Coach | Consultant | Trainer | Speaker | Author

Dr. Helen Holton

(Pronouns: She, Her, Hers)

A recovering elected official after 21 years of service on the Baltimore City Council. With a reimagined reality she continues to lead as an Inclusion thought leader working in the space of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She knows firsthand the importance of building resilience as a power tool in your leadership bucket. Investment in your talent and those you lead is a key component to your success. Dr. Helen Holton and Associates was born out of years of living and working through the intersections of race, gender, political power, and privilege and the impact they have on equity, fairness, and inclusion.  This collaborative organization of forward-thinking minds is committed to increasing human engagement and talent development for better outcomes. Our mindset moves from what's wrong to what's strong! Dr. Helen is an exceptional Coach, Trainer, Consultant, and overall Communicator who works with you to upshift the trajectory of your success.


She brings authentic truth, beliefs, and perspectives to situations without personal attachment. She speaks to what’s not being said from a sincere space of curiosity and inquisitiveness. The intention is to evoke a deeper level of real, vulnerable, and honest engagement in the work we do with leaders, teams, and organizations. The result is a stronger ROI (Return on Investment) and an optimal IRR (Internal Rate of Return) produced from your investment in human capital to build and strengthen more Inclusive, Resilient and Respectful (IRR) environments that lead toward a genuine sense of “belonging” felt by all.


To every engagement, Dr. Helen brings complementary business skills as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SHRM-CP), holding several coaching certifications and credentialed through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Mentor Coach (CMC). Dr. Helen is a:

  • Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and Trainer,

  • Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) Qualified Administrator,

  • Hogan Assessment Certified,

  • Certified Personal and Executive Coach (CPEC),

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and

  •  Certified DISC Practitioner​

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Author | Professional Speaker | Business Owner

Paul Meshanko, MBA, CSP


Paul Meshanko is an author, professional speaker and business owner with over 25 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture change. After over a decade with a Fortune 500 company, he opened Legacy Business Cultures to serve the growing demand for change management and employee engagement training. Under his leadership, his firm has grown to become one of the country’s most trusted providers of staff development, coaching and cultural change training programs.


Known for his down to earth, humorous and engaging style, Paul has captivated over a half million leaders and business professionals on five continents. His educational materials have been translated into over 25 languages and his newsletter is read by thousands of subscribers each month. His clients have included DuPont, Parker Hannifin, The Cleveland Clinic, BASF, Progressive Insurance, MTD, Johnson Controls, P&G, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, Toyota, Johnsonville Sausage, Ernst & Young, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Congressional Office of Compliance.


A passionate thought leader and champion supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement efforts, his fascinating and inspiring programs include:

  • The Respect Effect – Harnessing the Power of Connection

  • Understanding and Managing Unconscious Bias

  • Radically Inclusive Leadership

  • 6 Brain Hacks for Better Navigating and Leading Change

  • In It To Win It – Building a World-Class Business Culture

Paul was awarded the National Speakers Association’s coveted CSP® designation in 2019. His first book, Conversations on Success, was released in May 2006 and his second, The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace, was released by McGraw-Hill in 2013. He holds a Bachelors in Science and Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Baldwin Wallace College. A husband and father, Paul currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Sheila.


Top Corporate Diversity Executive | Certified Professional Coach

Janese Murray

Janese Murray has over 20 years of experience in helping companies develop effective diversity and inclusion strategies. A thought leader in the field, Janese has been quoted in top publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Fortune, and was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity.  She is also a certified professional coach.

Janese retired from the Exelon Corporation where she served as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.  She led a team in partnering with business leaders, HR teams, and employee resource groups to increase the diversity of the workforce and create an inclusive environment. Under Janese’s leadership, Exelon Corporation increased the diversity of their workforce, engaged white men in the work of driving diversity and inclusion, and was recognized as one of the DiversityInc Top 50 companies for diversity and inclusion two years in a row. 

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Murray previously served as the executive director of Talent Development and Inclusion for Constellation Energy. In that role, she led a team that was responsible for enterprise-wide talent management, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion programs. During Murray’s career in human resources, she has held roles of increasing responsibility at various companies including CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Black and Decker. 

