “Diversity” as a corporate objective within the strategic plan of Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Kelly’s broad experiences are in both the education and political arena. His experiences include teaching elementary education, working in the United States Senate, Indiana University School of Medicine Administration and Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Mayo Medical School. Mr. Kelly was an appointee in the former Bush White House administration as Special Assistant for At Risk Youth Initiatives at the United States Department of Labor, and as the White House Liaison for the Labor Department.
Sheila Robinson, PhD
Dr. Sheila Robinson, is the Founder and Publisher of Diversity Woman magazine, a national publication that supports the leadership and executive development of women of all races, cultures and backgrounds. The publication has a distribution of 100,000 and is sold in Barnes and Nobles bookstores and on specialty newsstands nationwide. Dr. Robinson’s customer base includes global corporations that she works with to improve their talent management and workplace gender diversity initiatives through her publication, live events, online services, keynote speeches and professional development programs. She is also the author of “Lead by Example,” An Insiders Look At How to Successfully Lead in Corporate America and Entrepreneurship.”
Dr. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law from North Carolina Central University, a Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University and a Masters and Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Talent Management and Women’s Leadership.
Media appearances include radio, television and print on media outlets such as; Fox News, E! Entertainment, The Business Journal, California News, Women’s Wear Daily, The WS Chronicle and other online and print media outlets. Most recently she was filmed for induction into “The History Makers,” the nation's largest African American video oral history collection.