Our Team2018-07-09T10:44:44+00:00


The team at Diamond Strategies has over 100 years of combined, award-winning experience in inspiring, achieving, and celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are skilled, passionate, accessible, and committed to building and maintaining healthy and vibrant environments. Our clients and community are our extended family, in all of their unique glory, and we treat them as such. This unlocks latent potential, enhances learning and performance, and increases productivity, whether it be in the classroom, boardroom or community.

It has been said, “the best teams are made up of ‘nobodies,’ who love everybody, serve anybody, and don’t care about becoming a ‘somebody.’” At Diamond Strategies, our objectives are clear, our roles are defined and balanced, our communication is open and authentic, and our number one priority is you. Our clients need hard work, not hubris, because as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “the heights” by great people “reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

Diamond Strategies team photo

At Diamond Strategies, our objectives are clear, our roles are defined and balanced, our communication is open and authentic, and our number one priority is you.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

More About Dr. Whitaker

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. is Founder and CEO of the Diamond Strategies, LLC (DSC), Editor-in-Chief of MCUVO!CE – MyClickUrban, and a Co-Founder and Executive Team member of Just Communities Arizona.  He is decorated educator, historian, author, social justice advocate, motivational speaker, and founder the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where was a professor of history for 16 years.  He was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award, and received ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life and culture.  His expertise lies in U.S. history, African American history, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion, teaching excellence, and community partnerships.  He has edited three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West.  His forthcoming memoir is The Undisputed Truth: A Revolutionary Journey to Black Manhood.  He has spoken throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, and Ireland.  He has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET,  and can be followed on Twitter at @Dr_Whitaker and DSC can be followed on Twitter at @dstategiesllc.

Rory Gilbert, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM
Rory Gilbert, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRMSenior Vice President
Mary C. Radcliffe, Ed.D.
Mary C. Radcliffe, Ed.D.Senior Vice President
Cassondra L. Whitaker
Cassondra L. WhitakerSenior Project Manager
Covey L. Whitaker
Covey L. WhitakerProject Manager and Executive Assistant
Michelle Dew
Michelle DewSenior Advisor, Facilitator, Trainer and Coach
Anastacia Whitaker
Anastacia WhitakerProgram Assistant and Event Coordinator
Jackson Whitaker
Jackson WhitakerProgram Assistant and Event Coordinator
Thomas McDonald
Thomas McDonaldProgram and Event Intern