Janese sees diversity and inclusion as more than just increasing diversity of the workforce. She sees it as a way to create a culture that retains key talent, unleashes innovation, improves employee engagement, and helps companies broaden their consumer base and advance company goals. She leverages several strengths in her approach to helping diversity practitioners, HR teams and leaders drive this culture change within their organizations. 

  • Engagement – Janese believes that it is important to engage leaders in the work of creating an inclusive culture where all employees can grow and thrive.  In many organizations, white men make up the majority of leadership roles but have often been excluded from efforts around diversity and inclusion. Janese partners with the diversity practitioner and HR team to proactively involve all employees, with a special emphasis on white male engagement.

  • Practicality – Janese understands the importance of operationalizing diversity and inclusion to identify concrete actions that the organization can take to move the needle. By utilizing data and metrics, as well as existing systems and processes, Janese assists with identifying gaps and creating strategies to address those gaps.

  • Training and Education – While training and education plays a very small part in driving the change necessary to have an inclusive culture, it sets the foundation and establishes common language and understanding. Janese possesses strong presentation skills and has the ability to use humor, when appropriate, to moderate tough subjects without impacting the learning. She uses effective techniques in small group discussion and employs interactive dialogue to engage participants and deepen the learning.

Murray received a B.A. in Speech Communication from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and earned her coaching certification in June 2016.


Global Diversity | Inclusion | Cultural Competence

Arlene F. Roane

Redhouse Performance Consulting, LLC

  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator

  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) Certification

  • National Speakers Association Certified Professional Speaker (CPS)

Arlene Roane is founder and president at Redhouse Performance Consulting, LLC.  She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and consultant with over 15 years of experience in global diversity, inclusive leadership, and cultural competency.  Her work has impacted thousands of leaders and professionals in global organizations of all sizes.


Redhouse designs, develops and executes diversity and inclusion (D&I) projects in leadership development, culture change, organizational learning, and talent management for global, complex, profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Recent clients include:

  • Danaher Corporation

  • Clinton Foundation

  • Procter & Gamble

  • Cepheid

  • Sciex

  • Forest City Enterprises

  • Parker Hannifin

  • Cox Communications

  • Philips Healthcare 

  • Marathon Oil Company

  • Open Society Foundations

  • Sisters of Charity Health Systems 

  • Marathon Petroleum

  • PWC

  • Hach

  • United States Steel

In the past five years, project and client engagements have been executed in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Jordan, UAE, Singapore, India, Korea, China and Ivory Coast. Participants in these programs come from a wide range of countries including France, Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Myanmar.


Arlene established a national reputation as a thought leader during her tenure as a consultant, strategist, trainer, and researcher for one of the world’s largest global diversity consulting practices, Global Novations, now Korn Ferry.  She created and led a major study, “Pathways of the Black CIO” on retention and loss of African American executive talent in IT that was published in CIO Magazine (June 2006).  Arlene served as the research team leader on the nationally recognized research project and National Urban League 2004 publication “Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks”.   Early in her career, she was featured in the nationally acclaimed book Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success (Doubleday 1992).


Arlene has an undergraduate degree from MIT and an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado.  Prior to starting her consulting practice, Arlene worked in the high-growth segment of the communications industry where she was quickly promoted to mid-level executive roles while under the age of 35. 


Lawyer | Consultant | Trainer

Duane Taylor, Esq. MPP, MCPH

Implementing leadership development solutions that enhance organizational performance has been the focus of Duane Taylor’s work for over 20 years in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Operations, Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Executive Training. He possess extensive experience proving technical assistance and trainings in the areas of: Business Process Reengineering, Leadership, Management, Conflict Resolution, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Fiscal Management, Team Building and Organizational Development for various corporations, non-profit and federal agencies. He has extensive expertise in providing technical assistance to over 100 FQHCs across the county as a consultant to HRSA, on:  Operational Enhancement, Fiscal Management, Board Governance and Clinical Performance Improvement. Duane has experience working with FQHCS to expand their scope, writing proposals for both expansion of services geographically and with service offerings. Additionally, Duane has been successful in assisting other health entities who wanted to become an FQHC Look –A-Like, develop competitive proposal that were successful.

Duane’s has over 13 years experience at Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers, wherein he provided over 1,800 trainings to FQHCs, assisted with performing various community needs assessment from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Hagerstown, Maryland.  

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