CoopLew is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development services and activities for higher education Chief Diversity Officers at various stages in their career, to include, aspiring, emerging and incumbents.
We provide consulting and advising services to other higher education professionals who want to advance a strategic diversity agenda.
CoopLew leads in this area because of a solid researched-based approach that captures experiences and expectations of Chief Diversity Officers, which informs our work and your success.
Our team brings years of higher education experience in various diversity administrative and leadership positions; therefore, they understand the need for real-time and relevant professional and institutional development.
CoopLew Leadership Team
DR. KEN D. COOPWOOD, SR. - “Coop”
A 4-time CDO, “Dr. Coop” has earned national prominence as a transformative agent in higher education diversity administration. He instructs certification coursework at the national level and holds certifications in cognitive diversity applications, diversity return on investment, diversity executive leadership, creative problem solving and adaptive-innovation theory. He is an alum of Indiana State University and is a post-doctoral alum of both the Harvard Management Development Program and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative.
Dr. Coopwood is a member of the International Association of Diversity Officers, past board member and co-chair of professional development for the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education and a past member of editorial, academic, natural disaster and international boards. He is Owner of Coopwood Progressive Workshops & Developments (CPWD, LLC), a multi-faceted diversity education, speaking, research and development company, and currently serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Dr. Coopwood earned his Ph.D. in educational administration, leadership and foundations, his master’s degree in political science, with emphasis on federal policy, and his undergraduate degree in business administration, with emphasis in finance, marketing and management, all from Indiana State University.
DR. WILLIAM T. LEWIS, SR. - “Lew”
Nationally recognized diversity and inclusion thought leader, Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr., has authored several articles, most notably, he is co-author of the historic Standards of Professional Practice for the Chief Diversity Officers, published by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). He co-authored “From Their Mouths: The Lived Experiences of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education, with Dr. Ken Coopwood.
Lewis, is a former Chief Diversity Officer, he has led diversity and inclusion efforts at three highly acclaimed universities-- Indiana University, Bridgewater State University and Virginia Tech University. Lewis, earned a doctoral degree from Indiana University, and a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. Lewis proudly and honorably served his country for 8 years while in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
COOPLEW STRATEGIC ADVISOR
DR. WILLIAM B. HARVEY
William B. Harvey has more than four decades of experience in the academic and nonprofit sectors. A distinguished researcher and administrator, his scholarly activities have been focused on the cultural and social factors that affect underserved populations, with emphasis on college and university settings. The founding president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, he is a past board member of the National Council for Research on Women, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, the Yale-Howard Center on Health Disparities, the Study of New Scholars Project at Harvard University, the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars project at Princeton University, the Site Support for Schools project at Johns Hopkins University, and the Martin Luther King Living History and Public Policy Center.
COOPLEW DIRECTOR, EVENTS
Pamela is Director of Events for CoopLew. A veteran event and protocol professional for more than 20 years, Pamela is also a retired C-Suite administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She leads implementation of CoopLew symposiums, institutes, and Boot Camps through her extensive experience as founder and President of Speaking of Protocol, LLC and The Planned Event, LLC, companies which provide event management, professional development, business protocol, etiquette training, and vacation planning for professionals of all types.
She brings the mystique to CoopLew engagements by elevating protocols and etiquettes for participants. Her expertise ensures that each CoopLew experience challenges participants to rethink how and why they respond to social stimulus about their work and whether the proper response is one of protocol, etiquette or manners. Her work in event planning is noted for emphasizes in precision, which supports the CoopLew aspiration for an environment that represents the embrace of diplomacy and finesse.
Pamela holds a master’s degree in Event Management and Destination Tourism (George Washington University), a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Spelman College), a Certificate in International Management (Thunderbird Garvin School of International Leadership), and is an Ordained Minister with The Assemblies of God, USA. She is certified by The Protocol School of WashingtonÆ as a Protocol Officer and trains business professionals and executives to know, understand and exhibit professional presence.
Based out of Fredericksburg, VA, Pamela has traveled worldwide. Since 1990, she has traveled to over 15 countries participating in various facets of humanitarian projects and directing women's retreats. Her passion is and always has been - people!