René Redwood is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on diversity and an advocate for inclusion. She has a quantifiable record of success as a thought leader, trainer, strategist, and senior counsel to a host of non-profit organizations and government agencies. For more than two decades, René has informed the debate on access and equal opportunity while directing initiatives for public, non-profit, and private sector organizations.
René began Redwood Enterprise, LLC after she won a historic discrimination settlement agreement with a Fortune 500 company. René is a skilled moderator trained at the Research in Values and Attitudes Institute (RIVA), and is a yearlong Fellow “Leading from the Inside” for the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She is often described as smart, strategic, and energetic, and has been featured in publications such as Time, Black Enterprise, American Editor, Elle, and Essence.
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René was awarded the LivEqual Medal from the National Security Agency in recognition of protecting our nation's cyber security.
René facilitated a session on making the case for equity and fairness in gender at the Women in Technology Summit.
René rang in the close of the NASDAQ on behalf of Women in Technology International in honor of her work helping women made progress in the tech industry.
René was awarded the Igniting Change Award from Ms Foundation for her 8 years of service on the board.
From Founding Fan to Advisor! René was appointed to the Advisory Board for the WNBA Washington Mystics.
René was awarded the Phenomenal Woman Award for Women-Owned Business Servant Leadership from the NCBCP Black Women's Roundtable.
René was awarded the Freedom’s Sisters honor for "continuing the legacy of African American women for courageous, spirited trailblazing that has helped to shape our country" presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and The Smithsonian Institute.
René was featured in Elle for her incredible networking prowess and her connection to the biggest women movers and shakers in DC .
René was appointed to the NARAL Pro-Choice Board of Directors.
René advised The White House Project on the design of a diverse Barbie who was running for President.
René started Redwood Enterprise, LLC, a consulting practice that provides strategies and structures on diversity and inclusion.
René was appointed to The Oversight Task Force for Coca-Cola North America. Her involvement led to a settlement agreement in a landmark discrimination lawsuit.
René filed an Amicus Brief in support of the University of Michigan's ability to consider race and gender of an individual for undergrad admission for their law school.
René was featured in Time, where she discussed Affirmative Action policies and her belief in the erosion of values as the reason for a major cause in the "performance gap" between white and black people.
René was featured in Essence, crediting Affirmative Action policies for her incredible accomplishments and detailing discriminatory practices found in unviersities, companies, and organizations.
René was appointed Executive Director of the Presidential Glass Ceiling Commission (Mandated by the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Title II), a bipartisan Presidential Commission.
René was born to Jamaican immigrant parents who both served their country in the military.