Bio For Lead DEI Consultant

About Carmen Phelps, PhD, Lead DEI & Racial Equity Consultant for Project 986 Consulting

Dr. Carmen Phelps

As a DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) practitioner, consultant, and educator, Dr. Carmen Phelps has 20+ years of experience partnering with mission-driven and for-profit organizations as well as academic institutions and public service agencies seeking to advance their brand; promote equity in business practices and decision-making; increase workforce productivity; attract diverse talent to key positions; appeal to diverse markets; design effective communications strategies for engaging diverse groups and improve workplace culture. As the lead consultant for Project 986 Consulting, she prioritizes relationship-building and service in order to design eff­ective strategies for integrating DEI principles into the practices of for profit and nonprofit organizations while ensuring that each process is tailored to every clients’ unique brand, mission and goals. An experienced DEI thought leader and strategic planner with professional experience in marketing, promotions, and public relations and an academic background in cultural studies, Carmen has successfully designed and initiated results-oriented leadership and workforce development DEI-focused programs, workshops, trainings, dialogues, and discussion processes that encourage cultural competency, awareness and understanding as well as community-building across di­fference that inspire organizational growth and progress.