Celeste is a dynamic public speaker and enthusiastic contributor, who brings a rich blend of business and emotional intelligence to every engagement. She is a proud TEDxSpeaker Finalist (UStreetWomen 2022), honored to make top round out of 150 speakers from 25 states and 6 countries.
In addition to her decades background in business intelligence analysis, Celeste is a Co-Active Life Coach, trained by the world-renowned Co-Active Training Institute. She is a data-driven DEI leader, Certified Diversity Executive, and holds an advanced certificate in Design Thinking from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Celeste is also one of an elite group worldwide trained and authorized by the Institute for Productive Tension (IPT) to administer its tension management analytical model, used by organizations globally.
Cultivating people to dig beneath the surface, break mental barriers and become the most deeply satisfying version of themselves is Celeste's extreme honor and joy. Celeste is passionate about illuminating each human's unique value. She proudly served Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as both Co-Chair of Institutional Equity and Co-President of the Information Technology Diversity, Development and Inclusion Council, helping provide unprecedented insight and reach new heights during her fulfilling tenure. It is Celeste's mission to provide valuable insight and create unprecedented shifts for as many clients as she can, for decades to come.
Emory University School of Medicine; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (April 2023)
Title: Keynote Speaker. Topic: Supporting Diversity Through Mentorship, Sponsorship and Coaching.
Description: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion symposium with a focus on professional development.
TEDx UStreetWomen (2022)
Title: Speaker Finalist. Topic: Organizational Equity. Honored to make top round out of 150 speakers from 25 states and 6 countries.
Description:Independently organized TEDx Event
Grand Rounds:Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology (November 2021)
Title: Keynote Speaker, Wellness and Well-Being Series. "Navigating the Complex Intersections of What It Means to Care". (This was the highest-attended Grand Rounds presentation in all of 2021.)
Description:Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) is a weekly seminar series to support the academic environment of the Duke Department of Medicine. Speakers are selected to provide faculty and staff with up-to-date knowledge about timely issues in internal medicine.
Global Sisters in Project Management Forum 2021:
Title: Featured Presenter. "3 Shifts to Hassle-Free Project Management"
Description: Project Management-focused, international forum for professional Minority women with the mission of enhancing their knowledge base through educational opportunities, mentoring, and creating alliances with other professional organizations. The presentation focused on helping these mid- to senior-level project management professionals, create strategic mindset shifts to transform their projects, significantly enhance their outcomes and further increase their value to their organizations.
International Melanated Liberation Summit 2021:
Title: Featured Guest.
Description: A global forum featuring the journeys and perspectives of Black Female CEOs, with the mission to uplift and inspire.
Johns Hopkins University: Digital Student Experience Conference (2020, 2019, 2017):
Title: Featured Presenter and “Ask the Experts” resource. Business Intelligence Insights.
Description: Technology-based University-wide learning and collaboration forum with the mission of enlightening, empowering and educating staff, and optimizing the student experience.
Towson University: College of Business and Economics’ (CB&E)
Title: Course Curriculum Contributor (2012)
Description: Chosen by CB&E’s Advisory Board to contribute key perspectives, skills and abilities needed in their updated Graduate Entrepreneurship Coursecurriculum, to maximize effectiveness and outcomes for their students.
2019Women’s Wealth and Financial Empowerment Forum, McLean, VA.
Title: Featured Speaker. Career, Community and Causes Panel.
Description: Discussed navigating business ownership, managing burnout and becoming a 'must-have'.
2018 Small Business Roundtable, McLean, VA
Title: Featured Speaker
Description: Provided key insights on navigating the client journey and uncovering our hidden language.
“Brand Yourself” Employee Personal Branding Course
Title: Course Creator and Trainer
Description: Attended and well-received by employees nationally. This online workshop is designed to guide rising professionals on all levels to recognize, cultivate and optimize their unique talents and experiences to create a personal brand of excellence in their lives and organizations.