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GWS Advisory Council

Our Global Women's Summits has established a consortium of individuals from both public and private sectors to provide non-binding, but informed guidance, while serving as allies in our quest for superior corporate governance, community enrichment,  and individual responsibility. If you would like to become a part of the ONA Advisory Council, please send an email message along with your biography to
Susan Popoola

Director of Conning Towers HR Consultancy and Author of 'Touching the Heart Of Milton Keynes: A Social Perspective and ‘Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain’
Reamick Lo


Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Leadership Expert, Communications Specialist, Remick Lo Consulting

Susan has more than 15-years’ experience in private, public, and voluntary sectors of human resources and community related projects. Her education background includes a Masters in Human Resource Strategy & Change. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a British multi-disciplinary institution, based in London. For more information about Susan Popoola, visit:


With more than ten years' experience of public speaking and coaching for senior politicians, media professionals, and aspiring speakers, Reamick brings her well-spring of knowledge and influence to the platforms of ONA. Reamick's award-winning career includes work as a marketing expert in an advertising firm in Vancouver, Canada, and rich experience in strategic planning, project implementation, and partnership development.
Deborah Levine


Author, Multicultural Sensitivity Advocate, Cross Cultural Instructor, Deborah Levine Enterprises, LLC
Mercedes Martin


Executive Leadership Development Coach and Talent Management Consultant at Ernst & Young


Deborah is an award-winning author, trainer, and inspirational speaker. Her lifetime passion for cross-cultural work began with a childhood as one of few Jewish families in the British colony of Bermuda and grew with her insertion into the New York City area in grade school.

As a teenage activist, she joined her first civil rights picket line in 1965, was an early volunteer with SNCC, and joined the first Women’s Liberation March in NYC circa 1970. With degrees in cultural anthropology and urban planning, Deborah spent decades developing cultural programming.


Having served as an executive for Jewish advocacy organizations across the USA, Deborah is now headquartered in Tennessee and consults on projects that broaden the Southern - Global Connection.  As a regional civic leader, Deborah has won awards from TN Economic Task Force on Women and Girls Inc,/Chattanooga. For more information about Deborah Levine, visit:

Mercedes Martin is a dynamic senior executive with an extensive management background. Directing high-level organizational development, talent management, and diversity initiatives for large multi-national organizations, Mercedes has pioneered global diversity and leadership development programs in Africa, South, and Central America.

A native Spanish speaker, bilingual in Spanish and English, Mercedes is a lauded presenter and consultant in the areas of organizational assessment, cultural globalization, and leadership development. She has orated to such groups as National Organizational Development Network (ODN), Society of Intercultural Education and Training and Research (SIETAR), The Conference Board, and National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)


Mercedes serves as Executive Leadership Development Coach and Talent Management Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, advisory services and strategic growth markets. She oversees the South America Region at EY where she incorporates a strategic business focus, cross-cultural analysis, and global mindset to all programs.
Dr. Cheryl Seals-Gonzalez


Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, University of North Florida


Cheryl chairs the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development. The 2013 Jacksonville Business Journal Diversity Award recipient and 2012 Leadership Jacksonville graduate sits on numerous community-oriented boards as a civic volunteer and servant leader.
Anita Nahal, Ph.D., CDP


Certified Diversity Professional, educationist, professor, author, poet, dancer, and Founder & Chairperson of Diversity Discover


Anita is a Diversity Consultant who also serves as the Mellon Fellowship Program Administrator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her past positions include: Assistant Provost for International Programs, Howard University, Washington D.C.; Visiting Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York; Associate Professor of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India; and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia & Howard University, Washington D.C.  Some achievements include: Visiting Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender at the University of California at Berkeley, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an NEH Summer Seminar Award winner. 


Besides two academic books, Nahal has written one book of poems, three children’s books, and over 30 articles for journals and blogs. She writes periodically on LinkedIn as well.  Nahal is deeply involved in community service in women’s & children’s issues, diversity & multiculturalism, education achievement gap and Medicare. Read more about Nahal at: or at:


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