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Stella Nkomo - SynNovator

Stella M. Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to joining the University of Pretoria she was the Bateman Distinguished Professor of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa's Graduate School of Business Leadership.

She is a former Scholar-in-Residence at Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and Visiting Scholar at the Tuck Business School of Dartmouth College (USA). Her internationally recognized work on race and gender and managing diversity appears in numerous journals and edited volumes. She is co-author with Prof Ella L. J. Bell of the critically acclaimed Harvard Business School Press book, Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity, and the recently published, Courageous Conversations: A Collection of Interviews and reflections on responsible leadership by South African Captains of Industry. She is listed in the International Who's Who in the Management Sciences for her pioneering research on race and gender in organisations.

Stella is a sought after consultant, facilitator, and speaker. She is a certified facilitator and feedback expert. She has consulted with and assisted both profit and not-for-profit organisations with issues of diversity management, leadership development, leading change, managing human resources, and fostering innovation in the USA, in South Africa, and in Europe. Some of her recent clients include the Office on the Status of Women in the Presidency of South Africa, Mintek, Telkom, Vodacom, Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board, Cumulus Division of Kentron, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Goldfields, Gijima, Ascent: Leading Multicultural Women to the Top, Transnet, ABSA, Accordia Foundation, Tshwane University of Technology, and Standard Bank.

Professor Nkomo served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, the premier association for business school scholars and educators. She is a past member of the executive board of the Human Resource Management Division and the former chair of the Women in Management Division of the Academy of Management. In 2009, she was nominated and ran for Vice- President Elect of the Academy of Management. She served a two-year term on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership in the USA and was a member of the Council of the University of Venda (South Africa). In 2008, she was elected a member of the International Women's Forum of South Africa. She is the recipient of the 2009 Sage Scholarly Contributions Award (Academy of Management) for her contributions to gender and diversity research in organisations.