Rhonda Talford Knight ’96, Ph.D.
- Canal Winchester, OH
- CEO (The Knight Consulting Group, LLC)
Award presented: April 13, 2019
Dr. Knight has almost 20 years of experience developing and implementing D&I strategies. As CEO, she drives strategy to support the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and create a foundation of sustainable practices. She is passionate about creating cultural understanding, awareness, and sensitivity in order to help individuals be advocates for themselves and others. Dr. Knight is held in high regard for creating open spaces of inclusion through meaningful dialogue by ensuring all voices are heard, respected, and valued. While this type of work is not considered easy, she comes highly recommended by her clients in the work she has done with and for their communities.
Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, Rhonda was named 2018 Women Worth Watching @Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is an invited guest speaker and requested expert panelist in D&I strategy and leading practices.
Rhonda is committed to supporting women and girls, and volunteers with: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter of Columbus, Ohio, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, Columbus School for Girls, Dress for Success, WELD, and The Women’s Fund. She is a founding member of the Matriots, an Ohio independent political action committee, board member for: ROX™ (Ruling Our Experiences), the national leader on research, education and programming for girls; The Childhood League Center, committed to serving children under the age of 6 with developmental delays; and WSBA, supporting women small business owners throughout Central Ohio.
She is a two time graduate from The Ohio State University with a doctoral degree in Social Studies and Global Education with a focus in Cultural Competency and Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University, where she continues to find ways to support the campus community.