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2019 Lola M. Parker Achievement Award

Lola M. Parker Outstanding Business Woman  (2019)


Dr. Sharoni Denise Little, CEO, The Strategist Company, LLC, is a global strategist and expert in diversity, equity, and belonging, implicit bias, strategic leadership, social justice, and communication. An author and renowned scholar, she helps organizations and communities devise holistic, evidence-based strategies and solutions.

Dr. Little, also the Associate Dean/Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Professor, Business Communication at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, leads the organizational DEI strategy. Beyond the University, Dr. Little advises and partners with numerous organizations, executives, educators, and community leaders, both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Little earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, and Law, an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Communication from Cal State Los Angeles.

Dr. Little has received several leadership, mentoring, teaching, and research awards, and is completing her forthcoming books, The Perpetual Surveillance of Black Men, and Diapers and Dissertations: Women, Education, and Work. She has been featured in various media outlets, including her TEDx talk, The Gift of Corrective Lenses, NBC, Fox News, and PBS.

In addition to her scholarly and advisory efforts, Dr. Little is an educational and social advocate who currently partners with the Aspen Institute, Center for Native American Youth, The Obama Foundation, Children and Nature Network, Cal State LA CPGE Program teaching incarcerated students, serves on various boards, and is an elected Community College Board Trustee. While she values her role as a strategist, advocate, and scholar, Dr. Little’s most cherished blessing is being the proud mother of twin sons, Jared and Jaren.

To whom much is given, much is required, Luke 12:48.