Bettina M. Straight

FORWARD Women's Leadership Forum

March 18, 19 & 20, 2021

Bettina M. Straight (she/her)

Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Organizational Effectiveness at Walden University


My passion is helping people see something from a new perspective and hearing, “Wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way.” Therein lies the opportunity for growth and change.

With a background in higher education and healthcare, I bring a breadth of experience and a passion for helping people achieve success, however they define it. I am a connector, a coach, a trainer, a speaker and always, a student of life and what it has to offer. I am not afraid to have the difficult conversations, especially around race, inequity, privilege, and belonging and often, I am supporting others who are afraid to begin. I believe in saying yes to opportunities of growth and adventure and will always encourage others to do the same.

My areas of expertise are:
• Organizational and leadership development
• Diversity, inclusion and equity
• Training and facilitation
• Coaching
• Employee engagement
• Change management