"If you truly want to see your company become more innovative, high-performing, and authentic with a true commitment to belonging, Dr. Anita will help you get there.”
SVP of Human Capital
Rehrig Pacific Company
"Our company is privately owned and led by the great-grandson of the original founder. As a manufacturer and supply chain solutions provider, we have nearly 50 locations throughout the country to better serve our customers. This structure sometimes leads to unique challenges as we try to communicate our mission, vision, and values and develop our leaders and team members; however, we believed that we were doing our best to uphold our guiding principles. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, our leadership team understood the need to address the inequities in our own system in order to remain true to our culture. We knew we were good; we also knew we could be better. As a member of the leadership team and the head of our Human Capital function, I took the lead in finding a consultant who could support our efforts. We spoke to several consulting firms during our vetting process. It became apparent very quickly that Dr. Anita was best equipped to partner with us for several reasons: – Dr. Anita is well-versed in Korn Ferry competencies, which we use to develop our core performance behaviors and learning programs that increase our leadership effectiveness. She incorporated our established guiding principles into our journey. – Dr. Anita is certified in psychological safety concepts and applications that help leaders provide the environment that allows team members to show up as their authentic selves and speak to their true feelings. – Dr. Anita is an excellent facilitator. She knows when to let the conversation flow, and she knows when to pull the group back when it veers off track. She is skilled at giving everyone in the room a voice and space to be heard. – Dr. Anita understood that as a leadership team, the journey had to start with us. I can’t stress this enough; the journey must start with the leadership team’s journey, leading to a personal commitment to the success of the journey. This is no one-and-done situation; true commitment to belonging must be embedded into the culture in a very real way from the top down in order to be effective. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the leadership team must be on board for the entire trip. – Dr. Anita demonstrated the courage to put her hand up and challenge the team. She pushed us to focus on our own belonging as a team before moving forward with the rest of the company. Because of that, we are a stronger, more effective, and bolder team than we had ever been. We now have the stamina to make belonging a reality in our company. – Dr. Anita’s follow-up is exceptional. She provided a summary of our sessions, including action items and a plan forward. By the end of our Mastermind sessions, we had a commitment statement, a Strategic Implementation Plan for the leadership team, and a consolidated 5-point plan for all of the functions in the company. As a result of Dr. Anita’s 6-month Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging C-suite Mastermind, we are now equipped to drive our strategic and functional plans through the company. Our Belonging initiatives are incorporated into our business strategies, learning and development programs, hiring practices, and performance management. We know we are still at the early stages of our belonging journey, and it is very satisfying to know we now have a map to follow. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Anita as a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging consultant. If you truly want to see your company become more innovative, high-performing, and authentic with a true commitment to belonging, Dr. Anita will help you get there."
"Dr. Anita is the perfect consultant for our current phase as a non-profit. We are focused specifically on how we can more intentionally align our racial equity and diversity framework into every facet of the business. What we most appreciate about Dr. Anita’s style is her ability to connect the dots in terms of how we show up as individuals who happen to have executive positions with the responsibility of leading others. It’s always about prioritizing relationships that foster a deep sense of belonging."
VP of Talent & Culture
"Dr. Anita brings a fresh and engaging perspective to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the workplace. Her webinars are insightful, and she is talented at leading authentic conversations while leaving an organization with long-lasting tools and strategies. I highly recommend Dr. Anita as a thought leader and innovator in DEI&B."
Beverlyn Mendez, Ed.D.
Easterseals Southern California
"The Rehrig Pacific leadership team and I are incredibly excited to have chosen Dr. Anita Polite-Wilson to guide us through our journey towards greater Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We pride ourselves on our value of Family and to truly represent that requires that everyone feels a sense of belonging. Not only will our journey satisfy our Values, reaching our goals will drive improved results for our business.
