Guest Scholars


Selena Blankenship, Ph.D.

Selena Blankenship, Ph.D., holds a degree in Adult Education, Human Resources and Organizational Development emphasis, from the University of Georgia. She has spent the majority of her career in high poverty schools working with at-risk youth, both in the classroom and as an administrator. Dr. Blankenship has presented at both the national and international levels on knowledge sharing, professional development, school climate and culture, and family engagement. Her current school, Hilsman Middle, is a Professional Development School in partnership with the University of Georgia Middle Grades program.

Dr. Blankenship will contribute on topics related to equity in schools, emphasis K-12; the link between academic achievement and socioeconomic status; education policy and reform; teacher professional development; and the role of the family in student success.

1511147_961892997163783_3124804666922429035_n Tonya Dillard, Ed.D.

Dr. Tonya Dillard is an educational leader with over 30 years of experience in the K-12 public sector as a teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal and principal. Dr. Dillard has been a site administrator at elementary and secondary schools. Her experience includes leading in diverse school settings including traditional, international baccalaureate, and bilingual/dual language schools encompassing all racial/ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels.

Because of Dr. Dillard’s unique experience and perspective, she has participated on numerous task forces, initiatives and special assignments including as a presenter on the Florida Education Channel  “Spotlight on Best Practices in Reading;”  presenter for  the 2015 Miami Dade County Public Schools Community Engagement Leadership Conference; Bilingual Programs Task Force; District Task Force to reform Leadership Preparation Programs; and Principal on Special Assignment (SAP e-Recruiting Implementation).  She has received accolades both locally and nationally including National Award for Technology Educators from Media One, Miami Dade County Mayor’s Recognition for “Education and Research ” and Miami Dade County Public Schools Region 1 Assistant Principal of the Year.

Dr. Dillard characterizes her role as principal as one of extreme importance (second only to that of parents and teachers) with ultimate responsibility for shaping a shared vision of academic success and fostering a school culture of excellence. She received an associate of arts in business from the University of Florida; bachelor of science in business administration from Florida A&M University; master of arts in mathematics and doctor of education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She has also completed the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at Harvard University and the Principal’s Leadership Development Program at Florida International University – Business School Center for Leadership.

As a Guest Social Scholar, Dr. Dillard will share insights she has gained from working in diverse school settings, from affluent to impoverished schools, and her perspective on education policy and reform, teacher development and parent-teacher partnerships that enable student success.


Dr. Shelton J. GoodeDr. Shelton J. Goode

Dr. Goode is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Oshkosh Corporation, a global company that is the leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the primary markets of defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment and fire & emergency.  Every day Dr. Goode “rolls up his sleeves” and provides senior executives with counsel, insight, resources, tools and creative ideas that help advance the company’s strategic business goals. His expertise is using seasoned leadership and consulting skills to help leaders at all levels of the company to manage diverse work teams and cultivate inclusive work environments.

Dr. Shelton Goode is an executive leader with over 20 years of human resource, business and university-teaching experience.  Has held executive human resource and diversity positions for companies ranging in size from $300M to $11B+ and has developed or implemented talent management programs, performance management systems, sales incentive plans, labor relations strategies, and large-scale culture change initiatives. As a result, he has earned the reputation as a strategic, yet results-oriented HR and business leader.

Dr. Goode, the author of “Diversity Managers:  Angels of Mercy or Barbarians at the Gate”, learned the value of diversity management first-hand by rolling up his sleeves and providing CEOs and senior executives with counsel, insight, resources, tools and innovative ideas that helped advanced their companies’ strategic business goals. For the last 10 years, he has leverage seasoned leadership and consulting skills to help companies implement diversity manage initiatives which enhanced their talent acquisition, employee retention, and employee engagement strategies.

Dr. Goode has also used his knowledge and experience to teach and mentor others.  In 1993, he was awarded the first-ever African American Doctoral Fellowship by Troy University and began teaching at the university in 1996.  Since that time, he has been dedicated to helping adult learners achieve their educational goals.  For example, as an Adjunct Professor at Troy University, Dr. Goode taught thousands of students in school’s Masters in Public Administration program.  His teaching excellence was recognized when he received the schools prestigious Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2005.   Dr. Goode leveraged his extensive teaching experience to publish his first book, So You Think You Can Teach: A Guide for the New College Professor in Teaching Adult Learners” He is also the founder and CEO of My ABD Network, an organization which helps diverse students succeed in doctoral education programs.


TimoGoodly_Timthy W. Goodly, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Timothy W. Goodly is President of the Goodly Consulting Group, an organization focused on executive coaching and management consulting. Using nearly 30 years of executive leadership, academic training, and his vast experience in organizational development, Dr. Goodly’s consulting practice utilizes neuroscience insights on how the brain works and advanced training in emotional intelligence to enhance the effectiveness of leaders and teams through better problem solving, decision-making and collaboration. His current and past engagements include assignments with clients in all sectors of the workplace – educational, public, private and non-profit organizations.  He also serves as Executive Director of the newly-created Organizational Development Program at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.

