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.
Sara grew up in Philadelphia, PA, but now lives in Atlanta, GA. Transitioning from the North to the South as a bi-racial woman really opened her eyes to the systemic issues in not only America, but in the workplace. Coming from a diverse and inclusive background, Sara is eager to help others navigate through intersectionality using her own personal experiences. Sara is excited to work with clients who want to build and sustain inclusive and equitable workplace cultures and experiences. Her work experience includes human resources and employee relations roles in the higher education, retail, technology, and commercial industries. Sara is excited to blend her current work experience with her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion and look at new ways to create a more compelling employee experience. Sara also brings a mix of project management, communications, and graphic design/creative expertise to her work with clients. Sara is a current Georgetown University Master of Human Resource Management Candidate and will be graduating in May 2021. Sara has a B.A in Journalism and public relations from Georgia State University. In her spare time, Sara enjoys cuddling her pup, Reese Lou, and traveling the world.
DEI Consultant & Facilitator
Farzin Farzad is an innovative thought leader and practitioner of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with experience in higher education, local government and the private sector. Holding two master’s degrees in international affairs and diplomacy as well as a certificate in conflict resolution skills, Farzin leverages his unique academic background, extensive travel experience, and experiential knowledge to provide deep, thought-provoking local and global approaches to DEI work. In addition to DEI training and education programs, Farzin is a seasoned DEI project manager with expertise in strategies that build equitable workplace environments, equitable government services, as well as Employee Resource Group events and programs. Farzin earned a MA in International Affairs from American University and a MA in Diplomacy and International Affairs from ADA University in Azerbaijan. He speaks five languages!
Lisa is passionate about building high performance teams, implementing change, and positioning people for success. As a consultant, Lisa partners with clients to design organizations to maximize effectiveness and connect talent needs and opportunities to business outcomes. Throughout her career, Lisa has focused on talent development, people strategy, culture, and employee engagement at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Fannie Mae, and New York Life Insurance Company. She started her career in consulting before becoming a founding member of two start-up organizations, where her primary areas of focus were consulting, recruiting, and learning and development. Lisa received a BBA in Computer Information Systems with a minor in English from James Madison University. She enjoys serving on the Board of Trustees at Goodwin House, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support, honor and uplift the lives of older adults and those who care for them. As a Board member, she served on the Strategic Plan Task Force and serves on several committees. When she is not bracing herself for raising two soon-to-be tween girls, Lisa enjoys live music, downhill skiing, waterskiing, running, and cheering for the New Orleans Saints.
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.
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.
Sid is an HR and talent consultant who helps clients achieve strategic talent objectives with modern human resources elements of insights, inclusion and agility. He brings over two decades of experience in technology and consulting businesses working with senior leaders in talent management, workforce planning, executive careers, mergers & acquisitions, and talent acquisition. Sid spent 16 years with Accenture in a variety of HR business partner roles. He began his career with Mercer HR Consulting and ICICI Bank Ltd in India. Sid received his MBA from the prestigious Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in India and has a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute. He lives in Northern Virginia and is passionate about pediatric liver disease and the ecological footprint.
Lead Facilitator & Consultant
Erica Rossi is a multi-faceted consultant specializing in strategic planning, organizational design and transformation, employee experience, team development, and communications and change management. Most of her 20+ years of experience has been in support of IT-related transformation and modernization efforts within the federal government (military and civilian agencies) and mid-size ($15M) to large ($500M) businesses. Earlier in her career, she earned a rare national “triple crown” by interning at the White House, the Supreme Court, and Congress. She holds a JD from George Mason University School of Law, an MPA from American University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a Certified Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (MBTI) and FIRO, a Wiley Authorized Partner of Everything DiSC and Five Behaviors, a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and basset hound.
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.
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.