Global Learning and Diversity Partners colleagues are highly-educated, experienced and dedicated to the success of your organization.
Rosa M Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM
President and Founder
Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM was the former Christiana Care Health System SVP, Christiana Care Learning Institute and Chief Diversity Officer for 7 ½ years. In this position, Rosa was responsible for creating and leading Christiana Care Learning Institute, including system-wide strategies for: Leadership and Employee Development, Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion, Cultural Competency, Equity, Language Services, Learning Technology, Innovation, and Educator Development, Evaluation and Research to build individual and organization capacity to enable the achievement of Christiana Care's mission. Dr. Colon-Kolacko has more than twenty years’ experience in a variety of roles in North America, Latin America, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Colon-Kolacko holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change from Benedictine University, a MBA from Henley Business School, Reading University in England, a post-graduate Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Columbia College, and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University. She has also a Certificate in Diversity Management (CDM) from Georgetown University and the AHA Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School and a Senior Leadership Certificate from American College of Healthcare Executives. She is an active researcher and has held Academic positions as Professor of Professional Practice at Bowling Green State University, adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and University of Delaware.
She serves in multiple boards including Chair of the Board of the DE Latin American Community Center and as the chair of the strategic planning process for the Latino Forum for Healthcare Executives (NFLHE) sponsored by the American Colleague of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Colon-Kolacko currently serves on the American Leadership Council of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA). She has also been appointed by the Governor of Delaware to serve in the DE Hispanic Commission where she is the Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission. She is also a member of DE State Healthcare Innovation Patient and Consumer Advisory Committee and the University of Delaware Employee Development Advisory Council.
John Evans, Culture and Strategy Counsel
John Evans is a highly experienced non-executive chairman, director and board advisor, helping to improve skills and capabilities with a focus on strategy, board performance, governance, risk and M&A integration.
He brings experience and proven skills to all organization levels, facilitating learning, for leadership, team development, coaching, organization design and managing large scale enterprise change and culture management projects.
Previously an executive and consultant with nationals and multinationals in the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Technology, Consumer Goods, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Advertising and Consumer Research sectors, amongst others, for over three decades.
He currently serves as the Chair and Trustee of a voluntary and community organization specializing in youth and adult mental health services and counseling. John was until recently a stakeholder Governor at a leading UK NHS Foundation Trust Acute Hospital Group which during this time was named the hospital of the year winner in the Dr Foster Hospital Guide for 2013. It also received the NHS Board and Governing Body of the Year in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) 2013 Leadership Recognition Awards. At its last assessment the Care Quality Commission rated it as Outstanding in 2014.He served as a Member of the Governance; Stakeholder Engagement; and Patient Experience Committees.
As a Board Member he co-produced the joint strategy (NHS and Social Services) that provided a plan 2012 to 2017 for the delivery of an Adult Mental Health Services commissioning strategy across Hampshire. The deployment of the Recovery Approach, Personalisation and specific developments within the range of its services and a focus on outcomes, has made a considerable difference to previous practice.
He was the founding Chairman at the Frimley Health and Wellbeing Centre where he lead the creation and development of a strong joint working and partnership body and service specification to provide mental health services.. The service became the benchmark for the roll out of other Health and Wellbeing centres across the Region. It was the NHS South of England Regional winner of Best Health Award Success in Partnership Working.
John holds graduate and post graduate qualifications and is a certified, Psychotherapist, BPS Certified Psychometrician, a Master Coach, and a certified practitioner and trainer of Herrmann International and the HBDI Whole Brain Thinking survey.
Frederick D. Hobby
Speaker and Principal Consultant
Fred Hobby joined the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management (Institute) as president and CEO in 2005 with more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership in hospital operations and administration. Fred’s career includes service across three states and six hospital systems. Fred led the Institute into its second decade of service, developing tools and resources to promote, enhance and implement diversity efforts in our nation’s hospitals. During his term as president, the Institute experience unprecedented growth in influence, membership, and played a pivotal role in the creation and professional development of the Chief Diversity Officer role in health care .
Fred began his hospital administration career with Humana, Inc. in Louisville, KY after serving 4 years as the Executive Director of the City’s Affirmative Action Department and 3 years on the faculty of the University of Louisville.
Before joining the Institute, Fred spent 10 years with the Greenville (SC) Hospital System (GHS), a 1,086-bed acute care teaching hospital system. As an administrator and chief diversity officer at GHS, he developed and implemented a system-wide diversity initiative that is nationally recognized for its comprehensiveness and success. Its components included diversity education for senior leadership and cultural competence training for the system’s 7,200 employees.
Prior to joining GHS, Fred served as an aspiring Assistant Administrator with Humana, Inc., ministrator with Humana, Inc; Humana, Inc; l setting and wth in cers in healthcare. the Chief Operating Officer with the Portsmouth General Hospital and is a former CEO of the Newport News General Hospital in Virginia.
He is a frequent guest speaker on diversity and has been featured at a number of prestigious national conferences. In 1999, he was named “Senior Executive of the Year” by the National Association for Health Services Executives. Fred was named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” in August, 2006 and again 2007. He was the cover story in the 2006 Winter Issue of HR Pulse, the official publication of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration. In 2010, Fred was selected to serve on the National Project Advisory Committee of the Office of Minority Health to revise and enhance the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Healthcare.
Fred has served on numerous boards including two terms on the National Board of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, The Urban League of the Upstate, and is the Founding President of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Health Services and Executives.
Fred received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, and a master’s degree in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Cindi Ramirez Ryan
Cyndi is a human resources and diversity management executive with over 18 years of experience in leading people strategy solutions in health care, medical device, insurance and financial industries. Today, Cyndi serves as President & Principal Consultant of Más Talent, a human resources firm, focusing on organizational effectiveness, talent management and diversity management solutions.
Her most recent experience included her role as Vice President Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas, where she led organizational & people capability strategies throughout the integrated system. In that role, Cyndi oversaw a team responsible for organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, change management, M&A cultural integration, talent management, succession planning, learning & development, and diversity management. In addition to her other many accomplishments, Cyndi was instrumental in leading the redesign of the human resources centers of excellence, merger and integration activities and building the system’s 1st diversity management initiatives.
In 2011, the Texas Diversity Council named Cyndi as one of the Most Powerful & Influential Women in Texas and Baylor Health Care System was awarded the Corporate Leadership DiversityFIRST Award.
Prior to joining Baylor, Cyndi held the position of a Field HR Leader at Philips Medical Systems and was Regional Human Resources Manager at GEICO Direct Insurance.
She holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Dallas and a BBA from Texas Woman’s University. Ms. Ryan is fluent in English and Spanish and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the Dallas Human Resources Management Association, the American Leadership Council – Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Dallas- Fort Worth Healthcare Human Resources Association, Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives and an advisory board member of the Latino Leadership Initiative at SMU Cox School of Business.
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We are excited to announce that we are partnering with DE Hispanic Commission and DE Department of Health & Social Services to conduct a study to learn more about the needs of our diverse poplations to access health services and the capacity of healthcare professionals to serve growing minority population.