Dr. Goodly’s highly successful corporate career includes prominent assignments with Fortune 100 companies.  After graduating from West Point and serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he worked in various HR roles for Mobil Corporation and Pepsi-Cola Company across the country.  Most recently, in his role as senior vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), he was the top HR executive and was responsible for the development of human resources strategies and initiatives and for several Turner divisions, most notably, CNN Worldwide.  While at West Point, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He later earned a master of business administration at Tulane University and a doctorate in organizational development at Benedictine University.  He is also a distinguished lecturer for Benedictine University, where he serves as an adjunct professor and is a frequent presenter on organizational development and human resources topics.

In Dr. Goodly’s research (Unfolding the Roadmap to Success: A Grounded Theory Study of the Role of Agency and Structure in the Upward Mobility of African American Men), he examined the agency-structure debate among scholars on the unique challenges and solutions to the problems facing African Americans in climbing the ladder of success. As a Guest Scholar, Dr. Goodly will share his knowledge gleaned from his personal experience as a corporate executive, his education and scholarship in organization and career development, particularly relevant to people of color, and his training and consultancy in leadership effectiveness.  



Cheryl Jordan, Ph.D.

With over 30 years of experience building the capability of others, Dr. Cheryl Jordan is a change agent, leadership and team development master, wellness promoter and life/executive coach with a proven track record for demonstrating creative, innovative and progressive thought leadership.  She effectively guides teams, leaders, and women, to come from a place of inspiration, to imagine stellar outcomes and to execute on their dreams, aspirations and goals.

Cheryl received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking and received a fellowship to pursue her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Cincinnati. Her doctoral research was on the strategies that Black women executives use against systems of marginalization and oppression in private corporations. Cheryl will contribute periodically to The Social Scholar on issues of power in corporate America and on enabling leadership effectiveness, healthy organizational systems, and individual and team success.

Cheryl presents internationally on the topic of women in leadership.  Previous speaking engagements include the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference in Toulouse, France, the International Leadership Association in Vancouver and London, and the International Leadership Association’s Women & Leadership Affinity Group Inaugural Conference in Monterey, California.  She also presents at women’s wellness conferences and keynoted at the Center for Disease Control women’s history month program on the topic of women in STEM fields and innovation; the Twist Conference for Women in Leadership in Charlotte; the Produce Marketing Association Women’s Conference; and participated as a panelist for the National Association for African American HR professionals and the Ismali Muslim Women’s Leadership Conference. Cheryl was recognized as one of the top 50 Communication Arts alumni at the University of Cincinnati in October 2014.

Dr. Jordan founded “U.magine Performance in 2012, an organization providing a framework for transformation and self-actualization to positively affect the lives of individuals wanting to thrive in a space of passionate leadership and purpose. She resides in Atlanta. Website:


BWilliamsBouvier Williams, Ed.D.

Bouvier Williams, Ed.D., is the founder and President of and author of a career development blog called  He has over 20 years of experience in providing human capital solutions to global organizations in the Fortune 500 and is recognized for his expertise in coaching and personal branding.  Bouvier uses a collaborative coaching approach to help senior executives across industries to maximize their personal brands, master transition, and achieve strategic impact.

Previously he was the Senior Director of Talent Development at DSM North America from 2014 to 2015.  Before DSM, he was Vice President of Talent, Learning and Leadership at Viacom Media Networks from 2005 to 2013.  He served as a Vice President in Organization Development at JPMorgan Chase, Inc. from 1999 to 2004.  Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Bouvier was Assistant Director of Performance Management in Corporate HR at Ernst & Young, LLP from 1997 to 1999.  Earlier in his career, he gained valuable generalist experience as a HR Manager in the Global Transactions Services group at Citibank, N.A. from 1993 to 1997.

Bouvier currently serves as an Advisory Board member at Patheer, Inc., a Quincy, MA based technology start-up and is also a current member of Talent Management Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.  He has also been on the Board of the National Association of African Americans in HR Greater New York Chapter from 2011 to 2013.

His work has been recognized by Speakeasy, Inc. who made him an inaugural recipient of the 2012 Leaders Edge Award for inspired leadership.  The Tri-State Diversity Council honored him with their 2012 Multi-Cultural Leadership Award. named him one of America’s Diversity Champions in 2011.  He is also a recipient of the 2010 Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader Award by Diversity MBA Magazine.

Bouvier received his Doctor of Education degree in Learning and Leadership in 2014 from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in 1993 with an MBA in Human Resources Management and Marketing.  Bouvier received his B.S. in Photography from St. Johns University in 1986.

He currently resides in New York City with his lovely wife Jacqueline.