In the brief time that we have been engaged with Dr. Anita, she has demonstrated a commitment to each Rehrig Pacific Family member that goes far beyond what is normally expected in a consultative relationship. Dr. Anita has a fantastic mix of insightful, tough questions and a supporting, caring method. I am positive that Rehrig Pacific will meet our goal of becoming a more diverse, inclusive company with Dr. Anita’s help and I am thrilled that she is working with us."
Rehrig Pacific Company
"Dr. Anita’s unique guidance in Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging is not only well researched and practical but also edifying and inspiring. She demonstrates that by inviting everyone to the table to share openly and honestly, we can peel away our individual and collective biases and affect change together.
As a Mexican-American woman disheartened by unsettling trends in our culture, I came away hopeful that we can make significant progress toward inclusivity. Her workshop was an 'a-ha' experience that confirmed my inner hopes and highest values. It provided me with a heightened clarity on this complex subject—a transformative tool that will prove invaluable both in my personal and professional life. Thank you, Dr. Anita, you are a person that is and will always be a life changer!"
Rachel E. Ramirez
Performance Excellence Partners, LLC
"I didn't want the day to get away without telling you how much your presentation (Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: A Primer) touched a couple of attendees, including me. One of my dear friends who attended told me she could have listened to you talk for another hour. Another dear friend of mine was so moved by your personal stories, as you could see, that she couldn't hold back the tears. What a wonderful gift you gave all of us from a different perspective, unlike what's seen every day in the media. You brought it home in a way that touched our hearts and we won't soon forget. Thank you."
"I invited Dr. Anita to facilitate a workshop for my leadership team that was the kickoff for a new series. Within the first 10 minutes of observing her, I knew I had chosen the right facilitator.
Although she and I had only spoken once, it was clear that she listened between the lines and knew exactly what I wanted for my team based on our conversation.
After my opening remarks, I had intended to stay for a short time. But I was so impressed that I rescheduled another meeting and stayed for 75% of the session.
I mentioned that Dr. Anita kicked off a new leadership series for my team and after the group had experienced another facilitator, they overwhelmingly said, 'Please bring Dr. Anita back!' And I was happy to do so."
Partner, COO, CFO
“What our team loved most about working with Dr. Anita were her practical tools, real-world activities, and an atmosphere of engagement. The experiential learning was so impactful that people were immediately able to make connections back to situations they had experienced prior to the workshop and leave with strategies to implement the very next day.”
VP of Marketing
Joan M. Clark
JM Clark and Company
"As CEO of JM Clark and Company and former Senior HRVP, with overall responsibility for three business groups and 20K people; I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Anita for approximately ten years.
I have seen her in action, in front of all-size groups as a speaker and facilitator. Dr. Anita and I worked together as consultants, most recently with MGM in Las Vegas, facilitating D&I sessions throughout the organization.
In addition to being a subject matter expert on D&I, two of Dr. Anita’s many gifts are authenticity and the ability to connect with individuals at all levels within an organization. Dr. Anita has a way of sharing information that not only enables learning but creates an environment where participants feel safe to share and learn.
Dr. Anita understands the importance of diversity and inclusion to an organization’s success and is able to facilitate in a way that appeals to, and aligns with the business. As good as her technical skills, experience, and demonstrated results are; her personal qualities and characteristics are every bit as remarkable.
Dr. Anita’s work ethic, open-mindedness, and ability to grasp and share key concepts are top drawer. An excellent communicator, a person of high integrity, and a trusted colleague, and partner serve as the foundation for her success.
I would hire Dr. Anita in a minute. She is the kind of person people want to work with and for and would be an outstanding addition to any team and organization."
"My experience with Dr. Anita has absolutely been phenomenal. Since my first interaction with her, which has only been a few weeks, I feel a sense of trust, honesty, and integrity. Her commitment to supporting her clients is unprecedented, and I’m truly excited about having her lead us on this journey of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Rehrig Pacific."
SVP of Sales & Marketing
Rehrig Pacific Company