Dr. Mary J. McConner, CDE
Founder & Principal Consultant
Keynote Speaker | Trainer | Facilitator | Strategy Designer | DEI Leadership Development
Dr. Mary “MJ” McConner is the owner and founder of Inclusive Excellence Consulting. She is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)® who has worked in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and international education sectors for over 14 years.
Navigating the workforce as a Black neurodivergent woman who is hard of hearing has allowed her to experience firsthand the importance of centering equity, accessibility, and inclusion in organizational systems, cultures, and practices. She has dedicated much of my professional career to understanding the evolving challenges impacting different organizational cultures and how to best foster environments committed to inclusive excellence. Her past professional roles include serving as vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion (chief diversity officer), chief of staff, executive director of inclusive excellence, multicultural student services director, social justice committee chair, international education advisor, and university instructor.
Mary’s professional affiliations include active memberships with the Society for Diversity, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Junior League of Memphis (JLM), Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and STAR Scholars Network. She is the JLM 2022-2023 APEX Committee Chair and a member of the 2022-2023 JLM Women of Color Leadership Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves as a DE&I Community Educator with the Alzheimer's Association Tennessee Chapter. Her involvement in her community has been instrumental in her commitment to promoting DEI, community engagement, and social justice locally and nationally. It is servant leadership and her dedication to transforming community through education, collaboration, and inclusion that motivates Mary most.