Nicole Yates, Ph.D. joins Keen Independent Research as Consultant

Dr. Nicole Yates joins Keen Independent with expertise in equity, diversity and inclusion. Her experience includes quantitative and qualitative analyses supporting people of color in STEM careers. She has conducted extensive research focused on the motivation, belonging and identity of racially minoritized students taking a critical approach to established theoretical frameworks in psychology. Her employment research has expanded opportunities for historically marginalized groups.

As a former senior research analyst and applications specialist at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Nicole conducted research that informed organizational priorities. She also served as the director of membership and registration where she collected and leveraged recruitment data to increase the membership pool for NSBE.

In addition to supporting the firm’s equity research, Nicole is active in our arts and venues practice areas.
She also serves on the Executive Board of the Conundrum Theatre Company in Burbank, CA.

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