Pamela A McElvane, MBA

Pamela A. McElvane, MBA

CEO & Publisher
Diversity MBA Media
A P&L Group Brand


When I heard an executive from a Fortune 10 company talk about how being first to market, being best in the market and then being different in the market is how you grow successful brands and companies. I must be honest his statement strongly resonated with me; to the extent that I want to share how Diversity Business Review (DBR) is built on Being Different with the strategy to be BEST.

The premise of our work is based on difference. Diversity Business Review (DBR), is a practitioner-focused thought leadership journal; a part of the Diversity MBA family of publications. The addition of this unique publication will bring great benefits to the business community working to foster inclusive and diverse cultures.

DBR aims to provide thought leadership for practitioners involved in this work, day in and day out, as these champions need a quick and ready resource to support their vision. Though today’s educational institutions attempt to capture in the classroom what practices are executing, we need the practitioners voice heard to increase focus and promotion of diversity equity and inclusion in the workplace. I will indeed, give credit to where it is due. Harvard Business Review (HBR) has brought scholarly content to us for years on diversity. Diversity Business Review (DBR) represents the voice of the leaders and practitioners in the trenches.

It is a priority to bring practitioners with an understanding of successful leadership and management of a multicultural and global workforce. DBR will focus on policies, practices, strategies in the workplace that promote inclusion. It is designed to provide the marketplace with strategic and tactical situations that can be utilized as best practices or learning moments at any organization. We are excited to have five case studies that demonstrates how this work is achieved.

The publication will present content of unparalleled quality that is vetted by an Academic Review Board, chaired by Dr. Deborah Ashton with vice chair, Dr. Patricia Arredondo and consisting of six fellow doctorate level reviewers. With the contribution of expert practitioners’ experiences, DBR will present real-life scenarios with special attention to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

We are elated to be releasing this bi-annual guide, September 9th, at the DMBA 13th National Conference. This guide will be published in March and September 2020 with more original content and best practices to come.

Sharee Dorsey, our Creative Director on this project developed a unique design for the journal. Her vision is to represent diversity with the robust colors; and align the categories with the colors on the cover. She felt continuity for the readers is important and wanted them to be able to quickly reference each section. Thank you Sharee.

I want to thank everyone for their support in making this dream come true. The contributors, the corporate partners, the staff, Dr. Deborah Ashton and Dr. Patricia Arredondo, our academic review board without whom none of this would be possible. I remain humbly grateful.


Dr. Deborah P. Ashton

Deborah P. Ashton, Ph.D, CDM

Chief Psychologist & Learning Officer
Diversity Learning Solutions
A P&L Brand Co.

Greetings to the Diversity Business Review Readers:

I hope DBR readers will find this issue and future issues worthy of being a desk reference for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) solutions; providing insights and DEI transferable best practices. DBR exists because of our authors, our reviewers and our readers. 

DBR’s contributors, reviewers and editorial staff worked diligently and professionally to ensure a scholarly, practical guide for DEI practitioners, executives, line management and human resources. 

I would like to thank Pam McElvane, CEO & Publisher of the DBR and the Diversity MBA Magazine for her vision of publishing a Diversity Business Review written by DEI practitioners and reviewed by doctoral reviewers. Many thanks to the contributors and special thanks to the Vice Chair, Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., President, Arredondo Advisory Group, and the reviewers, who dedicated their time and expertise. The reviewers are, in alphabetical order: Charlotte Ashton, M.A., PhD, Head of Social & Cultural Consultation, Diversity MBA; Andrea E. Evans, PhD., Director, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and Tenured Professor, College of Education, Northeastern Illinois; Belinda Hartnett, PhD, PMP, Retired Major US Air Force, Sr. Program Manager/Analyst at Flatter Inc.; Linda Liang, PhD, President of Organizational Resources; Rodney Lowman, PhD, ABPP, ACC, Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Past Dean and Past Program Director, Organizational Psychology Programs, CSPP, Fellow of the APA; and Kathryn Welds, PhD, ABPP, ACC, Sr. Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Kaiser Permanente.

Thank you for joining us, as we embark on the next stage of diversity, equity and inclusion with DEI aligned with business strategy. May all organizations reach the integration stage of inclusion; being world-class culturally inclusive organizations; having their customers as their primary focus; and valuing their human capital and their communities.