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Rene Redwood

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 (RAVI), 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.

 

Learn more about René's incredible personal and professional accomplishments by scrolling down or click to the right to download her biography and resume. 

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2019

René was awarded the LivEqual Medal from the National Security Agency in recognition of protecting our nation's cyber security.

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2019

René facilitated a session on making the case for equity and fairness in gender at the Women in Technology Summit.

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2018

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.

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2016

René was awarded the Igniting Change Award from Ms Foundation for her 8 years of service on the board. 

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2014

From Founding Fan to Advisor! René was appointed to the Advisory Board for the WNBA Washington Mystics. 

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2012

René was awarded the Phenomenal Woman Award for Women-Owned Business Servant Leadership from the NCBCP Black Women's Roundtable.

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2009

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. 

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2008

René was featured in Elle for her incredible networking prowess and her connection to the biggest women movers and shakers in DC . 

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2006

René was appointed to the NARAL Pro-Choice Board of Directors.

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2004

René advised The White House Project on the design of a diverse Barbie who was running for President.

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2003

René started Redwood Enterprise, LLC, a consulting practice that provides strategies and structures on diversity and inclusion.

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2001

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.   

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2000

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. 

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1999

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. 

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1999

René was featured in Essence, crediting Affirmative Action policies for her incredible accomplishments and detailing discriminatory practices found in unviersities, companies, and organizations. 

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1991

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. 

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Last Century

René was born to Jamaican immigrant parents who both served their country in the military.

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