Dr. Dionne Wright Poulton is Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Riverside Community Care, and Owner, Executive Coach, Educator, and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at Poulton Consulting Group, LLC. At Riverside, she works in the Human Resources Department leading and managing all diversity and inclusion endeavors across the organization involving 1500 employees and over 46,000 persons served each year across the State of Massachusetts. Dr. Poulton has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and as Owner of Poulton Consulting Group with 20 years of experience as an educator, including in high schools and in universities, she is a highly sought after leading expert on unconscious bias, microaggressive behaviors, and transformational adult learning and behavior in the workplace.
Addressing and solving some of the most difficult and complex situations—especially those involving issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and nationality, Dr. Poulton has conceptualized and created innovative and research-based workshops, course curriculum, and on and off-site immersive and team building programs for countless workplace leaders and employees around the world, including across the United States, Canada, France, and Bermuda. In 2018 she was featured in Forbes, and has been invited for social commentary and ad hoc writing assignments for media outlets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Industries to which she has consulted and trained in include, technology, advertising, media, retail, banking, pharmaceuticals, non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education, sports, entertainment, government, social groups, health care, and social services. Dr. Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book, It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is: Reshaping How We Think About Racism (2014, Archway Publishing), is host of a popular diversity podcast, “The Dr. Dionne Show,” and she earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from Rice University as a NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.