Anne Phibbs teaching a diversity workshop

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.

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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

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Big 10 Health Promotion & Services Meeting

Boston Scientific

Boston University

California Library Association

Carleton College

Century College

CHS Inc.

City of Minneapolis - Community Planning & Economic Development

Cities of Bloomington, Minnetonka, and Richfield

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Crow River Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Dakota County

Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)

eLearning Mind

Epilepsy Foundation

Eureka Recycling

First Unitarian Society

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hennepin County

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - Upper Midwest (HERC)

Los Angeles County Library

Los Angeles Public Library

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programs, Annual Meeting

MaxAbility Southern MN Disability Employment Network

McLeod Emergency Food Shelf


Metro Watershed Partners

Metropolitan State University

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC)

Minnesota Association of Government Communicators

Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN)

Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA)

Minnesota College and University Career Services Association

Minnesota College Professionals Association

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Mississippi Market


Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Academy

Normandale Community College

North Hennepin Community College

Pima Community College, Tucson

Poway Unified School District, California

Primrose School of Maple Grove

Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)

Ramalynn Montessori Academy

RBC Global Asset Management

RS Eden, Supportive Housing, Recovery, and Corrections Services

Saint Paul College

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Hopkins

St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s)

St. Olaf College

The Improve Group

University of California - San Diego

University of Minnesota – Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities

University of North Carolina

University of Utah

University of Washington

U.S. Bank

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5

Washington County

Washington University in St. Louis

YWCA St. Paul


I am so grateful for the time you spent with the faculty at our retreat.  You did a terrific job of facilitating the discussion, meeting us where we are and moving us along the continuum from “we don’t know what we don’t know” toward “we know what we know.”

 I’ve heard very positive comments from colleagues about our time with you, and I know there is energy among the faculty to continue the discussion.
— - Associate Dean, Public Policy Program
Anne is a gifted presenter, specifically on these complex and nuanced topics. I so appreciate every session and find them and Anne so engaging. Her abilities to teach about diversity and equity at different levels of understanding and in an engaging way is truly unique and rare.

— Student Affairs Staff