Our Team

Our 2019 Team

The Bloom Inclusion Seminar is a collaborative initiative offered by a team of seasoned leaders who are prepared to take your inclusion efforts to the next level with innovation and a process that is catered to fit your needs. Our presenters are experienced leadership and inclusion professional development experts. Their primary objective is to offer participants clear, fresh, and actionable tools to take back to their teams.

HOST & PRESENTER: Jada Monica Drew

Jada Monica Drew is a leadership and diversity consultant with Social Designs. She spent nearly a decade working in collegiate affairs and serving as an adjunct faculty member and director of the Multicultural Education Department at Guilford College. She has also worked to cultivate resource groups with Leadership for Educational Equity while serving as a Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion. In collaboration with international educators, Jada directed the international Youth Action Project of the White Privilege Conference. She is also the author of Revolutionize Now: Creative Leadership & Action for Social Change, More Than Enough: Step into the Next Level of You, and Sharpen Your Inclusion Edge: The 8 Step Approach. Jada earned a degree in Psychology from Guilford College and a masters in Global & International Education from Drexel University. She was recognized as a United Nations DPINGO speaker in 2015, featured in Made in Greensboro in 2017, and selected as the Small Business Minority Business Person of the Year in 2019. She volunteers with ArtsGreensboro serving as the 2019ArtsFund Chair, American Friends Service Committee, and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.



keynote speaker: dr. david mcintosh

David McIntosh, PhD, joined the People Division of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as Vice President and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer in January 2018. He earned a degree in economics from Ripon College, a masters in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University, where he graduated with distinguished honors. McIntosh brings diverse leadership experience from across many academic institutions. Most recently, he served as associate dean for Urban Health Innovation and chief diversity officer for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Previous positions include service at Texas A&M University, Michigan State University and the University of Missouri. Throughout his career, McIntosh has served on numerous boards and committees and has been a noted speaker and presenter on diversity matters at the American Association of Medical Colleges and health care conferences. His work has focused on creating equitable workplaces for all people by evaluating the climate, measuring the presence of diversity in the environment and assessing the policies, programs, procedures and structures of organizations to ensure equitable outcomes from systems. (From: https://www.wakehealth.edu/About-Us/Leadership/McIntosh)


partner & PRESENTER: Zitty Nxumalo

Zithobile Zodwa Nxumalo (Zitty), PhD, was born in Swaziland, southern Africa, and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina with her family when she was 4 years old. She has worked in a number of sectors including higher education, nonprofit, and finance; yet, every position has led her back to the same passions - authenticity, stories, connection, and leadership. She exercises these passions in her role as a Student Success Navigator and Life Design Catalyst Coach at UNC-Greensboro, as well as through her leadership consulting company, Deftable®, LLC.  In 2016, Zitty was recognized as one of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under 40 and received a full scholarship to attend Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute in New York. As a communication enthusiast and freelance writer, Zitty's work has been featured in several publications including O.Henry Magazine, Triad City Beat, Black Business Ink Magazine, and Huffington Post. Zitty earned her B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College, her M.A. in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro, and her doctorate in leadership studies at NC A&T State University.  



Jorge Zeballos is the Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Innovation at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. The mission of the Center is to build the capacity of all institutions in Battle Creek to implement effective racial equity practices. Jorge Zeballos was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Lima, Peru. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University. Mr. Zeballos is an independent equity consultant with years of expertise conducting workshops, presentations and leading long-term equity initiatives at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, international and national conferences, and non-profit organizations.

partneR & PRESENTER: Natalie Sanders

Since graduating from Duke Law School in 1995, Natalie Sanders has been preventing and solving workplace issues. She started with Gibson Dunn in Dallas, Texas, defending employers in harassment and discrimination litigation and administrative proceedings.  When she joined Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, North Carolina, she continued that role and expanded into policy development and training for some of the Triad’s premier employers.  The next stage of her career she acted as the employer, serving as in-house counsel and operations manager for a regional technology company.  This gave her opportunities to coach and develop supervisors, manage a workplace environment, and explore multiple aspects of running a business. Natalie founded Professional Business Cultures to draw on her background in employment law and her passion for positive work environments.  Her mission through PBC is to raise the level of professionalism in workplaces as a way to more effectively prevent harassment and other workplace misconduct.  She is now a speaker, trainer, and consultant for leaders looking to take a positive approach to building their workplace cultures and reaping the benefits of inclusive, engaging business environments.


PRESENTER: Eric Polite


Eric Polite II is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) with more than 15 years of experience transforming human behavior and human systems to leverage the power of diversity through inclusion. His deep commitment to social justice and liberatory education catalyze a unique approach to helping leaders and organizations realize the inherent potential of every person while developing equitable systems to ensure high-performance and meaningful impact. Eric employs his passion for personal and organizational growth through strategic learning and leadership development in his current role as CEO of Eric Polite + Associates, a transformational coaching and consulting firm.

Eric received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University (Sociology and History) and pursued graduate studies at the University of Maryland (Higher Education Administration) and Case Western Reserve University (Positive Organizational Development). Eric enjoys reading, playing basketball, traveling, and anything that involves good food, friends, and music.


Niketa Greene | Advisory Team Member

Niketa Greene joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in June 2017 as the Program Director of Leadership Greensboro.  Niketa’s professional career has been centered on serving the community; she has worked and had leadership roles in healthcare, workforce development, and human services in the past.  Before coming to Leadership Greensboro, she led a branch of a national child welfare organization for six years. Niketa has been fond of Greensboro since graduating from North Carolina A & T State University with a degree in Psychology. She became particularly passionate about leadership and its significance in improving quality of life in a community while completing her Master of Public Administration degree at North Carolina Central University. Niketa enjoys her role running one of the Chamber’s signature leadership programs. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is the Vice Chair of the Health and Basic Needs Impact Council at the United Way of Greater Greensboro.


Tim leisman | Advisory Team Member

Tim Leisman is a young professional with experience in higher education administration, community organizing, and nonprofit administration. He currently works at the Center for Creative Leadership as an Analyst in the Global Research & Evaluation group, primarily supporting the Center’s Societal Advancement programming. Tim earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Guilford College in 2013 and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Affairs from UNCG (expected graduation May 2019). In the Greensboro and greater Triad community, Tim is a leader who serves on several nonprofit boards and spends time volunteering with local organizations. 


danny gatling ii | Advisory Team Member

LaDaniel “Danny” Gatling II, is a higher education development professional with expertise in financial advising, philanthropic management, and institutional advancement. Gatling has significant experience in the financial services industry and 18 years of executive development experience in higher education. Gatling worked with Primerica Financial Services and Merrill Lynch, Inc. to help families and individuals manage their assets and plan for their financial futures. Applying his expertise in philanthropic management, Gatling worked with fundraising staff at several nonprofits, colleges and universities to help them manage endowments and increase fundraising efforts through the use of planned giving. In 2001, Gatling entered into the world of higher education fundraising as a Director of Development at North Carolina A&T State University. From there, he went on to serve Bennett College, Guilford College, and Elon University School of Law. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development for Constituent Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, Gatling was a close collaborator and partner to the University’s Schools, Centers and Institutes in developing effective strategies to increase major donor activity and grow the prospect base to support a $4.25 billion comprehensive campaign. Gatling earned a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. He has served on the boards of the Salvation Army of Greensboro, Triad Stage and Bell House. He currently serves on the boards of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and Well Springs Retirement Community, Inc.