A Passionate Advocate Becomes A Leader For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Adana Protonentis

Posted by Christine Campbell on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM PDT

Adana Protonentis already had a rich set of career experiences, including being a professional baker and paralegal, before deciding to return to school at Seattle University and complete her BA in Organizational Leadership through the School of New and Continuing Studies. But getting this degree has opened up even more options for her.

Adana founded Adana Consulting Group growing out of her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion work and helping organizations understand better how they can adjust their policies and practices to reflect these values. Her training in the program helped her hone her own strengths to lead organizations through this very challenging work:

"Through my learning in the Organizational Leadership program, I’ve really developed the skills and a knack for being an outside set of ears coming into an organization as a consultant and helping them take a look at the distance between their equity values and their actual practices. Then I work with them to close the gap between the two.”

Adana’s work has focused primarily on education-based nonprofits.

“I work with a lot of schools because that resonates with my life as a parent. I help those organizations think about their admission policies and their hiring practices and their communication strategies -- all the ways that their commitment to diversity can show up or not. And I help them close the gap between where they want to be and where they actually are.”

After graduation, she has continued consulting and has pressed on to start a Masters in Public Administration at Seattle University. Adana is a great example to the people and organizations she works with –she's not just encouraging them to learn and grow, she’s pushing herself to do it too.