Committed to Making a Difference
Diversity was our business long before it became a buzzword.
Cecilia Stanton Adams & Malissa Adams met as teenagers at the now well-known Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York. Even then, they were driven by a passion for bringing people together across differences. They founded Stanton Adams Consulting in 2010 to help organizations identify and address diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges.
Stanton Adams quickly gained a reputation for a high-quality diversity curriculum and interactive learning sessions with measurable outcomes. Despite the impact it had, they learned early on, that training was a part of a larger more systemic solution.
After years of research and practice in 2020, Cecilia and Malissa expanded to include The Diversity Institute – a brave space for diversity leaders and champions to come together, learn from industry experts, and have an authentic dialogue about the successes and challenges of the DEI industry.
Meet Our Founders
Cecilia Stanton Adams
Co-founder & Board Chair
Cecilia Stanton Adams MA is a sociologist and entrepreneur committed to creating 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. She is an award-winning trainer and was recognized for outstanding research on unconscious bias by the American Psychological Association.
Stanton Adams is a visionary leader with more than 15 years of experience as a strategic diversity expert. She is currently working with Diversity leaders and champions from educational institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations to develop and execute strategic diversity initiatives.
Co-founder & President
Malissa Adams MBA currently serves as the COO of Stanton Adams Consulting is a racial equity expert, and business consultant, with over 15 years of experience developing diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) strategies. She is most noted for her straightforward approach, and her ability to create brave spaces for difficult dialogue.
Adams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she was inspired to pursue a career in the nonprofit industry. Her passion for DEI work is driven by her commitment to social justice. She is currently working with leaders who are willing to experiment with innovative approaches for solving problems.