Meet the TEAM
Nikki Pardo is the founder of Global Alliance Solutions, a consulting company that offers simulation-based customized diversity training for corporations, non-profit agencies, school districts, and law enforcement agencies. She also is co-founder of The Pack, a community-based project that hosts conversations linked to inclusion, equity and community throughout Detroit. Nikki has been featured in several publications, received Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Business Leader Award for 2017, facilitates trainings across the country, and is a trusted consultant on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit bias.
Nikki was appointed to the FBI-Detroit Division – Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, and is a graduate of the FBI Detroit Citizens Academy. She was also appointed to the Princeton University Prize in Race Relations – Detroit Committee, is a graduate of the New Detroit-The Coalition’s Multicultural Leadership Fellowship, and a graduate of national Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) Fellowship. She has served on numerous boards, and currently serves on Birmingham’s Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Board, and the Board of the Hispanic Police Officer Association – Detroit Chapter.
Nikki is an avid researcher and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management/Leadership, a Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in International Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator, a member of the National Career Development Association, the National Diversity Council, and a Michigan-certified mediator. Nikki is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America – Oakland County Chapter.
Belinda M. Cunningham
Belinda M. Cunningham has more than twenty years of progressive broad based Human Resources experience, specializing in the areas of training and development, Employment Relations & Diversity, Staff Coaching & Mentoring, HR Policy, Process & System Designs, Workforce Planning & Development and Employee Performance Improvement.
Belinda is known as a proficient written and oral communicator, strong relationship builder and an expert in the areas of Strategic and Tactical HR strategies.
As a servant leader with a passion for supporting all levels within the organization, Belinda leads with a strategic and innovative approach which translates the business vision into HR initiatives that improve performance, profitability, growth and employee engagement. As an empowering leader, she supports top executives with a unique perspective and appreciates that human capital is every organization’s greatest asset.
Belinda helps to drive diversity and cross-cultural inclusion through recruiting efforts and programs. Serving as the ethical and social conscience of the business she helps ensure the company culture and core values are adhered to.
Belinda obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management from Central Michigan University and is a candidate for graduation from Wayne State University with a Masters of Labor Relations. She is involved in numerous volunteer activities, most of which provide services to high risk and disadvantaged youth.
DR. LLOYD CREWS
Dr. Crews holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Wayne State University. He has worked in the field of higher education for more than 15 years, beginning at Wayne State University followed by a position at Oakland Community College (OCC) where he has served as Dean of the Royal Oak and Southfield Campuses for the past 12 years. In August of 2014, he took on a new role as a tenured professor of Political Science at OCC to more fully pursue his role as a public servant.
Long interested in matters of diversity and inclusion, Dr. Crews has been actively involved in these efforts. Most notably, he coordinated the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation at OCC in addition to creating SAFE Zones on campus for LGBT students. As past chairperson of the OCC Sustainability Committee, he was awarded the Cultural Diversity Award by the Michigan College personnel Association and the Diversity Champion Award from the Bloomfield/Birmingham Diversity Taskforce. He is on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of South Oakland County (Field Zone), American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan, and as Past President of the Southfield Rotary Club. He is a member of the Southfield Partnership Council, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and MLK Jr. Diversity Taskforce
A native of Guanajuato, México, Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano has spent the last few years helping entrepreneurs and small businesses expand and gain access to capital and opportunities for growth. She also has extensive facilitation and training experience across the country, and specialized in assisting organizations develop strategic plans to reach their diversity, marketing and outreach goals.
Gabriela earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from Lindenwood University. After graduation she moved to Michigan, where she helped the city of Detroit and residents build economic strength through financial literacy, entrepreneurship and education. She has over two decades of non-profit experience, is a lifelong volunteer and fundraiser, held leadership positions including chartering a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., assisted Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan increase girl and adult membership in targeted demographics. Gabriela also co-found the first bilingual charter school in Detroit, created Spanish business development curriculum for various entrepreneurship programs, lead Bowling Green State University’s Parent Program and started several successful businesses.