Dr. Sharoni Denise Little
Head, Global Inclusion Strategy
Dr. Sharoni Denise Little, serves as Head, Global Inclusion Strategy, at Creative Artists Agency where she oversees strategically guide’s the company’s robust set of initiatives to ensure the most enriching, inclusive, and equitable culture to be a catalyst of innovation, creativity, and transformation in the entertainment industry. The CEO, The Strategist Company, LLC, a boutique consultancy and former Vice Dean and Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer/Professor at the USC, Marshall School of Business, Sharoni is an expert in workplace inclusion, equity, and antiracism, mitigating bias, strategic leadership and communication, critical race, and global organizational strategy. A noted author, Sharoni is completing her forthcoming book, The Perpetual Surveillance of Black Men (2021), and has contributed chapters on Michelle Obama and racialized educational disparities. She has been featured in various media outlets, including her two TEDx talks, Storytime: Confronting and Disrupting Marginalizing Narratives (2020), and The Gift of Corrective Lenses (2016), the Financial Times, Marketplace, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and PBS. She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, an Ed.D. in Administrative Leadership from the USC, Rossier School of Education, and her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Communication and Management from California State University, Los Angeles.
An educational and social advocate, committed to giving back to the community in which she was born and raised, Sharoni serves as a Board Trustee and Vice-Chair at Compton Community College, advocating for educational equity and access, community engagement, and culturally responsive pedagogy and curricula. She is an Inaugural Trustee Fellow (2020-2021) for strategic thought-leaders developed in partnership with the California Community Colleges and the Aspen Institute, College Excellence Program. Sharoni also serves as a Senior Advisor for the City of Compton, Compton Pledge Guaranteed Income program and the Compton, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. In 2016, she became a Senior Adviser and Evaluator for Fresh Tracks, a youth leadership development partnership between the Aspen Institute’s, Forum for Community Solutions, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at The Obama Foundation, and the Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders for youth from urban, rural, and tribal communities. Sharoni also served as the founding Chief Operations Officer of the Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC), a violence prevention and education community center in Compton, California, established by Serena and Venus Williams, in honor of their sister who was tragically murdered. Sharoni serves the broader community as a LA County Commissioner for the Policy Roundtable for Childcare and Development and sits on several boards.
While she values her professional and community efforts, her most cherished blessing is being the proud mother of her twin sons, Jared and Jaren To whom much is given, much is required, Luke 12:48.