Marsha R. Bonner is a senior human resources business executive, an internationally recognized diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner, empowerment speaker, human rights advocate, community outreach and engagement liaison, keynote speaker, moderator, and event producer.
Marsha is active in grassroots multicultural, women, LGBTQI/SGL, domestic violence, social justice, and humanitarian initiatives. Marsha garnered international acclaim after her appearance on the ABC network television program “What Would you Do?” in an episode titled, “Hairdresser Disapproves of Interracial Couple.” Marsha’s diplomatic boldness against intolerance in a Harlem barbershop created a “teachable moment” that became a viral sensation. The video of her appearance has received over two hundred million views across the world. The show also caught the attention of ABC’s “Nightline” which aired a clip of Marsha in a news segment about “What Would You Do?” hosted by veteran news correspondent, Mr. John Quiñones.
Marsha has over 25-years of experience across all areas of human resources within for-profit and non-profit organizations. An expert in driving continuous improvement efforts through the design and implementation of innovative programs, processes, policies, and procedures. Marsha is recognized for her strategic approach to transform organizational culture, maximize recruitment productivity, and boost staff performance and retention, producing operational cost-savings and advancing diversity, inclusion, and equality efforts.
Marsha has held key senior positions at The New York Times, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Legal Aid Society and Urban Resource Institute. In addition, she has worked as a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Human Resources Senior Consultant with MRW Consulting Group International, LLC and has also partnered with Becker Professional Education conducting live webinars and recording on-demand human resources and DEI courses for professionals in the areas of accounting, finance, project management and healthcare.
Marsha holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from The New School and a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Baruch College. She also holds professional certifications from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is a member of the organization.
Marsha and her wife Sanora have four children, one daughter-in-law and one grandchild.