Eric M. Ellis M.A.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Eric Ellis was selected by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), as one of the top 100 Diversity & Inclusion experts in the world, Eric believes in linking strategic interventions to bottom-line business results. He is a D&I innovator and respected thought leader, having contributed to many publications on the subject of strategic diversity and inclusion solutions. As President and CEO of Integrity Development, he has had the privilege of working with clients that include Toyota Motors, SHRM, Procter & Gamble, Plante & Moran LLP, Columbia Forest Products, C.H. Guenther & Son, Mercy Health Partners, Scripps, Kindred Healthcare and Huntington Bank.
Eric has conducted national keynote addresses for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), WBENC and multiple business expositions. He moderated the Common Ground broadcasts for ABC affiliates WCPO-TV and PBS’ WCET-TV during Cincinnati's civil unrest. He has recently published a book, “Diversity Conversations,”which explores the practical application of managing inclusion.
Previously, Eric had been Managing Director of Inroads Greater Cincinnati/Dayton, a training and development organization, and Program Director for the University of Cincinnati's Division of Evening College and Continuing Education. He has an M.A. in Planning from the University of Cincinnati where he also completed two years of post-graduate studies focused on organizational development. He earned a B.A. in Business from Wright State University where he was a member of their NCAA Division l National Championship Basketball team.
The recipient of many awards, Ellis has received a State of Ohio Governor's Citation, recognition for leadership by former President Bush's Point of Light Foundation and the designation as Greater Cincinnati's Big Brother of the Year. Integrity Development was also awarded Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Small Business of the Year Award and Ohio’s Minority Business of the Year Award.
He has been described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as "Cincinnati's Diversity Fixer." He can be heard nationally on his weekly radio broadcast entitled Diversity Conversations, which can be heard globally through www.1320thevoice.com.
Jennifer "Alex" Alexander-Nitz
Alex has served as a Senior consultant and trainer with Integrity Development for 10 years. Her expertise in communication has made her very valuable as we seek to assist our clients in establishing con-scious communication that respects human diff-erences. She believes that each member of humanity has a potential contribution to make to the whole. She currently teaches at Wright State in the Communication department and is the director of the Business Communication course. She is the previous director for the Interpersonal Communication course and also teaches Small Group/Team Communication, Public Speaking, Communication for Teachers, Effective Listening, Health Communication and Communicating with Children. She graduated magna cum laude from with a B.A.degree in Communication and a M.S. in Counseling from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
An educator through-and through, Alex has been honored by being listed in Who's Who Amongst America's Teachers not once, but twice, in consecutive years; an honor that less than 5% of American teachers have achieved. She was voted "Faculty Member of the Year" in 2002-2003 AND 2005-2006 by the Greek Affairs Council at Wright State as well as being voted one of the top five faculty members by the students of Wright State. She was given the "Outstanding Alumni Award" by the College of Education and Human Services in 2003.
Wendell C. Ellis
Mr. Ellis' goal during training sessions, is to increase awareness of issues related to the effective management of workforce diversity
and its impact on the company’s economic performance along with the development of a Corporate Diversity Action Plan. To date, he has facilitated classes for thousands of corporate employees at nearly twenty corporate facilities.
He has a B.A. in Political Science from Central State University where he was a member of their NAIA National Championship Football Team. He was a M.A./PhD., student at Ohio State University
The recipient of many awards, Mr. Ellis has com-pleted Research Fellowships at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has also been named one of the Who’s Who among college students in America and is recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Emerging New Leaders.
Cathy Scrivner is a skilled facilitator with a wealth of experience in all facets of Human Resources gained from a career of increasing responsibility in the retail environment
At Rich’s – Goldsmith’s – Lazarus, a premier division of Federated Department Stores, her exposure to managing personnel systems were varied. She was Human Resources Manager of one of the most profitable store locations in all of Federated Stores and served as the lead HR manager at a 1.2 million square foot Distribution Center with 800 employees. Her work as the leaders in campus recruiting and in the Rich’s Executive Trainee Program produced on of the most successful recruitment and training programs in the company’s history.
Ms. Scrivner has a Public Affairs degree from Indiana University with an emphasis in Human Resources/Labor Relations. Ms. Scrivner is an active volunteer in Junior Achievement, Job Corps and many organizations for the homeless.
Dr. Yasue Kuwahara
Mr. Agee is an accomplished and engaging public speaker making use of his extensive academic training in his workshops. Gary has served an adjunct faculty member at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at Anderson University in Indiana. He has authored three books, his latest, "A Cry for Justice," scheduled to be released by the University of Arkansas Press in the fall of 2011, is a ground breaking study on the life of Daniel A. Rudd, a civil rights leader who worked for racial equality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Yasue has more than 15 years of experience in Asian studies and research. Fluent in Japanese, she has been instrumental in providing Integrity’s consulting services to Japanese executives and managers with Toyota Motors, having translated and led numerous training experiences. She is a professor of Communication and Director of Popular Culture Studies at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches a variety of courses on American and Asian popular culture and mass media. Her scholarly interest has expanded from the U.S. influence on postwar Japan to popular culture of South Korea and China in recent years. She is the editor of the East Asian Popular Culture Series by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Kuwahara grew up in Tokyo and moved to the U.S. upon graduation from Waseda University. She received a M.A. in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University.