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DJA Founder and Principal 

For over 20 years, DeEtta Jones has guided people and organizations through the process of fundamental transformation. She has been a leading voice in shaping contemporary thinking and practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to personal transformation, workplace culture, diversity and inclusion. Her years of experience as a management consultant, diversity and inclusion educator, organization development and training professional have led to her being one of the most sought after speakers and consultants in her field.

DeEtta has been called upon to speak to audiences around the world on topics including diversity, equity and social justice; increasing employee engagement; fostering an environment that nurtures creativity and innovation; and transforming workplace culture.

She brings a holistic approach to her work that stems from her belief that there is wisdom in many fields and breakthroughs live at the intersection.

Before launching DeEtta Jones and Associates in 2005, serve for 10 years as Director of Diversity and then Director of the Office of Leadership and Management Services at the Association of Research Libraries, an international not-for-profit representing the largest research institutions in North America. In these roles DeEtta was called upon as a thought-leader to set direction for the design and oversight of more than 9 international leadership programs, as well as a suite of professional development services including training and organization development. Prior to this, she was Director of Multicultural Education at Colorado State University and Director of Human Rights Advocacy and Education for the City of Fort Collins.

DeEtta has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership and diversity, at Colorado State University and University of Maryland, College Park. She is a certified administrator of the Center for Creative Leadership’s suite of assessment tools, the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, as well as a host of other validated and heavily used instruments in the leadership development arena.

DeEtta has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL, with her husband and their children.

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