Your organization is unique — you need a DEI strategy to match. Our team of DEI leaders, HR experts, and data scientists tailor programs to address your unique challenges and opportunities.
Joelle partners with leaders of some of the world’s most innovative companies to consult and advise on diversity and inclusion strategies. She has written extensively about diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and on the cover of The Atlantic. She has been named to Recode’s list of the 100 most influential people in business, Marie Claire’s “New Guard” list of 50 women changing the world, and The New York Times’ Groundbreakers.
Before founding Paradigm, Joelle was a civil rights lawyer. Joelle’s legal background highlighted the consequences that can result from companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early, and inspired her to found Paradigm. Joelle is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
Evelyn is a social psychologist who has conducted cutting-edge research on how to detect and discuss racial bias. As Paradigm’s President, Evelyn is focused on evolving and advancing the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to this, she led Paradigm’s Training & People Development teams and advised such as DocuSign, the NFL, Snap, and United Talent Agency.
Evelyn’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and in 2018, she was featured on the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences “20 Under 40” list. In addition to her peer-reviewed scholarship, Evelyn is a highly sought-after thought leader. Her work and insights have been published in popular press outlets such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg, CBS This Morning, CNBC, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and NPR. Evelyn holds a doctorate from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Natalie is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Paradigm’s Organizational Strategy & Transformation practice. Natalie’s team of data scientists, qualitative researchers, and consultants is dedicated to helping clients assess, design, implement, and benchmark their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies through long-term strategic partnerships. Natalie focuses her time on developing new services and delivering impactful DEI work with a focus on research, data, and prioritizing impact. Natalie has led Paradigm’s engagements with dozens of clients across industries and has partnered with executives at companies including Airbnb, Box, Capital One, GE, IDEO, Intuit, and Stripe.
Before joining Paradigm, Natalie was a part of Google’s People Analytics team, developing and analyzing a wide range of diversity and inclusion initiatives. During her time at Google, Natalie received an impact award for her meaningful work with Gayglers—Google’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Natalie holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Carissa currently leads Paradigm Training & People Development team. As one of Paradigm’s Co-Founders, Carissa developed Paradigm’s philosophy around evidence-based diversity, equity, and inclusion work. She has led Paradigm’s work with high-growth startups, leading media agencies, top law firms, and Fortune 500 companies — she has partnered with organizations including American Express, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Gap, Etsy, Lyft, The New York Times, and Zillow Group. Carissa currently focuses on helping organizations identify how to structure and prioritize DEI efforts based on where they are in their DEI journeys, and working with executive teams and People/HR leaders to drive change.
Before coming to Paradigm, Carissa co-founded PERTS, a research center at Stanford University focused on the practical application of social psychology themes like belonging and growth mindset. Carissa was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for her innovative work at PERTS, where she currently serves as chair of the board.
Carissa’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, and she has published her academic research in publications like Nature, Psychological Science, and Emotion. She has spoken at various conferences, including AtlanticLIVE, TechCrunch Disrupt, and SXSW. Carissa holds a doctorate in Psychology from Stanford University.
Erin is a Director on the Training & People Development team. Prior to Paradigm, Erin spent more than 13 years at Google as a program and people manager, working on increasing equity and inclusion in computer science and developer education. She spent most of those years developing and leading internal trainings centered on allyship, diversity, and implicit bias.
Prior to her Google tenure, Erin worked at the non-profit Jewish National Fund on their education team.
Over the past several years, Erin has been involved in various CS education related initiatives including: helping the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Education Board Retention Committee get the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles get up and running; the College for Every Student’s CS initiative; and serving on the Advisory Board for a National Science Foundation (NSF) project on collaborative research in the CS education space.
Erin was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and has lived in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, Women’s Studies, and Jewish Studies from Boston College and a master’s in Developmental Psychology with a focus on technology from Sarah Lawrence College.
Pin-ya develops and facilitates Paradigm’s high-impact trainings, drawing from years of experience in psychological research, teaching, and leadership development. She designs trainings and leads workshops that are tailored to clients’ needs and that promote learning, while fostering more diverse and inclusive organizations.
Before joining Paradigm, Pin-ya was an organizational consultant, where she conducted in-depth assessments of executive-level clients, focusing on behavioral strengths and opportunities, business challenges, and team dynamics. Pin-ya holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from the Ohio State University, where she taught undergraduate courses in psychology and scientific writing. She has presented research at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology national conference, as well as at other academic forums.
Ryan brings years of consulting and business strategy development experience to Paradigm. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies in different industries to leverage data analytics to inform organizational strategy and decision-making. At Paradigm, Ryan is a member of the Strategy & Insights practice, focused on helping clients transform their diversity, equity, and inclusion programs by using data to identify barriers and craft tailored programs that will achieve measurable impact.
Prior to joining Paradigm, Ryan worked for the global HR consulting firm Mercer, where he held consulting, strategy, and HR management roles. At Mercer, he partnered with executive leaders to develop and implement solutions around talent, culture, and business strategy issues. This included organizational redesign, change management, leadership communications, Employee Resource Group development, market analysis, and workforce compensation strategies.
Ryan served in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician and Intelligence Analyst, and he holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.
Kevin’s career is grounded in the belief that everyone deserves to feel excited about showing up to work, and that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company culture shapes that experience. Throughout his career he’s helped companies, non-profits, and universities establish award-winning inclusion initiatives and continues that work as a Director of Training and People Development at Paradigm.
