Pride Season is here and our team is growing. We are excited to take this opportunity to introduce you to the newest members joining our Board of Directors this June!
For 16 years, Pride in Our Workplace has operated as a volunteer-run organization. Our events, initiatives, and resources are fueled by the passion and career experience of our incredible Board! As we continue to grow, we are thrilled to see what our newest members bring to our organization.
Without further ado, meet Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller, Kiera Penpeci, and Tim Smith!
Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller (she/her) drives transformational change as an activist, champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED+I), musician, and mom. As Chief Diversity Officer and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leader at PTC, she is responsible for supporting the company’s full activation of opportunity in this space.
She brings over 20 years of experience in ED+I and CSR initiatives across industries including entertainment, financial services, technology, and travel. Kameelah is passionate about empowering individuals, communities, and organizations to recognize their ability to create impactful change through strong brands, healthy environments, and clear purpose.
She’s worked with organizations including Gillette/P&G, Korn Ferry, youth programs, social justice organizations, and correctional facilities. Prior to PTC, she co-founded and led ED+I at Tripadvisor, where she ignited a small program into its current global remit, extending efforts into the workplace and product experience.
As the founder of G-Rock Music, Kameelah has dedicated the past several years to elevating the voices of womxn in rock and womxn of color in music. The collective focuses on showcasing emerging, renowned, and legendary womxn in music by creating forums and platforms for artists to share their story and their craft.
Kameelah received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University, and her Master’s in African-New World Studies from Florida International University.
She has a penchant for karaoke, RVing, and classic rock.
Dr. Kiera Penpeci (she/they) is an organizational and leadership psychologist with a background in nonprofit, higher-ed, and high-tech organizations. The focus of her work is in developing diversifying organizations to improve the quality of their practices, to increase the sense of belonging, and to prime them to operate with DEI in mind.
Kiera has about a decade of experience in Human Resources (HR) and organizational development where she has partnered with global organizations in navigating a range of people needs such as performance management and change management. The focus of her current work in OD and DEI consulting includes leveraging her deep knowledge of people systems to coach, advise, facilitate, and assess small local non-profits to large multinational corporations.
Kiera earned a BS in Psychology at University of Massachusetts at Boston, and an MA in Organizational Development and a PsyD in Organizational and Leadership Psychology from William James College. Additionally, she is a certified yoga instructor and professor at her alma mater. She integrates the intersection of her various educational experiences to foster an approach to her work that is rooted in individual and organizational healing.
In additional to her consulting work, Kiera commits to spreading awareness and advocating for opportunities for womxn at the intersection of gender, sexuality and race at people-centered panels and speaking engagements. She previously served as an advisor to the Wily Network board, Girls in Tech, and as a board member of TechTogether.
Tim Smith (he/him) is Vice President at Tides Foundation and Pledge 1%, helping companies of all sizes and industries build strategies to support their communities. Pledge 1% encourages all companies to leverage their assets (product, employees, financial resources) for social good. Prior to joining Tides and Pledge 1% in 2022, Tim led the “Business for Greater Boston” initiative and served as a Senior Director at the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation. As part of his role at TBF, Tim oversaw the work of the Equality Fund, a special initiative funding and supporting 20+ LGBTQ+-serving nonprofits annually. Tim serves on the Boards of New England International Donors and Pride in Our Workplace, and regularly helps venture philanthropy funds with their due diligence and engagement efforts. Tim and his Partner live in Greater Boston with their dog Wyatt.