Let's Succeed Together!
Breaking Down Barriers and
Bridging the Gap
Meet Brenda Girton-Mitchell
BrendaGirtonMitchell is an internationally renowned advocate for human and civil rights, diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate, government, education and non-profit workplaces.
Brenda is an advocate of lifelong learning.
Racial Justice Consultant
Transformation requires teamwork to identify issues, develop change management strategies, and create workplace cultures where everyone is has a sense of being valued and respected.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Hampton Ministers’ Conference
Jack and Jill, Inc. Teen Leadership Summit
Ms. Black USA Pageant Keynote
National Black Nurses Association
National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
The Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity- Facilitator
Wesley Theological Seminary and Grace and Race Ministries Workshops
George Washington University Interfaith Baccalaureate
Indianapolis Public Schools
Morehouse School of Religion, C.D. Hubert Lecture
NAACP Awards Banquet, Gary Indiana Chapter
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
NEXCOM Women’s History Month
Volunteers of America, Inc. Northeast Region Workshop Leader
Wilberforce University Commencement Speaker
Honors and Awards
National Council of Negro Women Bethune Recognition Award
Outstanding Woman in Ministry
Wesley Theological Seminary
John Wesley Award of Merit
State of Indiana
Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Highest Award Given
US Department of Education
MLK Drum Major for Service Award
Extraordinary Commitment to Community Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers, Inductee
Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary
Juris Doctor, Honors, Chicago Kent College of Law
Master of Science, Indiana University/Purdue University
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Ball State University
United States Supreme Court District of Columbia
The Institute for Federal Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion
Wesley Theological Seminary
National Bar Association Illinois Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association Washington Bar Association
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Life Member
National Council of Negro Women, Legacy Life Member
Toastmasters International Leadership Greater Washington
Washington Urban League, Life Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Metropolitan Baptist Church
U.S. Department of Education
Served as the liaison to the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (WHOFBNP) to deliver services to those in need in accordance with Executive Order13559. Provided leadership to the Secretary’s D&I working group supporting initiatives to promote a welcoming, respectful and inclusive culture.
National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA
Provided leadership for the public policy and advocacy activities of the NCCC.
Developed and implemented diversity education programs for senior executives to help establish diversity as a business imperative to insure the ultimate success of the company.
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Brenda is one of the most thoughtful, compassionate leaders I know. As we all strive to fight structural racism and increase diversity and inclusion, Brenda will listen to us, she will hear us, she will challenge us and she will teach us. Her moral clarity and her wisdom made me and my team better every day.
Former Secretary of Education
Brenda Girton-Mitchell is a uniquely gifted, transformational leader, whose commitment to racial justice and bridge-building is unmatched. She is an exceptional facilitator and inspirational speaker who has used her background and experience to bring people together from diverse backgrounds to build meaningful relationships and breakdown barriers of injustice. Brenda is effective, motivational, and has a wonderful way of motivating others to make a positive difference.
Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune
Chief Operating Officer
National Council of the Churches
The experiences of Brenda Girton-Mitchell hold the power to inspire others to achieve their life ambitions and entrepreneurial dreams. What better way to learn from the experiences of others than to hear the wisdom from their own words? Working outside of herself, Brenda exudes strength and confidence. Waiting for the storm to pass, she dances in the rain, leading others to join her, unafraid to have vision and power. Confident in her intelligence, trusting in her intuition, Brenda is an instrument of change and heart.
Youlanda Gibbons, PhD
Department of Sociology
I have had the privilege of working with her, and I know she is a very competent and caring person. She has strong leadership communication skills, and she is able to motivate individuals to joyfully complete any task under her care.Brenda is a bridge builder. Her presence and graceful spirit, inspires others to strive for excellence. Her passion for advancing racial understanding and social justice is evident in the creative ways she engages our congregation and community to become advocates for overcoming racism.
Dr. Maurice Watson
Metropolitan Baptist Church
Brenda is truly a gifted facilitator who has the amazing ability to shepherd multi-dimensional, diverse groups through difficult but important conversations without alienating or shaming individuals because of their past actions or histories. I wish more people and organizations could experience. Brenda’s workshops to help them move beyond habitually toxic behaviors and patterns into cultivating physical, emotional and spiritual spaces that continually nurture positive growth and more meaningful existence.
Previous Workshop Participant
Brenda Girton-Mitchell brings a high level of skill, discernment, and focus to all of her work. If you want something that gets the buy in of the group you are trying to reach or you are hoping to show leadership in a new area, Brenda's years of experience and insights will help you take that next step in a timely and efficient way. Brenda models excellence, trust, and integrity in all of her work.
Strategic Principles, LLC
Brenda Girton-Mitchell facilitated a series of conversations at our church in response to the national outcry over the murder of Mr. George Floyd in 2020. She has an outstanding ability to read a room, even a virtual one, to get to the heart of the matter. She expertly navigated our landmines while remaining responsive to current events as they unfolded. She tailors her approach by listening and going the extra mile to understand the context into which she enters.
Brenda's skill as an anti-racist consultant and ability to lead, teach, train, and speak in times of crisis is superb and unmatched. Her soft-spoken approach and creative facilitation style eased participants into sharing some of their most intimate, compelling, and horrific experiences, which shaped their understanding of race and culture.
Rev. Aleisha A. Langhorne
Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church