Introducing Mona Earnest

Monday AFTERNOON BREAKOUT 10:45-11:30 a.m.



  • 20+ years experience in the field of inclusiveness and diversity training - Served as a Diversity Officer for a Fortune 500 Company
  • Proven knowledge, successful implementation of, inclusiveness and diversity initiative plan and training sessions
  • Thorough understanding of Human Resources and issues surrounding diversity & inclusion
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Personal (Diversity) background: Mona is a Minority Female who has lived in 6 countries and speaks three languages fluently

Diversity Expertise

Mona Earnest holds her Master's degree in Human Resources Organization Development from University of San Francisco. She has worked as the Human Resources Manager for the Campbell Soup Company in Sacramento, California. It was one of five manufacturing plants in the United States and also the oldest. At that plant, they had over 1400 employees and more than 32 spoken languages documented. In addition to the diversity at the plant, Mona was the Diversity Officer for the business in the State of California (included tomato processing & mushroom processing plants). In this role, she assisted the VP of Human Resources with:

  • development of policies and programs to attract, retain and promote a diverse work force for the organization
  • introducing diversity initiatives and consider the unique needs of the organization
  • develop training schedules to educate employees and managers on how to recognize, accommodate and appreciate individual differences and how these can be bridged back to assist in meeting company business plans
  • develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of state-wide diversity initiatives implemented and prepare quarterly reports to senior management on the value of the initiatives
  • keep current on diversity programs and developments by maintaining contact with others in the field (e.g., professional association and educational groups, and professional development efforts)


  • Sonic Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Development & Implementation
  • Grace Living Centers  Employee Engagement Initiative
  • UCO Leadership Conference - Diversity
  • OMES (State of Oklahoma) Cultural Diversity Trainer
  • Greater OKC Chamber  Conference Speaker for Diversity

She has taught Cultural Diversity and Cultural Intelligence since 1997 for Fortune 500 companies as well as State employees, non-profits agencies and public schools. She currently teaches Cultural Diversity for two universities and has a blog where she addresses diversity, culture, management and other related topics. She published her first book about living in the east and west in February 2017.

University & Higher Education Expertise:

  • Visiting professor for DeVry University - undergraduate business
  • Taught higher education since 1997: human resources, cultural diversity, business ethics and leadership, and management courses at several universities


   Kayla Acebo, Ph.D.,   is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The University of Tulsa. She is a 24-year veteran in the field of institutional advancement in both the public and the private sectors of higher education.         

Mona Earnest
MHROD - VP Human Resources