Dr. Cassandra D. Caldwell is the founder and chief executive officer of The International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, the first comprehensive global association for professionals with diversity and inclusion responsibilities in public and private sectors. She is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, and scholar. As a 18 year veteran and leader in the diversity and inclusion field, she has facilitated diversity and inclusion initiatives at various global, national, and local organizations including: GlaxoSmithKline, Sodexo, TNS, 4-H, NCR, The United Negro College Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, U.S. Department of Education, and eWomenNetwork.
In her former position, she worked as an assistant professor and assistant director of the executive master of public administration program (EMPA) at the North Carolina Central University Department of Public Administration. She taught courses in leadership, public policy, principles in public management, human resources, nonprofit management, organizational theory & behavior, and research methods. Dr. Caldwell has held academic appointments as an adjunct instructor at Duke University, Seton Hall University, the University of Houston, Walden University, Capella University, the University of Maryland University College, and Strayer University. She has held state, regional, national and international positions within the Cooperative Extension System in North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
Dr. Caldwell earned a doctor of philosophy degree in human and community resource development from The Ohio State University. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of public administration degree from North Carolina Central University. She is also a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, an internationally renowned residential high school for academically gifted students. Her international education includes being a visiting scholar in Ghana, South Africa, and Swaziland. Her latest international appointment occurred when she was a visiting scholar at The Oxford Round Table for Women's Leadership at the University of Oxford in England.
Her dedication to professional pursuits also resonates in her political and community service activities. Dr. Caldwell is a founding member of the Triangle Area Next Generation of African American Philanthropists Fund and a board member of Lillians List. She established the Caldwell Education Foundation, a private fund, with the purpose of closing the educational achievement gap. Through her foundation she gives scholarships to middle school and high school minority students for summer leadership and academic camps. The foundation also grants scholarships to minority college students for study abroad opportunities, supplies, computers, and books. She is a former Big Sister, and a former member of the Summit House Raleigh Board of Directors. In 1992 she established the Delta Sigma Theta Solid Foundation Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that is still awarded to the freshman woman with the highest grade point average. Other volunteer service activities have included: serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem, serving as a southern region captain for Toys for Tots, serving as a mentor with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving on the Triangle United Way Certification Committee, serving on the Steering Committee for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Boys and Girls Club, working with Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering with Special Olympics.
Because of these achievements, Dr. Caldwell has received numerous honors including: 2013 Profiles in Diversity Journal CEO Leadership in Action Award, Wake County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women 21st Century African-American Trailblazer /Sojourner Truth Legacy Award, Sodexo Champion of Diversity Award, The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Keeper of the Dream Award, North Carolina Central University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Marquis Who's Who of American Women Executives, Empire Who's Who of Women in Education, Leadership America North Carolina, The American Association for Higher Education Patricia K. Cross Future Leader Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award, The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Development Scholarship, and The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Early Career Award.