Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist │ Leadership Consultant
Dannika Kemp Avent is a Leader at I Follow the Leader LLC, a leadership consulting firm specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I Follow the Leader was launched in 2016 to heighten awareness and readiness of DEI initiatives within companies.
Dannika and the team partner with organizations to move them along the diversity continuum, improve their overall culture, and increase profitability, creativity, and innovation.
Dannika is an Organizational Consultant, Instructional Designer and DEI Leader by trade. Dannika is passionate about the professional and personal development of others and has led the growth of hundreds of professionals and learners in the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Dannika is completing a Master of Science in Instructional Design from Quinnipiac University in 2021. Dannika currently holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Executive Coaching from the University of New Haven. Dannika also has two undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Dannika is based in the southeastern region of Connecticut. Dannika has been a strategic leader at Yale University for over 10 years with vast professional experiences to include work with faculty, students, and staff. Previously, Dannika held a leadership role in opening the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino, and served as a Therapeutic Social Worker for children with mental health illnesses and trauma experiences with the State of Connecticut.