This 2 part series will take a look at the relationship between diversity, inclusion, equity and culture by defining each element and providing actionable steps that individuals can take to enhance their skills and advocate within their organization.
Rico Rice, MPH
Educator. Visionary. Social Advocate. Rico Rice, President of Rice Education Consulting, LLC a strategic consulting firm with the vision of “creating a positive generational effect” through the delivery of transformational learning resources to organizations and communities that facilitate the positive development of their most important assets: THEIR PEOPLE & THEIR CULTURE!! Rico is a respected trainer, facilitator and consultant in the areas of Social Justice (Diversity & Inclusion; Healthy Masculinity), Career Planning and Leadership Development. His experience includes training police departments, educational institutions and corporations as well as facilitating state and national conversations regarding education, masculinity and race. He has also created signature programs such as the Knowledge to Inspire the Next Generation (K.I.N.G. Program); a summer leadership program for Black high school males and “A Day in the Life” program which exposes black high school males to careers in Engineering, Accounting and Finance through partnerships with major companies in the Cincinnati Area. Rico gives back to the community through his annual Multicultural Scholarship & College Fair and as a servant leader through participation on the following boards and advisory councils: Richard T. Farmer School of Business Professional Advisory Council (Miami University), Deans Development Council (Northern Kentucky University College of Education), Breakthrough Cincinnati, New Orphan Asylum Scholarship Foundation, Keyz2Life. Rico is a 2003 graduate of Miami University (B.A.) and a 2006 graduate of the University Cincinnati (M.Ed.). Rico resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife, Lesli, and their four children: Adrianna, Rashaad, Kelli and Ryann.
Lesli Rice, MBA
Lesli Rice is a graduate of the US Bank/Haile College of Business at NKU (M.B.A. ’08) and Xavier University (B.S. ’01). She has worked as a Marketing Specialist for Ethnic Capabilities at Procter & Gamble and currently serves as Lead Strategist for Rice Education Consulting, LLC and Marketing Professor at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. With over 10 years of marketing experience on brands including Bounty, Charmin and Pampers as well as non-profit and community organizations, Lesli is a knowledgeable and passionate brand builder. Lesli is also an active volunteer and gives back to the community through her work as DECA Marketing Advisory Board member, Winners Walk Tall Character Building Coach and member of The Links, Incorporated and Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc. She is a Cincinnati native and still resides there with her husband, Rico (owner of Rice Education Consulting) and their 4 children; ages 15 to 2. She enjoys traveling, reading, cycling and playing/watching sports. Lesli has turned her personal passion for travel into a successful business as a Travel Consultant and publisher of the 4 Pack Adventures Travel Blog.