Dr. Florida E. Starks is a human resources leader with more than 20 years of combined experience in leadership, team development, and diversity and inclusion. She is passionate about championing workplace inclusion and creating environments where all people feel a sense of belonging. Florida is a certified DE&I leader on a mission to inspire awareness and action to change by leveraging her experience to help other become ambassadors of change. She is currently the SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Pearson where she leads a team in creating and delivering strategies that reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion in all operations. Florida has worked with highly recognised companies including Conagra Brands, Best Buy, and Verizon Communications where she was responsible for multiple roles including D&I to improve recruitment, retention, supplier diversity, marketing, and philanthropic efforts. Florida has shared her message of inclusion with organisations such as the Association for Talent Development, Belhaven University, Boys and Girls Club, and Junior Achievement to name a few. As a consultant, she has provided leadership coaching and inclusive strategy development for government organisations including the Department of Justice. She is equipped to share insights in the following areas: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development, Performance Assessment, Talent Acquisition, Learning and Development, and Change Management. Florida holds a degree in Human Resources Management from Lindenwood University, a master’s degree in Adult Education Management from Strayer University, a doctorate in Higher Ed Leadership from Capella University, and is a certified diversity and inclusion professional (CDP). Florida is a proud mom of two adult sons and resides in Chicago, IL.