Inclusion Plus Institute

About Us

The Inclusion Plus Institute provides a full range of services to meet all of your DEI needs.

Explore below each of our capabilities

Consulting

Assess your organizational systems and implement bias free processes to build a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Develop your Employee Resource Groups (ERG), define DEI success metrics, build a cohesive strategic plan and ensure you deliver the right communication at the right time for all of your stakeholders.

Training

Experiential courses and training in Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, Power and Privilege, Allyship, Cultural Competence, Conflict Management and more. Leverage our courses or customize for your needs to be delivered digitally or in person.

Maturity & Risk Assessment

Determine how inclusive you are using Industry Standards (ISO 30415) and unearth areas of risk that require your attention. We cover the full HR Lifecycle, Inclusive Culture, Product and Service Delivery and the DEI framework

Leadership Coaching

True success, and impact require a new approach to leadership, one that is aligned, holistic and inclusive. We will guide you to become an Inclusive leader that will co-create the conditions that allow you, your team, and clients to align with with each others unique perspective and experience.

Mediation & Facilitation

There is no such thing as bad conflict, only mismanaged conflict. We step in as a neutral 3rd party to help resolve disputes confidentially and allow colleagues to continue working and collaborating together. We facilitate strategic planning and retreats.

Fractional Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Through ~10-15 hrs monthly consulting, a CDO ensures that DEI is embedded in the culture of an organization and that there is ongoing strategic planning and oversight of the execution. We customize interventions that enhance your organization’s mission, vision and values.

SAFE SPACE (Events)

A safe environment develops when codes of conduct are convincingly shared while unacceptable behavior such as aggression, intimidation, or unwelcome physical advances is reported and acted upon. We provide the means to report incidents and offer intervention or information to restore the SAFE SPACE intended for all. We will provide the resources to prevent the situation from escalating and enable the recipient to take the appropriate action.

Keynote Speaking

The lasting impact of bringing people together is catalyzed by engaging storytelling. We will customize our time together to augment your message and inspire connection & motivation aligned with the focus of your event.

Culture Survey & Org Feedback

Receive an accurate picture of your organization and the culture and engagement of your members. We will brand, administer, manage and provide you a report with key and actionable information.

Education

The Inclusion Plus Institute serves all of your DE&I education and training needs through online and in person learning. Stay tuned for our micro-learning and self-reflection platform coming soon.

Risk Assessment

The Inclusion Plus Institute will help you assess how inclusive your enterprise really is and give you a firm grasp of the level of risk you are incurring based on indicators reflected in the ISO-30415 Standards for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Global Suppliers

We work with multinational companies looking to have their suppliers abroad implement their cultural norms of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We will assess your supplier partners and provide both of you a result with an accompanying framework to increase their maturity so they norms of behavior meet your level of corporate standards

Our Team

A short introduction to the workshop instructors and why their background should inspire potential students’ confidence.

Venus V. Piñeyro

Founder

Founding member of The Inclusion Plus institute and the founder of Vector U. They were both born out of the awareness that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion builds prosperity for people and companies and it fulfills her passion to democratize access for historically disadvantaged communities. She is a strategic thinker, problem solver, and knowledge integrator that uses leadership coaching and alternative conflict resolution (mediation) to provide innovative solutions for individuals and organizations. 

Venus spent over 15 years in leadership positions at Facebook, General Motors and Dell using the power of data to solve diverse and complex business problems across a variety of functions (HR, CX, Marketing, Sales, and Finance). She defined and led multi-million global transformation projects unifying cross-cultural virtual teams to deliver mission critical objectives. During this time she often facilitated needs assessment, serving as the single voice for diverse stakeholders from executives to individual contributors. She is a certified Project Manager who has coached dozens of junior PMs.
Her interest in teaching behavioral skills to solve problems has led her to become a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner, Mediator/Arbitrator and Leadership Coach. She believes that awareness and focused (short-term) interventions can lead to increased productivity in teams, developing mature leadership capabilities and enhancing effective communication across all levels in an organization.
She is an advocate to end domestic violence and has worked to increase the representation of underserved communities in tech through her service on the boards of local non-profit organizations. Finally, Venus believes our individual journey is unique and through practicing our talents and understanding our personal truth, we contribute to a stronger, more united global community.

Kayla McLeod

President

As a first-generation immigrant, I have grown up with a distinct awareness of my cultural difference. It wasn’t until my young adult years that I began to see this difference as a strength. My experience of being perceived as an “other” made the concept of inclusion a personal goal as I progressed professionally. 

What a feeling to see the difference my voice and ideas made in the efficacy of my organizations. Imagine what innovation we’ve missed because the right folx weren’t in the room! (Maybe certain soap dispensers used near-infrared technology to detect hand motions would have been able to detect certain melanated hands if there was diversity amongst the testing staff.)

