DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND BELONGING COMMITTEE
CHADD is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our employees, volunteers, and community. Our mission is to empower individuals with ADHD and other neurodivergent traits, valuing diversity in all its forms. We are actively working to dismantle barriers, ensuring fair access and participation for all. Inclusion is central to our culture, where every voice matters. We continuously learn and evolve, seeking feedback and advocating for solidarity with marginalized communities. We believe in fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Shirelle F. Pearson, MBA, GBA, Co-Chair
Shirelle F. Pearson is an Account Manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in their New York City Employee Health & Benefits Office, with over 30 years of experience with an insurance carrier, human resources, and group benefits consulting. She also extends her knowledge to her graduate students as an adjunct professor with the New York Institute of Technology. She sort resources to support her newly diagnosed son and found CHADD quite valuable in her ADHD educational pursuits, for herself and family. In 2014, she accepted the role of Treasurer for the Nassau County Chapter, and accepting the additional role of Coordinator in 2018. Having recently assumed membership on the National’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee, she is currently pursuing an ADHD parent coaching certification.
Her career has allowed her the opportunity to effectively communicate across organizations, and implement thoughtful benefits and wellness recommendations; positively affecting the lives of thousands of employees and their families. Shirelle is a published essayist, who enjoys helping clients empower employees through emotionally intelligent strategies, which foster better health, employee satisfaction, higher productivity, and loyalty. She is a member of MMA’s Diversity Equality & Inclusion Council, and Aspire Mentorship Program; also volunteering time with the New York Metro Area Chapter of the International Society Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (ISCEBS) in the capacity of Director of Programs, and Chapter ISCEBS Chapter Working Group Member.
Shirelle is a life-learner and critical thinker who believes collaboration, is the best way to build a strong village that elevates everyone. She earned her BBA from Adelphi University, MBA from Dowling College and Group Benefits Associate Certificate from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in partnership with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her crowning achievements are her marriage of 25 years, and the role of doting mother to her two sons.
Stephen Chen is a board-tested operational leader and CFO who connects people and initiatives that can improve business and societal outcomes at the intersection of technology and business transformation. Chen was educated at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, New York University, and Brown University. He is a public and private board member of several companies, including Phunware, Kent Moore Capital, BioIntegrate, and formerly Anchor Fundings. He was previously the chief investment officer for a UHNW commodities-based family office and started an alternative asset fund that was collateralized by assets in excess of $2B. Chen brings twenty years of executive experience in financial services and technology, where he has built up particular expertise in sales, capital markets, strategic partnerships and investments, as well as growing and scaling business operations in the United States and Asia. He is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce in New York City, the Urban Land Institute, New York Investment Network, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. His philanthropic work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, ABC, and NBC. He has spoken at Yale, Brown, NYU, and Columbia University and is the recipient of the Orphans International Global Citizenship Award, the Dragon 100 Fellowship, and the C.V. Starr Fellowship. He has been profiled in two books, Luck Does Not Exist by Mario Calabresi and Inspired! by Vik Venkatraman.
Brandi Walker, PhD
Dr. Walker is the CEO of Marie Pauline Consulting, LLC, her private practice dedicated to providing educational, clinical, and psychological guidance and expertise to organizations seeking to improve their social climate, employee and customer relations, and/or enhance their diversity and equity awareness.
Dr. Walker is also an executive leadership coach experienced in providing educational, clinical, and coaching guidance to military leaders and their teams in order to support strategic initiatives that target the reduction of mental health challenges for servicemen and women. She is a Howard University and University of Maryland, alumna and an Army Clinical Psychologist and faculty member at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC. Dr. Walker is also an active duty Army officer (soon to retire) who works directly with Service Members and their families, in addition to developing initiatives and collaborations that are in sync with the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness programming. Additionally, Dr. Walker maintains her earnest desire to further what is known about ADHD and continues to provide therapeutic expertise and researched-informed support to families and individuals that are impacted.
She spent the last seven years working with various hospitals, clinics, and schools conducting research on children with ADHD, their family and various sleep variables and environmental factors of influence. Dr. Walker’s community efforts entail collaboratively initiating the Prince George’s County (Maryland) CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Chapter and CHADD’s Southern Regional Support Center. Dr. Walker also focuses her efforts to training and advocacy on diversity, inclusion, equity, and intersectionality awareness and practices. She serves as Chair Past of the Diversity in the Military Committee, of the American Psychological Association's Society of Military Psychology (Division 19).