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Diversity & Inclusion Solutions

Organizations have built their Diversity & Inclusion programs utilizing a framework based on the letter of the law—with a specific emphasis on compliance. Utilizing a different approach, Diversity Matters LLC introduces a strategic framework that delves deeper into your organizations ecosystem and emphasizes the spirit of the law. Our strategic process allows organizations to not only develop sustainable solutions, but also progress into a process driven organization vs. event driven.
Diversity Matters, LLC. offers a full range of services to help organization’s undertake emerging challenges.


Delivering Sustainable Diversity Solutions

Diversity Matters, LLC., a global leader within the Diversity & Inclusion consulting space, offers extensive business advisory services.
Our team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) construct and deliver comprehensive solutions based on your organizational needs. Our SMEs practical experiences, broad industry know-how, and technical expertise help in delivering sustainable solutions built to maximize organizational impact.
  • D&I Deployment Strategy
  • D&I Program Development
  • Policy Review & Development
  • Strategy Development
  • CEO Advisory Services
  • Diversity Master Class
  • D&I Certification Programs


Workshops, Classes, Seminars, and Keynotes

Our team of trainers and presenters have decades of experience guiding corporate training workshops, delivering keynote speeches, and facilitating conversations across diversity and inclusion topics.
  • Implicit Bias
  • Cross-Generational Compatibility
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Contemporary Gender Roles
  • Cultural Consciousness
  • Innovation through Diversity
  • Digital Hate
  • Race Perceptions
  • Building Inclusive Teams
  • Managing Change


Diversity & Inclusion CONFAB Curriculum Training

First Responders Diversity Confab

Serving school resource officers, police, fire, EMS, security guards, etc.
Our training is led by Ohio Peace Officer Training certified community diversity instructors. Our conversations include:
  • Community Policing Best Practices
  • Policy at Local, State, and Federal Levels
  • Procedural Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Countering Violent Extremism

Early Childhood Diversity Confab

Impact your community, family, and culture with conversations including:
  • Bias Free Classrooms
  • Gender Stereotyping and Assumptions
  • Creating Appropriate Environments and Experiences
  • Religious Diversity
  • Disability
  • Rural Equity



Diversity Matters, LLC. is a boutique consulting firm specializing in Diversity & Inclusion. Over the past 15 years we have guided many organizations throughout this journey, maintaining our reputation of excellence. Our legacy is rooted in forging dynamic processes and modernizing our knowledgebase to build a focus on effective methodologies for organizational culture, workforce development, and Diversity & Inclusion.

Ron Kohr

Ron Kohr is Co-Founder of Diversity Matters, LLC. Ron’s experience spans over 30 years within the consulting world, working across multiple industries. An innovator, Ron has utilized his heavy IT background to develop multiple platforms designed to amplify the impact of D&I programs. Ron provides management and leadership over our entire practice, ensuring maximum operational excellence.

Neal Semel

Neal Semel is Co-Founder of Diversity Matters, LLC. With over 25 years of extensive knowledge and practice within the D&I space, Neal specializes in community building, mediation, communication and fostering positive culture change. Neal has dedicated his life to helping organizations realize their true potential through D&I. Utilizing his robust background, Neal develops all of our curriculum, while leading and developing our consultants. Neal is also lifetime certified as a OPOTA (Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy) Community Diversity instructor.

Rick Eaton

Rick has spent the last twenty-five years as a senior researcher for the Simon Wiesenthal Center/ Museum of Tolerance. Rick’s responsibilities included research of terrorism and domestic extremism, and monitoring of extremists groups worldwide. Rick has been a lecturer/presenter for audiences including California Police/Highway Patrol, Michigan State Police, FBI, Miami-Dade Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, National Institute Against Hate Crime, Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators, New Mexico Gang Task Force.

Jacqueline King

A twenty-seven year member of the Colum-bus, Ohio Division of Police, Jacqueline is OPOTA (Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy) certified as a Community Diversi-ty instructor. She developed core curriculum for in-service training of police personnel in Cultural Diversity, Work related stress and burnout, and the history of women and minorities in policing, Collaborated with other instructors to manage and coordinate train-ing for 1700 police officers.

Andy Karanja

Growing up on three continents, Africa, Europe and North America, Andy brings a unique perspective in terms of diversity, immigration, race and generational diversity. He studied aviation at Kent State University. In 2016, he left Tesla to start a company whose goal is to empower the local community through music while also servicing local artists.

Nelson Hewitt

Nelson Hewitt is a senior diversity consultant working with clients in industries including corporate, government, healthcare and social services. He consults on organizational and culture change and organizational leadership. He has experience in directing Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action programs, and has investigated complaints of discrimination throughout the City of Columbus.
Nelson is a graduate of the University of Louisville (B. A. in Psychology) and University of Cincinnati (M. A. in Clinical Psychology). He received further theology training at the Zion Temple Bible Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a retired ordained Christian Methodist Episcopal Elder.

Mari Norman Sunami

A visionary and motivational figure, Mari utilizes storytelling as a medium for sharing personal and cultural experiences. Mari served in the Peace Corp, traveling the globe and working passionately to make an impact. Along with working with organization’s throughout their Diversity & Inclusion journey, she also teaches at Ohio Dominican University.

Stephen Menendian

Stephen has trained policymakers, businesses, and other institutions on diversity, inclusion, and affirmative action practices, policies, and compliance, including creative ways to improve diversity within bounds of law. He trains Fortune 500 company execu-tives regarding Affirmative Action Guideline Compliance. Stephen has guest-lectured at UC Berkeley School of Law, the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, and co-taught The History and Culture of Race and Law.

Willard McIntosh

Willard has over twenty years’ experience at the Columbus Police Department. He is OPOTA (Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy) Commission Certified. With over ten years at the Police Training Academy - recruit level, Willard utilizes his extensive background to execute the most impactful training. Over the past nine years, he has been a cultural awareness instructor. His skills include facilitating discussion, creating a classroom atmosphere conducive to sharing beliefs and opinions.