Diversity Management Specialization M.A.

Alumni Profiles and Testimonials

amy hochadel

Amy Hochadel

Dr. Hochadel is the Global Cities Lead at Future Cities Catapult in London, England.  Future Cities Catapult is funded by the UK government to accelerate urban ideas to market, grow the economy and make cities better. They bring together a diverse group of entities including, businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.

Dr. Hochadel is a prominent alumnus of the Cleveland State University Diversity Management Program which provided her with a solid foundation in culturally competent leadership, aptly preparing her for successful global engagement. She develops projects and works with private clients and governments in the United Arab Emirates, India, Brazil, Malaysia, China and across the United Kingdom and European Union.  She has a Doctorate from King’s College London in Global Political Economy, and specializes in enabling local governments around the world to build international economies and future resilience. She works with local mayors and government officials to ‘future-proof’ cities against 21st Century challenges including climate change, traffic congestion, flood mitigation, energy efficiency and others, all with the goal of improving urban life for the citizens living in our global cities.

Dr. Hochadel has over two decades of experience in politics & public policy and community & government relations and is a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She has served as special adviser to Congressional and Presidential candidates across the United States, as well as for British Members of Parliament. She served specifically here in Cleveland under Mayor Jane Campbell as the senior team member, Special Advisor and Campaign Field Director and as the National Field Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for Representative Dennis Kucinich.

Dr. Hochadel is currently working on creating a National Innovation Hub for India's 100 Smart Cities. In 2015 India Prime Minister Modi announced that India would establish 100 smart cities to bring India's urban areas into the 21st century and beyond.  As Global City Lead at Future Cities Catapult Dr. Hochadel heads a diverse team working with the Government of India, Indian Cities, businesses, universities and other key stakeholders to build a' Virtual and Physical Hub' that will connect India's 100 smart cities both through a national online repository of smart city initiatives and supported by a programme of physical activities that will help local elected officials deliver smart city plans that truly improve the lives for all Indians.  The Smart City Hub will be the first of it's kind initiative to connect 100 smart cities across an entire country while also acting as a mechanism to bring global best practice and businesses into India.

India Pierce Lee

India Pierce Lee

Click to listen to a testimonial from India Lee the Cleveland Foundation's Senior Vice President of Programs.

Dan Veloski

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"DMP provides the Police Officers with a working knowledge and useful skill sets in areas that may sometimes be overlooked in the public safety training arena and I highly recommend it." Click to read more about Dan Veloski

Damaris Price 2"The skills I use on a daily basis in my role as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant for Working River were largely honed in the DMP.  This program offered not only an academic experience, but also an experiential and pragmatic one.  We were not just learning - we were doing."

 In 2006, I was leading the management training and diversity function for my former employer.  Though I was experienced, I was largely self-trained. The work increasingly evolved into leadership development – skills that are quite different from management training. It put me in close proximity with coaches and consultants.  I remember asking them what I would need to do to transition my career more toward this path.  Their advice and a bit of research pointed me to the DMP program.

The relationships I established with DMP faculty led me to my current career path as a consultant and a practicing coach. Years ago neither were in my crystal ball.  But they are indeed in my reality, in large part, because of the DMP.

Thomas Hawn
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I spent more than 25 years in the corporate and nonprofit worlds and I currently provide strategic consulting services, coaching and diversity & inclusion training for both. The master's degree in Diversity Management has given me the knowledge and skills to be able to facilitate diverse groups, help organization and individuals to use their own skills to improve the effectiveness of their organizations and strategies.

The mix of traditional academic faculty and adjunct real world practitioners made the learning applicable. Not only did I learn the “why” but, I also learned the skills to apply the training to real life situations immediately. The addition of an executive coach to help guide you through your learning agenda was of great help and support during the program."

DMP has allowed me increased opportunities to work with organizations on issues of inclusion and cultural competency. The degree has increased my “credibility” with organizations and individuals. Because of the program I have been able to deliver training to several large public organizations and help them to update policies regarding inclusion.

CSU is the only University to offer such a program. Designed like many Executive MBA programs, this was the right kind of time commitment for me to be able to pursue the degree and remain active in my work and volunteer activities. And it was reasonably priced and high in value.

paul putman

Paul Putman 2Click to listen to a testimonial from Paul Putman a graduate of the program