Shaara is passionate about advising companies on creating successful strategies on organization design, values alignment in hiring and leadership, eliminating toxic stressors in the workplace and fostering engaged and productive teams. Shaara is a frequent speaker on the role of company culture in driving employee and business success. Prior to founding The Silverene Group, Shaara held executive leadership positions at CGI, Fannie Mae, NRECA and Visa. Born in, Bombay, India, raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and educated in the UK, Shaara’s global upbringing provided the foundation for her distinctive expertise in crafting winning workplace strategies for multinational organizations. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and serves on two non-profit boards. As a working mom, Shaara is busy on weekends cheering her teenage kids in their various activities.
Jinay is a multi-tasking project manager who brings her organizational, communication and customer service experience to bear every day in support of the team. Her strong personal and task management experiences keep things moving! In addition to keeping us super-organized behind the scenes, she also gets to work with clients on projects. Jinay, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, also brings her expertise and perspective as an administrative assistant for offshore companies in her native country Panama to the team. She is pursuing her Associate’s degree in Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College. She loves to spend time with her daughter and working as a certified makeup artist.
Principal, Leadership Development
Fiona helps professionals explore new perspectives, build personal resilience and create momentum in their lives. As a coach, diversity and organization development consultant she draws on her 25-year HR career at Accenture and Lockheed Martin, where she led work on executive talent management, leadership development, succession planning, recruitment, employee engagement and D&I initiatives. At Accenture she created the LGBTQ network and ensured future sponsorship. Fiona received a MA in HR Management from Westminster University and a BA in Politics and History from Birmingham University in the UK. She has a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, is a Leadership Circle Certified Coach and a CliftonStrenghts Certified Coach. She is a keen cyclist, loves the outdoors and is a parent to two teens.
Leadership Coach, DE&I Consultant
Miche’La “MJ” is a change management practitioner, leadership coach and facilitator with 25 years of experience in all facets of HR programming, policy, and practices including: Talent Acquisition, Human Capital Consulting, Talent Strategy, Performance Management, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is frequently called upon to define or refine people strategies, execute effective change management, share unique perspectives, and provide thought leadership. She has introduced best in class HR technologies and automation, improving data analytics to help leaders make talent decisions. She has re-imagined talent processes to increase equity and effectiveness. More importantly, she excels at working hands on to resolve complex people challenges. MJ has small business, non-profit, and government contracting experience, in addition to large corporate experience with GEICO, Target Corporation, ADP, and Deloitte. She has several HR Certifications, in addition to an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has certificates in Facilitation and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. MJ lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two daughters, and shih tzu. She serves on Boards and holds membership in public service, business, and HR organizations.
With a background in fine arts, Brooke is a firm believer in the necessity of utilizing both visual and verbal language to deliver meaningful messages. She is inspired by The Silverene Group’s commitment to instilling intentional culture and effective communication within organizations. After years of experience working in art galleries, a public-art nonprofit, and one of the world’s largest auction houses, she realized that the common thread in all her interests was showcasing the important work going on at purposeful organizations. With that realization, she founded her own communications agency, Social Canvas, which has allowed her to focus on helping brands refine their messaging and cultivate their audiences. Brooke holds a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, where she majored in Visual and Critical Studies and graduated with honors.
Leadership Coach & Facilitator
Traci McIntosh has broad experiences spanning two decades of commitment to leadership, organizational development and technical analysis. She has been an instructor, mentor and coach, primarily with technical leaders on the cusp of advancing into the senior ranks or transitioning into new positions with greater reach and impact.
Ms. McIntosh earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.
With a passion for innovative HR solutions and process improvement, Danielle has over ten experience developing and supporting the HR function in mid-to large organizations. She has worked with defense contractors Harris Corporation, General Dynamics Information Technology, Northrop Grumman, and L3 Harris technologies. Danielle has a demonstrated record of providing exceptional client centered business solutions through partnership with executives and senior leaders, in areas such as project management, training & development, and talent management. Danielle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and received a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Marymount University. She currently holds both a PHR and SHRM-CP HR certification, and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), specializing in agile project management. In her spare time, Danielle performs philanthropic work to educate and support underprivileged children in developing nations.
Principal, Strategy and Communications
Deanna comes to Silverene Group after spending three years with diversity and inclusion consulting firm Cook Ross, where she was a member of the cultural assessment and strategy team. She coached leaders on messaging and cultural competence, led close to a hundred focus groups and leader interviews, developed communications and D&I plans, and co-led strategy workshops and storytelling sessions, ensuring that employee perspectives remained top of mind. Previously, Deanna spent almost 20 years at Vanguard Communications, where she was a member of the leadership team and developed inclusive strategies and campaigns that strengthened mission-driven organizations and changed behavior around some of our nation’s most pressing health and environmental issues. Deanna also worked in marketing at MCI WorldCom and U.S. Airways. Deanna is a board member at DC International School, founder of Truth in Common and co-founder of DC March Lodging, and co-producer of TedX Adams Morgan. She has a BS in Communications from Cornell University and certificates from Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins University. She is inspired by her husband and two teenage daughters, who share her passion for social justice while putting her Spanish skills to shame.
Kate is a skilled trainer, instructional designer, and project manager with almost 15 years of experience working with or for the federal government. She spent the earlier parts of her career at the Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. General Services Administration before becoming a Senior Management Consultant at Federal Management Partners, Inc. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and a Kirkpatrick Certified Evaluation Professional, Kate brings a wealth of learning and development and project management expertise to the role. She is experienced in designing and delivering classroom-based content on topics ranging from soft skills to technical training. Kate holds a BA in Communications from John Carrol University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two young children.