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Our Story

At Stanton Adams and The Diversity Institute, we understand that change is not always easy. Since 2010, we’ve been helping companies of all sizes respond to change in order to stay competitive. Our years of experience have taught us to always make your business success our priority. Our team of experts is ready to help you develop strategies for not only surviving, but thriving in the future. Give us a call today to set up your first consultation.

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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 across the globe identify and address diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges.

When Stanton Adams started, they focused on developing high-quality diversity curriculum. This power couple quickly gained a reputation for engaging, interactive learning sessions with actionable outcomes.

After years of helping organizations, Stanton Adams noticed that although the impact of their Training was measurable IT JUST WASN'T ENOUGH. Stanton Adams recognized early on that training alone did not get to the core of the systemic issues that lay at the foundation.

Having worked with public, private, nonprofit, and educational institutions over the past ten years. we have found that the most successful organizations hold employees, and leaders accountable to diversity.


After lots of research in 2015, Stanton Adams developed the Diversity Roadmap: A ten Step Framework. This ten-step process helps organizations develop sustainable diversity initiatives. 

​In 2020, Cecilia and Malissa expanded to include The Diversity Institute – a brave space for diversity champions to come together, learn from industry experts, and have an authentic dialogue about the successes and challenges of their industry.

Meet Our Founders

Cecilia Stanton Adams

Co-founder & Board Chair

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Cecilia is a sociologist and entrepreneur who is 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 has worked with educational institutions, non-profits, government agencies, and corporations in developing and executing strategic diversity initiatives.

Malissa Adams

Co-founder & President

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Malissa is a racial equity expert with a passion for coaching leaders. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she was inspired by her parents to pursue a career in the nonprofit industry. Through coaching and training, she has made a positive impact in the Twin Cities community. She is most noted for implementing collaborative, community-designed solutions for housing homeless Minnesotans.

​With over 15 years of experience in operations management and organizational development in the public and private sectors, Adams understands how to motivate others and act as an effective liaison between organizations and members of under-served communities.

Our Partners

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