Meet Our Team
Anne Phibbs, PhD, is the Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals.
With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings.
Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 methods. As Director of Education at the University of Minnesota, she was responsible for developing and implementing their successful Certificate Program, a series of 10 workshops designed to increase capacity for diversity and inclusion work across every part of the institution.
A seasoned consultant, Anne is able to work with small and large organizations on a variety of diversity and inclusion needs, including diversity audits, diversity plans, customized training, and leadership development. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hannah Carney, M.Ed, is Strategic Diversity Initiatives' Director of Marketing and Operations. She is dedicated to cultivating a culture that values differences and is particularly skilled in the area of disability inclusion. Hannah has a Master's Degree in Adult Education and two certificates in Disability Services & Policy and Equity & Diversity from the University of Minnesota.
Strategic Diversity Initiatives has worked with a variety of organizations, including:
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
American Library Association
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Charter School Division
Big 10 Health Promotion & Services Meeting
City of Minneapolis - Community Planning & Economic Development
Cities of Bloomington, Minnetonka, and Richfield
Crow River Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Gustavus Adolphus College
Los Angeles County Library
Los Angeles Public Library
MaxAbility Southern MN Disability Employment Network
Metro Watershed Partners
Metropolitan State University
Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color
Minnesota Association of Government Communicators
Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN)
Minnesota College and University Career Services Association
Minnesota College Professionals Association
North Hennepin Community College
Ramalynn Montessori Academy
RS Eden, Supportive Housing, Recovery, and Corrections Services
Saint Paul College
St. Olaf College
University of California - San Diego
University of Minnesota – Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities
YWCA St. Paul