"I have worked with Erica Edwards O'Neal for several years and have found that she is the consummate professional. She tackles difficult and challenging topics with thoughtfulness, wit, aplomb, and grace. As a human being, she exhibits genuine warmth, kindness, humility, compassion - and most importantly, courage. It was a privilege to have her present to our group of aspiring diverse lawyers from across the country on cultural competence at the National Diversity Pre-Law Conference. The biggest takeaway from her approach to diversity talks/training is that we are flawed human beings and must become aware of the biases that we ALL have. We will make mistakes and sometimes not know how to handle certain situations. However, we must make a commitment to strive to keep learning, growing and to be better and do better - daily."
Erica Edwards-O'Neal is Founder and Principal of EEO Consults which assist organizations in developing more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces. For more than a decade, she has provided training and guidance on cultural competence, educational pipeline initiatives, professional development and a variety of diversity and inclusion related matters.
Erica has a long-standing commitment to diversity and public service, having had previous experiences serving as a Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, a Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Director of a Legislative Advocacy Coalition and as a Community Development Liaison.
Erica received her Bachelor's in Government from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center in Long Island, New York. Erica has been recognized by the TriState Diversity Council and the National Black Pre-law Conference for her work. She currently resides in New York with her husband and four daughters.
Any corporation or firm can benefit from the services provided by EEO Consults. The following areas of expertise are offered for your team:
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Diversity & Inclusion
Recruiting, Retention & Employment Pipeline
Higher Education Pipeline Program
Women's Leadership Development
"I have been fortunate to watch Erica give DEI presentations, twice. Once at a NALP conference, where she served as a panelist discussing the need for diversity officers for law schools, and how to create such a position. I then saw her speak at the Legal Inclusiveness and Diversity Summit where she discussed ways to have sustainable and effective D/I policies and practices.
For both presentations, she was engaging and provided information that was informative and thought-provoking. It's not enough for us to talk about the need for a more diverse and inclusive society; we need ideas to move us forward.
Erica did both."
"Erica Edwards O'Neal is a thought-leader on all things Inclusion & Diversity in organizations. She brings a wealth of experience to her work in this space as well as a unique balance of being strategically minded and execution-oriented. When it comes to providing best practices for organizational engagement, alignment and belonging in the D&I space, she provides unparalleled counsel to leaders of all levels. Erica, more than any other is adept at delivering sensitive conversations with both directness and finesse. Erica is also a gifted facilitator and speaker. Having worked with Erica for several years, I would recommend her expertise to any organization."