Meet the TEAM
Nikki Pardo has worked in leadership roles in corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She is an energetic and enthusiastic diversity trainer, facilitator and consultant, provides innovative perspective on implicit bias, discrimination, and civil rights compliance. She has been featured in several publications, made guest appearances on multiple talk shows and podcasts, serves as a keynote and panel expert on the topic of diversity and inclusion throughout the country, and is a consultant on numerous diversity-related projects in the city of Detroit.
Nikki has served on numerous boards, and currently serves on Birmingham’s Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Board, and the Hispanic Police Officer Association Board– Michigan Chapter. She is a graduate of the New Detroit-The Coalition’s Multicultural Leadership Program, ProsperUs Detroit, and a facilitator for Build Institute, a small business incubator for the city of Detroit.
Nikki 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 state-certified mediator, nationally-certified Global Career Development Facilitator, a member of National Career Development Association, the National Diversity Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, and Inforum.
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.