Shari L. Thomas contributes to the development and implementation of the strategic vision, objectives, and prioritization of the organization as the Chief Diversity Officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
ACCOKEEK, MD, May 26, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Shari L. Thomas has been acknowledged by Marquis Who’s Who for her contributions to the field of diversity and inclusion. Marquis Who’s Who selects individuals based on their present reference value in all biographical directories, taking into account factors such as their position, notable accomplishments, visibility, and prominence.
With over 25 years of dedicated service to her career, Ms. Thomas was hired as the Chief Diversity Officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration, in Washington, D.C., in 2022, following four years of service as the Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager for the U.S. Department of the Navy. The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent organization of the federal government founded in 1953 that aims to help small business owners and safeguard the interests of small businesses across the nation.
As the Lead Program Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Thomas directs the Diversity and Inclusion Program Office and is also responsible for developing and executing the organization’s strategic vision, objectives, and prioritization. Ms. Thomas collaborates with the Assistant Administrator of the program and executive management to ensure effective leadership.
From 2015 to 2022, Ms. Thomas served with the U.S. Department of the Navy and was hired as a Budget Analyst, promoted to Budget Finance Manager and Lead Program Business Finance Manager. Ms. Thomas also has significant experience with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Springfield, Virginia, as a Budget Analyst and Budget Team Lead between 2009 and 2011. Earlier in her career, Ms. Thomas worked at Veyance Technologies, Inc., Akron, Ohio, as a Credit Manager, and Goodyear in Akron as a Financial Analyst and Credit Manager. Ms. Thomas also enjoys giving back to her community and has served as the treasurer on the board of directors of her local homeowners’ association.
Ms. Thomas received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Duquesne University in 1981, followed by a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management from Ashland University in 2002. She has attended several educational programs and acquired valuable skills, such as the Duke Leadership Program from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business Executive Education in 2012, and the Washington, D.C. Leadership Development Program, through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2018. In 2019, Ms. Thomas also obtained a Certificate of Mastery in Diversity and Inclusion from Georgetown University Institute for Federal Leadership and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management through Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies in 2020.
Ms. Thomas is a member of CHIEF since 2022, an organization dedicated to executive women in leadership, and the Pittsburgh chapter of INROADS, which promotes diverse youth in corporate America. In 2022 and 2021, Ms. Thomas received an Honorary Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. In 2021, Ms. Thomas also received a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Award from the National Diversity and Leadership Conference. In 2019, Ms. Thomas was awarded a United States Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal by the Executive Director of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
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