With a keen awareness of intercultural dynamics in the workplace, Cindy-Ann Thomas adeptly navigates clients through multiple diversity and inclusion challenges and opportunities. She brings more than 15 years of experience and high-level credentials to her role as both a strategic process diversity consultant and an employment attorney. Company executives in a broad spectrum of industries, including government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, higher education and professional services, look to her for diversity and inclusion services and counsel that emphasize talent development, engagement, productivity and retention.

Cindy-Ann’s unique qualifications as a knowledgeable employment attorney and skillful facilitator are applied in training that extends from the executive ranks to the shop floor. She engages with clients in order to understand what they need.  Specifically, and before any initiative is implemented, she gains deep insights into the client’s workplace by conducting culture assessments. These assessments may be as informal as in-depth conversations with organizational leaders or they may extend to the development and deployment of a comprehensive “culture scan” that captures the views of diversity and inclusion expressed by the client’s employees.

Licensed in Canada and the United States, Cindy-Ann possesses a multifaceted perspective on the design and implementation of meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives that are not only legally compliant but harness the potential of both stakeholders and individual contributors. She delivers her customized training programs to organizations that range in size from Fortune 500 companies to small, local businesses. 

Among her specialized services are these:

  • Facilitate executive orientation briefings geared toward assisting an organization’s key leaders in identifying current capabilities and next steps
  • Prepare and guide dynamic group workshops that raise awareness of and increase capabilities in working through diversity dynamics, unconscious bias and cultural competence
  • Develop client-specific, turn-key educational materials that allow companies to self-drive their internal equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity training programs
  • Deliver comprehensive EEO “train-the-trainer” programs for in-house facilitators
  • Lead one-on-one executive workshops that increase leaders’ diversity aptitude and skill development

For her vibrant and engaging training sessions, Cindy-Ann taps the resources of Littler Learning Group and its vast video library of contemporary diversity and inclusion scenarios. The videos’ targeted vignettes depict real-life workday issues in a captivating and engaging way.

Cindy-Ann completed the requirements for designation as a Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training Subject Matter Expert, and she is also a Qualified Administrator for the prestigious Intercultural Development Inventory. She is co-chair of Littler’s EEO & Diversity Practice Group and regularly speaks before professional associations, human resource groups, universities and industry trade groups throughout the country. Prior to her legal career, she was a human resources executive at an international business development corporation, where she addressed many of the organizational issues facing the companies she now advises and trains.

*Not licensed to practice law in North Carolina

Professional & Community Affiliations


Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)


Multicultural Corporate Compliance Association (MCCA)


National Public Employment and Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) Speaker’s Bureau


National Diversity Council (NDC)


Diversity Council Carolinas (DCC)


Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)


Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)

Speaking Engagements

Take Command: Lessons in Leadership

The Gray Classic 2016 Business Roundtable

July 14, 2016

Blame the New Workplace! Navigating HR Challenges Created by Workplace 3.0

NCSHRM State Conference, Concord, NC

September 24, 2015

Diversity & Inclusion 2015: Spearheading A Meaningful Initiative That Won’t Drive Your General – and Outside – Counsel Crazy!

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) CLE Program Series

August 18, 2015

Where Diversity & Inclusion Meet the Law: Hot Topics in 2015 for the Healthcare Professional

Carolinas Healthcare Systems Annual Diversity Symposium 2015

April 10, 2015

Conducting Legal Investigations: An Interactive Program for Internal Investigators

Littler Mendelson, Greensboro, NC

October 9, 2013

Mean Girls (and Boys): The Workplace Bullying Problem

State Conference – North Carolina SHRM, Winston-Salem, NC

October 1, 2013

From the Range to the Workplace: Bullies on the Job

National Training Conference – National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, San Antonio, TX

April 10, 2013

Getting Beyond Diversity Day: Developing Meaningful (and Legal) Strategies That Support Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Where Diversity & Inclusion Meet the Law

Diversity Council of the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC

September 22, 2011

Conducting Lawful Investigations: A Practical Skills Primer for Internal HR Professionals

Ohio Provider Resource Association, Cincinnati, OH

February 10, 2011

Finally: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Annual Diversity Conference – Society for Human Resource Management, New Orleans, LA

October 11, 2010

Diversity in 2010: New Decade, New Dilemmas

8th Annual Diversity Conference – Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC

May 7, 2010

Conducting Lawful Investigations: A Practical Skills Primer for Internal HR Professionals

National Training Conference – National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, New Orleans, LA

April 10, 2010

When Harry Met Sally – at Work: The Workplace Dating Game

Annual Training Conference – Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

February 9, 2010

Landmines, Trends and Tools

Charlotte, NC

December 4, 2009

Online Networking: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Charlotte, NC

December 4, 2009

Beyond the Basics: A Mini Boot Camp for Leaders

Fall Training Conference – Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

October 5, 2009

Breaking the Bond Between Discrimination and Retaliation

Annual Training Conference – Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

February 6, 2009


  • LL.B., University of Windsor Faculty of Law, 1996
  • B.A., McGill University, 1989


  • French

Bar Admission

Ontario, Canada


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada