We are excited to welcome new clients Dept. of Human Services, PWSA, and Clark Const.
The seed for BW3 was planted almost two decades ago when Dr. Hall-Russell, an Indianapolis native, began to merge her cultural influences with corporate leadership. Excited that she had been uniquely prepared by life, work experiences and her education to take on leadership positions, she also noticed patterns of bias that impacted her work and that of other Black women in majority organizations. So intrigued by the challenges, she chose to study this phenomenon for her doctoral research at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Her current work is focused on researching the impact of organizationa culture on DEI initiatives. She uses her qualitatiave research skills to examine cultures and align relevant DEI plans that improve stated goals and outcomes. In addition to this research, Hall-Russell coaches executive leaders on implementing DEI intiatives.
Hall-Russell is in demand as a facilitator and moderator currently hosting the online program "What Black Pittsburgh Needs To Know," on 1Hood Media, and she is the facilitator for the Upswerll Exchanges, a program of the national Independent Sector. She facilitates conference discussions and is in demand as a speaker, especially as it relates to DEI, and women of color in leadership.
She received her primary education in the Indianapolis Public Schools and went on to get her BA in Sociology from Indiana University (I.U.), a MA in Philanthropic Studies, and an MPA in Nonprofit Management also from I.U. She received her Ed.D in Leadership and Administration from Point Park University.
As a researcher at Indiana University, Hall-Russell published seminal work on African-American philanthropy "African American Traditons of Giving and Serving: A Midwest Perspective." She also conducted research on impact of the black megachurch, and youth, religion and philanthropy. Known for her direct writing style, she has been a frequent guest op/ed columnist for both the Indianapolis Star and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Prior to establishing BW3, she sat at the helm of several large nonprofits and also worked in international marketing in the corporate sector.
Dr. Hall-Russell sits on the board of the Planned Parenthood of Western PA and works with advocacy groups the Black Environmental Collective, and Equitable Just Greater Pittsburgh.
She is mom of an adult son and a daughter who attends Penn State University.
DEI Initiatives and Broken Cultures (on resisting the urge to establish DEI programs before a company's culture is prepared to handle them) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dei-initiatives-broken-cultures-resisting-urge-move-hall-russell/
Featured: Despite a few prominent appointments, Pittsburgh-area nonprofits still struggle to diversify leadership: https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/11/17/Women-minorities-nonprofits-leadership-diversity-Pittsburgh/stories/201911070159