Appointed to OU's Board of Trustees in May 2007, Monica E. Emerson is currently principal of Inclusive Performance Solutions, a diversity and inclusion consultancy company. In this capacity, she advises senior leaders on strategies, programs and processes that optimize individual and organizational performance. Formerly appointed by the Secretary of the Navy as the first Navy Diversity Officer for the U.S. Department of Navy, she advised top military officers and the Senior Executive Service on all aspects of its diversity strategies and initiatives. She retired from DaimlerChrysler Corporation where she served as a member of its senior management team and the executive director of Corporate Diversity Office. A nationally respected corporate strategist on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, she received numerous awards including the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Women in Defense Michigan Chapter, Presidential Diversity Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women of Color in Technology and Business. Emerson has presented on diversity and inclusion to leaders in private industry, government and educational institutions in Europe, Africa and Asia. Among others, she served on the Women in Defense Board of Advisers, Catalyst Inc. Board of Advisers, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Board of Directors, and Focus: HOPE Board of Directors. Emerson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and secondary education from OU, a Masters of Arts degree in guidance and counseling from Wayne State University and a professional development in management degree from the University of Michigan.