Hi, I’m Wheeler. I’m an organizer and cultural strategist with over a decade of experience working in racial justice, LGBTQ, and economic liberation movements. I’m the originator of the DEI RECIPE, which was created after meeting American culture pioneers such as David Mancuso. Through their encouragement, I created and refined a method for social gatherings and businesses interested in creating diverse and inclusive environments regardless of race, income, and sexual orientation.
I’m a culinary anthropologist by trade with a background in Psychology and African American Studies. My research interests focus on the central role food plays in the African American community and in our society as a whole. I do a lot of cooking, lecturing, and traveling. I’m passionate about my work, because I strongly believe that conversation over food is the way we begin to break down cultural barriers.
I am the author of Creating a Culture of Achievement through Business: A Start-Up Guide for People with Disabilities and the forthcoming “The IDylls Effect: Diagnose Your Tech Company’s Culture to Jumpstart Creativity”. As a perpetual student and researcher, I have been approached by companies over the years to act as a consultant, providing my knowledge and perspective to improving their services and work culture. When I met Liz, who was doing similar work for government and non-profits, a synergy was formed and Evaluation + Learning Consulting was born. Our aim: to shine the DEI flashlight into the world of data-driven decision-making.
Today, I work with event organizers, large and small businesses, foundations, non-profits, and city governments to implement bespoke approaches to complex challenges that arise from existing in a multicultural marketplace by building a strong foundation of cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
At ELC, we have a passion for teaching, uniting, and advancing the good work that is being done in the world. An investment in consulting with us reaps dividends. Reach out to me today if you could benefit from a supportive and thoughtful approach to program planning and evaluation. We’re ready and happy to help.