Ken Coopwood, Sr., Ph.D., CDE, HBDICP, CDROI Professional
National Diversity Educator, Writer and Leader
Co-Founder, CoopLew, LLC
CEO, Coopwood Progressive Workshops & Developments
Born the youngest of sons of an eight-person household in Gary, Indiana, “Dr. Coop” has excelled rapidly in the fields of diversity education, employee relations, cognitive science, and identity development. A diversity educator, trainer, and scholar since 1992, he is a motivator whose efforts have afforded him honors such as: one of 12 People to Know in 2012, Society for Diversity Member of the Year in 2014, and a National Visionary Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine in 2015. His February 2017 webinar “Clarifying Campus Climate Initiatives” drew 350+ attendees. His 2018 Boot Camp was the first nationally to address and train for navigation of the lived-experiences of chief diversity officers.
Coopwood’s service to the field of education has entailed many leadership and civic roles, including senior-level responsibility at four public universities: two in Indiana, one in Missouri and another in Maryland. He currently leads two national consulting organizations; CoopLew, a diversity training consortium of researchers and scholars, and CPWD, LLC, a multi-faceted diversity education, speaking, research and development company. He also holds a senior role within another national consulting firm and topped the list of a national diversity professional’s directory in 2017. He is a certified diversity executive, creative problem solver, brain dominance consultant, and diversity return on investment professional. Coopwood recently completed national research diversity officer lived-experiences, which drew the highest national response rate for diversity research targeting practitioner experiences.
In the greater Washington D.C. area, Coopwood co-produces the Facebook-based Leadership & Development Series filmed in Loudoun County. He is the co-author of The Chronicles of Coop-de-Ville, a youth development diversity series, and leads a group of educators to provide youth and male development programs in Loudoun, Fairfax and Manassas City schools. He is a mentor at Youth For Tomorrow in Manassas, Va., and a member of the Rho Kappa Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Coopwood believes that diversity management is a prerequisite for effective change and that knowledge of people (cultural, psychological, and spiritual) is often absent when structural change is being implemented. He asserts that people are often more interested in their personal perceptions of others as opposed to the personal realities of others. His is known for his belief and educational philosophy: “In a nation where speculations of money, health, poverty and policy rank supreme in the conscience of the public mind, the most tragic and destructive display of human judgment is still that which conceals the absolute truth of a people,” and thrives to serve organizations via a simple truth as expressed by Boman and Deal, 2013, “Problems arise when structure is poorly aligned with circumstances.”