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Using Diversity Intelligence™ to Understand Equity and Diversity Leadership Capabilities | Diversity Fireside Chat with Claretha Hughes, Ph.D.

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom | Pacific Time (PDT)


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ISPI SoCal Presents a Diversity Fireside Chat with

Dr. Claretha Hughes, Professor of Human Resources & Workforce Development at the University of Arkansas 

In this ISPI SoCal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility interview, Dr. Claretha Hughes, Professor of Human Resources & Workforce Development at the University of Arkansas, and the Owner of Diversity Intelligence,™ LLC.

Session Description:

Participants in this session will learn why effective leadership includes four intelligence pillars:

  • Diversity Intelligence (DQ)
  • Intellectual Intelligence (IQ)
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Cultural Intelligences (CQ)


  • Learn applications for Diversity Intelligence™.
  • High-performing organizations conduct DQ desktop reviews (including company values and policies) and legal reviews (including executive orders and federal and local labor laws) to create an inclusive workplace. Learn why this is important.
  • Understand why treating all employees fairly, honestly, and with integrity is a strategic advantage. 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Claretha Hughes is a published author with numerous articles and chapters (over eighty) in peer-reviewed journals and has written fourteen books. She teaches at the University of Arkansas (UA) as a Human Resource & Workforce Development professor.

  • She has a Ph.D. in Career & Technical Education from Virginia Tech, an MBA from the University of Arkansas, a Masters in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Clemson University.
  • Her research is on people-centered values in the workplace, diversity intelligence, learning technologies, and workplace ethical and legal issues.
  • She is a Langevin Certified Master Trainer, Harvard Management Development Fellow, and a Darden School of Business Minority Executive Education Scholar.

Business Highlights:

  • Founder and President, Best Practice Services, an organizational project management consulting firm
  • Owner, Diversity Intelligence™ LLC, offering the Hughes and Liang Diversity Intelligence™ assessment
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Abbott Laboratories, and Burlington Industries: served in manufacturing leadership roles.

Professional Organization Service Highlights:

  • She has served as President of the Valleys of Virginia Chapter of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) - formerly ASTD.
  • She has presented at the ATD International Conference and Exposition.

Current Academic Highlights:

  • She serves as a book proposal reviewer for SAGE, Emerald, IGI Global, Palgrave Macmillan, and CyberTech Publishing.
  • She serves on the Editorial Board of Advances in Developing Human Resources Journal.
  • She serves as a grant proposal reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Past Academic Highlights:

  • She was the Director of the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) Honors Program.
  • She has served as a mentor for minority undergraduate research students in the former UA Carver Project Summer program.
  • She has served as an internal program reviewer at the University of Arkansas.
  • She has served as an external reviewer at the Department of Workforce Education and Development for Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
  • She has served as a Faculty-in-Residence at Clemson University.
  • She has served as a grant proposal reviewer for the Minority Business Development Agency in the United States Department of Commerce. She has also served as Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Research in Formation of Engineers grant. 


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