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WHO WE ARE

Thought Partner Solutions (TPS) was founded in 2016 with a single mission: to provide support for transformative leaders. When we entered our fifth year, TPS evolved into a boutique consulting firm with two full-time staff, a small team of dynamic facilitators, and a growing network of partners (not clients) across the country. In 2022, our growth continues with the addition of a new Partner Solutions Manager.   Though we’ve grown a bit since our founding, we’re still the same at heart.  As a BIPOC-owned company, we are personally and professional invested in eradicating institutional racism - offering solutions that help our partners to build an antiracist workplace, support & care for people, implement antiracist policies & behaviors, and develop transformative equity leaders.  Contact us today and let's see how we can partner for good.

 
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JAMAL JIMERSON

CEO & Principal Consultant

Jamal Jimerson, M.S., M.A.B.C., is the owner and CEO for TPS. He is also the founder & Executive Director of Minority Inclusion Project, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to helping the nonprofit sector close the racial leadership and governance gap. 

Jamal has a Master of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in the Management of Nonprofit Agencies (Capella University), a Master of Arts in Business Communications with a concentration in Leadership & Influence (Jones International University), and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (University of Bridgeport) where he concentrated on understanding the roles of communication in fostering interaction and interdependence across gender, race, and culture.

Jamal has given presentations and keynotes on racial equity, diversity, and inclusive leadership for thousands at workshops, regional and national conferences, nonprofits, colleges, and businesses that combines research, personal stories, and his professional experience.


Jamal is the proud father of two children – Leila Nicole and Malcolm Jamal – whom he credits as his personal “Board of directors.”

ELIZABETH BASHIR

Director of Business Development & Projects

Elizabeth Bashir, MBA, was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut where she found her love of the ocean and the great outdoors. She is an adventure seeker and solo traveler who is always ready for her next challenge. She earned her Undergraduate Degree from Southern Connecticut State University before tackling her master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of New Haven. With a background in higher education and student success, she takes a profound approach to both the student and client experience, bound to leave her impact.


In 2015, Elizabeth delved deeper into her passion for activism, equity and diversity education while gaining experience in the nonprofit sector. She is undoubtedly devoted to unlocking the potential we all possess to be the best versions of ourselves each day; stronger visionaries, trailblazing leaders, and exceptional members of our families and communities.


As the Director of Business Development & Projects, Elizabeth oversees our business development program which includes activities that result in new partnerships and projects. She is the primary point of contact for all potential clients providing all organization and product/curriculum information and step by step assistance throughout their engagement with TPS.

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JENITA HAYES

Partner Solutions Manager

Jenita Marie Hayes, a Syracuse native that was raised in the great city of Bridgeport, CT. She is a loving wife, devoted mother of 3 precious daughters, a godmother, auntie, niece, granddaughter, sister and one of two “honey-bronze jewels” of her mother. Most of all, she prides herself in being a child of God.


Jenita has a passion for people, community, and collaboration that leads to shared understanding and transparent communication among all. With every position she has held Jenita has provided key leadership in training, technical assistance and has engaged with all levels of staff, management, partners and individuals to improve their practices, integrate equity, and increase collaboration.


From her time serving as an AmeriCorps member through Public Allies CT, completing the Leadership Development Roundtable (2020-21) experience, and the amazing opportunity to co-create a charter with wonderful African American women called the Connecticut Race Equity Network (CT REN), she looks forward to continuing the collaborative work as the Partner Solutions Manager with Thought Partner Solutions.