Kevin came to Paradigm from FM Global, an engineering-focused Fortune 500 company, where he brought together his expertise in training and development, customized strategic DEI plans, and operationalizing global and national inclusion programs. In a previous role at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee — the first professional sports organization that created a publicly transparent diversity data / inclusion plan initiative — he led the redevelopment of the organization’s learning and development programs, and helped prepare D&I Scorecards that highlighted opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion among athletes, coaches, staff, board of directors, and membership.
Prior to that work, Kevin established his roots teaching intersectional social justice courses at the university level and holds a master’s in administration and leadership with a focus in diversity and inclusion.
As part of the Organizational Strategy & Transformation team, Kae illuminates the role of individuals in changemaking and reinvigorates people’s confidence in what is possible. They are passionate about deconstructing binary thinking to examine its impact on our actions. Their approach is rooted in community building and uniting and motivating people toward the growth mindset needed to do intentional and transformative inclusion and equity work.
Kae brings years of experience as a facilitator and diversity, equity, and inclusion program manager, designing accessible training programs, and leading workshops and conversations on topics like allyship, unconscious bias, pronouns, gender identity, and racial equity. They have partnered closely with executives, project stakeholders, and current and future leaders on data-driven DEI initiatives that align with company values and strategy, creating spaces to practice the behaviors necessary to drive change.
Their connection to this work has kept them an active partner in their communities. Serving on the Steering Committee for TechTownPDX, they supported efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive tech community through collective action. By coaching junior roller derby and volunteering with the Portland Children’s Levy, they also stayed grounded in their commitment to serving and creating inclusive spaces for youth.
As a consultant on the Training and People Development team, Diego uses his experience in and passion for social science to help clients become more inclusive, stronger organizations. Prior to joining Paradigm, Diego worked as the Assistant Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs at the American Sociological Association. In this role, he advocated for the needs of different constituencies in the discipline and organized and facilitated professional development events for members. He has also taught sociology courses at Northwestern University, Georgetown University, and American University.
Diego is a cultural sociologist and holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, where he conducted research on a variety of topics related to Latinx immigration to the US and Spain. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, and religious studies from McDaniel College.
Alexandra brings years of risk management consulting and diversity and inclusion leadership experience to Paradigm. She is passionate about evolving organizational cultures, developing leaders, and empowering professionals to prioritize their well-being. At Paradigm Alexandra is a part of the Training & People Development team, helping clients plan, manage, and execute diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and designing and facilitating workshops for individual contributors, managers, and executives.
Prior to joining Paradigm, Alexandra spent nine years at a global consulting firm where she partnered with Fortune 500 clients across various industries. She also organized leadership development programs and designed effective strategies and tools for advancing diversity and inclusion goals. Alexandra holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics.
Marcel’s passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is a natural extension of their background working across sexual health, harm reduction, and reproductive justice movements. As a consultant on the Training & People Development team, Marcel uses their extensive background in facilitation, program development, and community activism to provide education and support around critical DEI issues.
Prior to their work at Paradigm, Marcel worked as a Capacity Building Associate at the Southern AIDS Coalition and as the Racial & Gender Justice Fellow at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). In both roles, he facilitated trainings around HIV stigma, medical mistrust, and intersectionality for health department staff and community partners. He also worked to create programs to center communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic. In addition, Marcel worked as a community health volunteer at a sexual health clinic in Otavalo, Ecuador through their time with the U.S. Peace Corps.
Marcel is originally from Atlanta, and has a bachelor’s degree in Social Policy & Gender Studies from Northwestern University.
We help companies drive change at the structural and individual levels. Our comprehensive suite DEI consulting services cultivate cultures where employees from all backgrounds can do their best work and thrive.
Here’s a sample of the ways we partner with organizations:
Assess Your DEI Efforts
We partner with you to uncover barriers to DEI throughout your organization and streamline, structure, and prioritize your efforts.
Design Your DEI Strategy
We collaborate with your key stakeholders to align on a vision for your DEI program, create a tailored strategy, and outline a roadmap.
Implement Inclusive Processes
We help ensure that your people processes — like hiring, performance management, and mentorship — are advancing your DEI efforts.
Understand Your Employees' Experiences
We show you how employees from different identity groups (e.g., race, gender, LGBTQ+) experience the organization through surveys and focus groups.
Build Effective Learning Journeys
We guide you on DEI education that will drive impact for your workforce, from the right topics for different audiences to engagement strategies to sustaining learning. We can also deliver the trainings.
Have a Trusted Advisor
We serve as an expert in your corner helping implement key initiatives and navigate challenges. We can support with everything from creating ERGs to crafting internal communications.
Build, measure, and manage your DEI efforts with a software platform designed by the Paradigm team.
Shift the paradigm
From Fortune 500s to fast-growing startups, the most forward-thinking companies around the world partner with Paradigm.
We’ve partnered with 1000+ global organizations to drive change
Increase in employee understanding of DEI strategies that foster inclusion
Increase in under-represented groups in leadership positions
We’ve worked with more than 1,000 of companies across six continents to design and implement effective D&I strategies. See what some of our clients have to say about the results.
“With Paradigm’s help, we have seen a huge cultural shift, and data prove the programs, processes, and frameworks we’re putting in place are moving the needle.”
The New York Times
“If an organization gets an opportunity to work with Paradigm, they should make sure not to miss it.”
“Paradigm is giving us the insights, tools, and strategies we need to evolve into a more diverse and successful workplace.”
“Blueprint provides bite-sized feedback with clear actions. It does not feel insurmountable in terms of making changes. The results are in a format that can be presented to senior leadership.”
“Paradigm really helped us to capture voice in a way I’ve never seen in my professional career. They created a place for really effective and really safe dialogue within a company setting.”
“We knew that our hiring goals needed to include building a more diverse team to serve our diverse range of customers”