Tolonda M. Tolbert, Ph.D., joined Catalyst in May 2012 as part of Catalyst’s Global Member Services team. As a strategy expert, Dr. Tolbert partners with companies to develop customized solutions to advance inclusion and meet their organizational goals. She specializes in training and professional development, cultural competency, sponsorship, ERG’s, visible minorities and LGBTQ issues. Dr. Tolbert also serves internally as a learning and development specialist as the Director of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative.
Previously, Dr. Tolbert worked as an independent D&I consultant for education and non-profit institutions, as the founder of Diversity Speaks NYC. As a national trainer for the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), she gained twelve years of anti-bias education experience developing curriculum, delivering and coordinating programming. Dr. Tolbert was an adjunct professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, and currently teaches professional development classes for faculty on Facilitating Challenging Discussions on Race and Racism. She also maintains an active role on the Anti-Defamation League’s Education Board. Dr. Tolbert received her PhD at Rutgers University, where she also received her Master’s with distinction in Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies. Dr. Tolbert is a published writer and independent scholar on social justice issues.