Chief Diversity Officer
Chief Diversity Officer
Kesha Carter is a CDP (Certified Diversity Professional), she also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University and a PHR (Professional Human Resources) certification from the Human Resource Capital Institute.
Kesha has broken barriers as the first ever Diversity Program Manager for Paychex. In this inaugural role, Kesha was responsible for implementing efforts to change the scope of the employee landscape in ways that increases diversity in recruiting and inclusive retention practices. She also led the charge to increase representation of women in crucial leadership practices. Additionally, Kesha worked nationally to develop business resource ambassadors to increase the market strategy for Latino and Veteran owned businesses. She led a team of 7 facilitators in delivering the first ever diversity training for the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Kesha was also part of a collaborative team from Excellus, United Way and Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley to develop and implement the Pride and Leadership Development Program with the first community class held in October 2016.
As a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner and thought leader, Kesha believes that inclusion is instrumental in breaking down barriers, providing equitable opportunities and involving employees in corporate & community initiatives. Achieving diversity and inclusion at CCSI is fundamental to fulfilling the organization’s mission. She understands that the diversity & inclusion work at CCSI is not linear and is committed to a process for creating continuous growth through education and collaboration. Kesha is leading CCSI through a multi phased approach with each new level on the spectrum of diversity & inclusion will result in growth and new experiences for individual employees and the organization.
Kesha is the Vice President of the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr, Commission (GRMLK), Vice President of Black Women’s Leadership Forum (BWLF), a mentor with Operation Transformation Rochester (OTR), a reading tutor in the Help Me Read Program and the recruitment and selection committee chair for AALDP (African American Leadership Development) through the United Way of Greater Rochester.
Words she lives by: There is no such thing as failure, only many different lessons in how NOT to do something.