FALL 2017 FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER
Cassandra D. Caldwell, Ph.D.
President & Chief Engagement Officer
The Kaleidoscope Group, LLC
Dr. Cassandra D. Caldwell is an internationally-renowned leadership thought leader, author, faculty member, consultant, philanthropist, entrepreneur and scholar. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Black Enterprise Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, HBCU Connect Magazine, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
She has more than 23 years of experience in her field through her various leadership roles with The Kaleidoscope Group, General Electric, Sodexo, the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, GlaxoSmithKline, North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In addition to being a leader in the corporate world, Dr. Caldwell was recently appointed an advisor to the U.S. Census on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and Walden University. Past academic appointments include Cornell University, North Carolina Central University, Duke University, Seton Hall University and the University of Houston. At these institutions, she has taught classes in leadership, diversity and inclusion, human resources, organizational theory and behavior, and research methods.
A perpetual student, Dr. Caldwell recently completed an executive education program in corporate social responsibility at Harvard Business School. She holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development from The Ohio State University, and earned her Master’s of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.
Her international education includes time as a visiting scholar in Ghana, South Africa and Swaziland. Most recently, she was as a visiting scholar at The Oxford Round Table for Women's Leadership at the University of Oxford in England. A seasoned speaker, Dr. Caldwell has given leadership presentations in Japan, Morocco, South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Canada, Austria and France.
Dr. Caldwell’s dedication to community service parallels her distinguished career. She is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations that include the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Alumni Admissions Program, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s General Alumni Association.
Additionally, she is a founding member of the Triangle Area Next Generation of African American Philanthropists Fund and a former board member of Lillian’s List. Dr. Caldwell also served as a Big Sister and a 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, which is awarded to the freshman woman with the highest grade point average.
Her other volunteer commitments and activities are just as extensive. Dr. Caldwell’s resume includes time as a court appointed special advocate/guardian ad litem, a captain for Toys for Tots southern region, a mentor with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Triangle United Way Certification Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Boys and Girls Club. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.
Accordingly, Dr. Caldwell has received numerous awards. These honors include:
- Profiles in Diversity Journal CEO Leadership in Action Award
- Profiles in Diversity Journal Excellence in Innovation Award
- Profiles in Diversity JournalDiversity Leader 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 Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecturer Award
- The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award
- The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Development Scholarship
- The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Early Career Award