State of the State Presenter

Presenter: Tameka Taylor, Ph.D., CDE, Compass Consulting Services, Beachwood, Ohio


Tameka L. Taylor, Ph.D., CDE  is one partner and consultant of Compass Consulting Services, LLC located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to this venture, she worked at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio (formerly NCCJ) where she served the organization for 14 years and her last several years as Vice President & Director of Leadership Development.  

She earned her undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, her Masters Degrees from Bowling Green State University, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University.  Tameka has also completed the Executive Coaching Certification from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.  She’s certified in the Hogan Personality Inventory Assessment.  She is also a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE).  She has been licensed by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT) vendor-consultant. Prior to joining the staff at The Diversity Center, Dr. Taylor worked in student affairs at Bowling Green State University and Mount Union College.

During her time at The Diversity Center, she facilitated discussions on diversity issues (race, religion, socioeconomics and physical ability) for both youth and adults.  Other areas of her expertise are communication, team building, anti-bullying, facilitation skills and conflict management.  She built the In-school programming and Professional Development for the organization.  Most recently, Dr. Taylor ran the LeadDIVERSITY program.  She oversaw all of the Program initiatives for The Diversity Center.  She helped to start the Middle School program and launched the LeadDIVERSITY Alumni Association. Dr. Taylor also counsels students and families at a local high school through the Shaker Youth Center.  In addition, she has also taught graduate level courses at Kent State University and Walsh University.

Currently, Tameka is involved in several community related diversity committees, organizations, and initiatives.  Tameka is involved with and has served on an ad-hoc committee for the Diversity Professionals Group for the Commission on Economic Inclusion.  Tameka is active on the Health Equity Consortium and Cultural Links Program.   Additionally, she is a President Council’s Scholars Program Mentor.  Since becoming an entrepreneur she has gotten involved in COSE as a MindSpring expert in diversity, conflict management, and leadership and Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NOMSDC).  Tameka is a graduate of the 2010 Emerging Entrepreneur Program through The President’s Council. She’s one of the co-chairs for the Diversity Alumni Network (DAN) for Baldwin-Wallace College.  She serves on the following boards:  Friendly Inn Settlement and WomenSafe, Inc.\

Dr. Taylor has received many awards including: Kaleidoscope Magazine Forty/Forty Club Inductee; Legacy Plaza Dedication Honoree, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio; Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Salute to Greater Cleveland’s Entrepreneurs Award of Achievement; Women of Distinction Award from Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio; President’s Distinguished Service Award, Bowling Green State University.  She was inducted as a lifetime member into the 2010-2011 Edition of the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.