Meet the Trainers
Workshop Leader: Jamal Jimerson
Managing Partner, Thought Partners Solutions LLC
Qualifications and Affiliations: Jimerson is qualified in understanding and leveraging communication excellence to help leaders achieve organizational goals, with a specific focus on racial & ethnic diversity, equity, & inclusion. He has a Master of Science (MS) degree in Human Services with a concentration in the Management of Nonprofit Agencies, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Business Communications with a concentration in Leadership & Influence, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Mass Communication where he concentrated understanding the roles of communication in fostering interaction and interdependence across gender, race, and culture.
Jimerson started his career in youth and program development for public and charter schools. He then transitioned into advancing diversity efforts by recruiting Black and Latino students for high profile independent schools in New York and Connecticut. He began his facilitation and training experience with adult ex-offenders, teaching workshops in entrepreneurialism, life skills, and job development through a social service organization. His training experience was developed while facilitating workshops for middle and high school educators and administrators, teaching them how to advance a college going culture in their schools. Jamal then moved into senior and executive leadership in the nonprofit sector, managing statewide anti-poverty and social justice programs.
In 2015, Jimerson founded and established a nonprofit organization – Minority Inclusion Project – to help close the nonprofit racial leadership gap through the development and implementation of the Board Diversity Initiative. In 2016, he established Thought Partner Solutions, a minority-owned and led firm that provides keynote speaking engagements, training, facilitation, and consultancy services for businesses, educational institutions, municipalities, and nonprofits. As a highly sought-after speaker and trainer, Jimerson has given many presentations and keynotes on race-equity, diversity, and inclusive leadership for workshops, regional and national conferences, nonprofits, colleges, and businesses that combines research, personal stories, and his professional experience.
Jamal is the proud father of two children – Leila Nicole and Malcolm Jamal – whom he credits as his personal “board of directors.” He has been a DJ, a spoken word artist, and the voice of both commercial and non-commercial radio programs.
Workshop Leader: Esther Jean-Marie
Managing Partner, Thought Partners LLC
Esther Jean-Marie, M.S., is an independent social justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity consultant. She is also the co-owner and Managing Partner of TPS.
Qualifications & Affiliations: Jean-Marie is qualified in understanding and leveraging principles and values of social justice to help leaders achieve their organizational and professional goals. She has a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Studies from the University of Hartford.
In the first five years of her career, Esther co-founded Minority Inclusion Project and launched the consulting practice, Thought Partners Solutions. She believes that positive investments in leadership and education can change the realities of people and families served by nonprofits.
A native of Haiti, Esther fell in love with nonprofits while in high school. Inspired by an excursion to Mali to build a school and by her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Esther quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, social justice, racial justice, and gender equity. As a consultant, Esther has already established a client portfolio that includes colleges, municipalities, and area nonprofits. Esther is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole – often leveraging her multilingual skillset to facilitate community conversations and to lead focus groups and seminars for ESL and ELL populations.