Lily Tang is President and Co-founder of The Everest Project. She has 15 years of executive experience in the areas of diversity and executive leadership. A former CEO of an international holding company, associate professor, business journalist, and corporate strategy consultant.  Learn more about Lily's work.


Pamela is co-founder of The Everest Project and has spent the past decade working in executive leadership and diversity, leading the team that completed the Black Women Executives Research Initiative. Prior to that, she spent over 20 years working in investment banking as a Managing Director. Read more about her experience.

Erin lee
Associate Director

Erin has more than 15 years of experience in diversity & inclusion and women’s leadership. She has experience managing non-profit programs focused on diversity training and building partnerships. Learn more about her work here.

Research Team

Lisa Friedman

Lisa is an Organizational Development consultant with over 25 years of experience in individual and organizational development.  Her expertise includes diversity and women's leadership, organizational change, career management,  talent and leadership development. Read about her work here.


Natividad has over 20 years of experience in strategy development, organization change, leadership development, and diversity. Most recently, she was an executive at JPMorgan Chase. Learn more here.


Joy is a Human Resources consultant with over 20 years experience in financial services. At JPMorgan Chase, her responsibilities included corporate leadership, diversity, talent and performance management. Read about her work here.


Morgan is an attorney in Austin, TX and in 2006 was a researcher for the Black Women Executives Research Initiative, commissioned by The Executive Leadership Council. Learn more about her work here.

leslie grossman

Leslie has been helping companies, professionals, executives and business owners achieve success for 25 years. She is a leadership and business/career development strategist and an the author. Learn more here.

Academic Researchers

Senior Academic RESEARCHER

Lex is Assistant Professor of Management at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. Her research focus involves status, power and diversity in organizations. Learn more here.


Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Management at UCLA. Her research focuses on how the experience of power changes the way we come to understand the world around us. Learn about her work here.


Marla is Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development at Northeastern University. Her research focus is gender, diversity, modern sexism, sexuality in the workplace, and organizational politics. Learn more about Marla. 

Board of Directors

David Hirsch, Chair, is a social entrepreneur who has spearheaded a series of ventures that have challenged the status quo. He co-founded Miles Electric Vehicles, the first Western-owned electric car company in China. David has served on numerous foundations and health and mental health service delivery boards, including Jewish Family Services and the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.  David is also the Senior Fellow at Points of Light Institute and Entrepreneur in Residence, NORC at the University of Chicago.

Pamela Carlton is co-founder of The Everest Project. She has over 20 years of investment banking experience as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, and prior to that, Morgan Stanley.  More recently, Pamela has worked for over 10 years in the area of executive leadership and diversity, as founder and President of Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership.


Lily Tang is President and Co-founder of The Everest Project. She has 15 years of executive experience in the areas of diversity and executive leadership. A former CEO of an international holding company, associate professor, business journalist, and corporate strategy consultant, she has led global employee performance assessments for Fortune 500 companies, including engagements specifically addressing development and retention challenges of women in high-potential and executive positions. She has also created a signature framework for coaching teams to execute on change and innovation.

Tanya Lewis Kelly consults in organizational capacity building, management, administration and governance with expertise focused on nonprofits and the public sector. She served as a member of the inaugural staff of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Black Community Crusade for Children in Washington, DC and Deputy Director of the Harlem Community Justice Center. Tanya is a certified trainer in Restorative Practices and conducts professional development trainings around the country.


Claire Wyckoff currently serves as Director of Development and Communications at Partnership for Children’s Rights. Previously, she has held executive positions in both publishing and nonprofit, including Publisher at the American Management Association and a Trustee of the NY Junior League. Claire is the author of The Right Leader: Finding Executives Who Fit, as well as, three other books in the field of career management.