“I have dedicated over 25 years to developing people-centric solutions that improve operational excellence through technology, process, lifelong learning, and equitable workplace cultures.”

– James Brent White, Principal Owner, Founder

Meet James

Human Capital Management in Financial Services

James is a recognized thought leader in human capital management with over 25 years of experience at global, Fortune 500, financial services firms, including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and Credit Suisse. He has a proven track record of success in operational excellence, talent development, and cultural transformation.

James has worked cross-functionally across business lines and Human Resources centers of excellence. In his most recent roles as the first Head of Diversity & Inclusion at OppenheimerFunds and then again at Lord Abbett, he successfully developed and implemented robust cultural change management strategies. These strategies led to measurable impacts in employee experience, representation of diverse talent, community investment, and brand reputation.

James is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant. He is passionate about using his expertise to help organizations create high-performing cultures that attract, retain, and develop top talent.

Non-Profit Leadership & Consulting

James is a seasoned non-profit leader with over 10 years of experience serving on non-profit boards having recently been nominated to join the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Board of Directors.

Leveraging his corporate leadership experience, James also works as a non-profit consultant where he collaborates with non-profit boards to build high-performing teams and integrates human capital management practices to improve staff performance.

Areas of Expertise

Company names and corporate titles tell the story of career progression, but they don’t often provide insights into those core leadership competencies and areas of expertise that are transferrable in solving problems across industries, lines of business, and geographic locations.

With over 25 years’ experience in the corporate sector, James has garnered deep proficiency and subject matter expertise across a variety of success-critical areas, including:

 

  • Cultural Change Management
  • Strategy
  • Management Consulting
  • C-suite and People Leader Development
  • Utility Player
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Team Building
  • Vision
  • Project Management
  • Coaching, Mentoring, and Sponsorship
  • HRIS Data Infrastructure, including Data Mining and Analysis
  • Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
  • Content Development
  • Relationship Building, Collaboration, and Strategic Partnerships
  • Client Engagement
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"In an age of anger, and snap reactions, and seemingly all-knowing AI, we should put more emphasis on contemplation as a way of being. We should embrace an unfinished state of thinking, the constant work of challenging our preconceived notions, seeking out those with whom we disagree, and sometimes still not knowing. We are mortal beings, driven to know more than we ever will or ever can."

 

–  Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic, The Coming Humanist  Renaissance

“Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.”

 

–  Cornel West

“Each and every one of us holds the power to positively impact the life of another. Life is more fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding when we are persistently engaged in the pursuit of bettering the lives of those less fortunate.”

 

–  Rich Roll

"The collective wisdom of nearly every society over time seems to agree: selflessness ties us together and benefits both self and community."

 

–  Richard Lui,
   Enough About Me, The Unexpected Power of Selflessness

“Give the respect you want to receive; embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever.”

 

–  Senator Cory Booker

Management Consulting Services

James leverages a vast career history, research, external benchmarking, best practices, and change management concepts to develop innovative, customized solutions in three key areas:

Human Capital Management

Let’s collaborate to design customized, best-in-class people processes, policy frameworks, and talent strategies that will unleash the full potential of your workforce. Together, we can identify and address critical areas of opportunity across the human capital management landscape, including:

 

  • Human Capital Management Transformation
  • Culture
  • D,E,I Integration into Core HR Centers of Excellence
  • Employee Experience
  • Policy Modernization
  • Harassment, Bullying, and Workplace Discrimination
  • Workforce Planning
  • Talent Development
  • Performance Management, including Coaching and Feedback
  • HRIS, including Infrastructure, Integrity, Reporting
    and Data “Bill of Rights”
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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Creating a more equitable employee experience in today’s complex cultural landscape requires a customized and informed strategy that reflects your organization’s culture. We can help you achieve this goal by conducting a comprehensive cultural assessment and developing a multi-year D,E,I strategic solution that will facilitate trust, buy-in, and engagement leading to a positive cultural evolution, including:

 

  • Cultural Assessment
  • D,E,I Strategy Development
  • Cultural Change Management, including
    Cultural Performance Indicators (CPIs)
  • Marketing and Communication Strategies
  • Educational Programming
  • Group Discussion Facilitation
  • Employee Community Networks
  • Event Design
  • Strategic Partnerships and Non-Profit Investment
  • Role Definitions and Accountability Models
  • Human Capital Management Integration

Non-Profit Leadership Excellence

Solving complex social problems requires an organization that has a strong culture, effective leadership, business expertise, and a growth mindset. We can help you achieve this by bringing together our experience in the corporate sector and non-profit board leadership roles. Together, we will unleash the potential of your board of directors and staff through strategic success pillars, including:

 

  • Strategy
  • Governance, Role Definition, and Performance Management
  • Board Culture
  • Bylaws, Policy, and Code of Conduct
  • Human Capital Management Practices for Non-Profits
  • Skills Development, both Technical and Leadership
  • Marketing, Branding, and Strategic Communications
  • Capacity Building, including Development
  • Movement Building
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Need a Thought Partner?

Whether you’re in need of a consultant or would like to discuss a problem in need of a solution, I’d be happy to share my thoughts, suggestions, and resources as well as make strategic introductions that can help you reach your goals.

Send a message through the form below or get a jump-start by scheduling a 30-minute introductory call on Calendly.

Let’s collaborate!
– James

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