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About Embrace Consulting

Founded by Renita Jefferson, Embrace Consulting specializes in providing Diversity and Inclusion consulting and leadership development services to champion employee engagement and drive for business results.  Embrace Consulting is positioned to partner with your Leadership Team(s) as well as your Business Resource Networks to ensure alignment of business objectives, cultural competencies and skill development opportunities.



  • Women of Color Foundation - Diversity & Inclusion Professional of the Year Award


  • ERC and Cleveland SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Professional of the Year Award

  • Ohio Diversity & Inclusion Council Leadership Award

  • 25 Most Influential African American Women in Cleveland

  • American Greetings Chairman's Aeard in recognition of her leadership role in driving Executive Women's Leadership initiatives


  • Finalist for the Crain's Business Archer Award - Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion

  • Corporate - Minority Business Enterprise Urban Professionals Award


  • Professional of the Year - FRASERNET

  • Professional of the Year - Negro Business Women's Leadership Network


  • The U.S. Executive Diversity & Inclusion Conference Board

  • Council of Economic Inclusion Diversity Professionals Group

  • Cleveland SHRM 

  • American Society of Training and Development

  • The Cleveland Peer Group/ International Management Studies

  • Cleveland Women’s Leadership Council

  • Lead Diversity Center of North East Ohio

About Renita

Renita Jefferson has a seventeen year history with the American Greetings Corporation. During her tenure she has held leadership roles in the Information Services Division and Human Resources, culminating in her areas of leadership as the Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership Development.  


American Greetings’ mission is to create Happiness, Laughter and Love and Employee Engagement is critical to the realization of this mission.  As Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Renita has aligned the execution of the multi-year Diversity & Inclusion strategy to enable one of American Greetings’ key values – “We care about People and treat them with Respect”.  


In her role as Director of Leadership Development, Renita is the architect for all corporate-wide and functional lines of business Leadership Development programs as well as overseeing the corporate university, ImAGine U.  Renita also serves as a key resource to the organization in areas of talent management, organization development and change management.


As Director of Talent Acquisition, Renita is responsible for the development and execution of the strategy to attract top talent for the American Greetings organization. This responsibility includes heading up employment marketing initiatives, branding campaigns, internal referral programs, and development of employee engagement metrics and retention programs.

  • JumpStart Board

  • Executive Board – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

  • The Gathering Place

  • Kent State University Advisory Board

  • Engage Cleveland! Advisory Board

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