I firmly believe making sure opportunities to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are integrated into the identity of your company can only lead to the betterment of your products, services, company culture, and, ultimately, the wellness of your business as a whole. I look forward to working on making this a reality for your company.

Dr. Maria Lourdes De Hoyos

Chief Learning Officer

Deep expertise in quality of data collection, to support and assess performance in the public school system. 

The research includes the design and development of instruments to assess the implementation and success of education reform programs needed in the teaching-learning process to develop 21st-century skills and; Design of Tools for high-performing teams.

Conducted large-scale evaluation research as Coordinator of the International Inter-institutional Collaborative Research Project: Systemic Change of the Teaching-Learning Process in Higher Education. 

Specialties: 

  • Educational Reform.
  • Inter-institutional Liaison.
  • Program evaluation.
  • Data quality control and data reporting for grants.
  • Data analysis and reporting.
  • Instrument development and validation.
  • Online tools for formative assessment.
  • Teamwork.
  • Licensed Psychotherapists in Mexico focused on providing individual and couples counseling services. Specializing in stress, women’s issues, and mourning work.

Eric Venditti

Chief Technology Officer

Eric was born in Paris, France, and got his Electrical Engineering degree from ESIEE Paris with a specialty in Integrated Circuits architecture and design. He started his career with Texas Instruments on the French Riviera working on the first-generation smartphones in collaboration with Nokia.

Eric moved to the US 23 years ago, first to Colorado where he worked on networking chips before rejoining Texas Instruments in Dallas initially, moving to Austin in 2005 to work on TI’s ARM-based System on Chip (SoC) for the mobile industry.

In 2012, Eric joined the newly established Altera ARM-based SoC design center and helped create the first SoC FPGA in the industry and subsequent generations which today are used in all kinds of systems from Autonomous vehicles to Datacenter accelerators powering AIs and other data hungry applications. Following Intel’s acquisition of Altera Eric decided to try his luck with startups first joining Tenstorrent, an AI startup, and then Uhnder, a startup designing Radar On Chip for the autonomous vehicle Industry

Andrea Purón

Program Director

I’m a proud Latina. I came to the USA 3 years ago with a heart full of dreams. It hasn’t always been an easy path but it has always been worth it.

I specialize in Digital Marketing and am interested in teaching digital tools to entrepreneurs, small businesses, startups, and professionals.

I believe that when organizations allow us to develop freely, not only do we feel heard and accepted but we are also enabled to do our best work and fully contribute our talents which in turn results in greater successes and high-quality projects.  

Personally, I love working with new people, hearing different voices, and creating human connections.

Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez Mielke

As a bilingual DEI educator, consultant, and coach with more than 25 years of experience in the field of DEI, Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez Mielke has worked tirelessly to debunk deficit thinking views that undervalue the strengths and potential of underrepresented groups, specially the Latinx community, so they have access to opportunities and resources to live long, healthy, and meaningful lives. Through Executive and Leadership Coaching for Latinas Leaders, Dr. Mielke supports these powerful women to rediscover and use their own resilience and determination to go after their dreams. Whether it is a new project, a promotion, a new business, a new phase in their lives, or simply achieving peace and a powerful mindset, Dr. Mielke helps Latina Leaders live with less self-doubt and more intentionality so they create lives by design and not by default.
As an Inclusive Leadership Coach, Dr. Mielke also works with mid-level managers and executives to help them create and manage inclusive workplaces that welcome, value, respect, and appreciate diverse talent. Dr. Mielke specifically works with those leaders, managers, executives who have gone through the DEI trainings, meetings, and policies reviews, but are looking for a more personalized Coaching experience to develop an awareness of biases and dead angles, cultural competence, better communication skills in order to create and fulfill a vision of diversity, respect, and prosperity.

Leslie Suzeth Rodriguez

User Experience & Design Intern

I’m a Latina born and raised in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. I came to the U.S. in 2018 to be the first generation in my family to go to college, and I specialize in Graphic Design and UX Design. Using my skills as a Graphic designer and UX Designer, I make sure that through my knowledge of typography, space, color, and different graphics I bring to life the design that my clients desire, and make sure that the experience of the consumers is enhanced and meets all kind of needs by using logic and data reading. 

As a Designer, inclusivity is crucial for me. Being able to create something that can have an impact on every person that sees it, and creating a unique experience for each user, are things that motivate me.

Know thyself - it is the first step to being capable of true and meaningful inclusion of those very unlike you.

Venus V. Piñeyro

Our Clients

Driving DEI for leading brands
Virtual personal assistant from Los Angeles supports companies with administrative tasks and handling of office organizational issues.