A founding member of the Alliance and an accomplished leader in equity and inclusion, Dr. Wiley steps into the role after six years as VP of Corporate Culture for Innisfree Hotels.
GULF BREEZE, Fla., Jan. 17, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dr. Lusharon Wiley, who for the past six years has led corporate culture, equity and inclusion efforts at Innisfree Hotels (innisfreehotels.com) as Vice President of Corporate Culture, has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Equity Project Alliance (EPA), working with local business leaders to effect sustainable change in Escambia County and northwest Florida.
Dr. Wiley, who holds degrees in political science from Tuskegee University and the University of Illinois and who earned a doctor of education degree in Diversity Studies from the University of West Florida, is a longtime resident of Pensacola and a founding member of the EPA (equityprojectalliance.com). She steps in as Executive Director of the EPA, founded three years ago by Julian and Kim MacQueen, at a time of tremendous growth and opportunity for the organization, which has become a hub for community groups seeking to build equity through sustainable solutions to identified issues.
"We are confident that, under Dr. Wiley's leadership, the EPA will achieve a new level of success toward its mission and vision," said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels, which supports the EPA through Innisfree's Hive community initiatives. "Dr. Wiley has distinguished herself as a dynamic leader in her commitment to racial and social equity, and her experience and talents make her an exceptional person to lead the EPA."
A difference-maker in local communities and a passionate leader in equity and inclusion, Dr. Wiley was named one of the Most Influential People in Pensacola by Inweekly Magazine in 2023 as well as a recipient of the HERpreneur Network Icon Award for Florida. With prior work in higher education before joining Innisfree, Dr. Wiley volunteers on the boards of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, the Pensacola Children's Chorus, the Pensacola-Escambia Promotion and Development Commission, and others.
Since its inception, The EPA has sparked immersive conversations and hosted powerful speakers to promote transformative thinking and creative action. Along with data-driven statistics on social disparities, the EPA is poised to take on an even bigger role as a community resource and change agent with support of groups like the Hive.
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