Uva Cristina Coles is Founder and CEO of Inclusiva, LLC—a boutique consulting firm with specialization in the development of inclusive workforce strategies.
A non-profit and higher education executive, Uva has garnered over 25 years of experience focused on designing and delivering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion solutions, spearheading workforce development strategies, negotiating local-to-global partnerships, and ideating and implementing inclusive career management initiatives. Additionally, Uva has also led the development of, or served as a senior advisor to, emerging Diversity and Inclusion Strategies and Councils.
Most recently, Uva served as Associate Vice President of Civic and Global Engagement at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania where she led the design and implementation of the university’s first center for civic and global engagement, oversaw international student services, and managed the university’s key global partnerships and exchange programs in Costa Rica, China, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Uva’s service work includes a current appointment with the City of Philadelphia’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, board membership with LEADERSHIP Philadelphia and with Believe in Students, and trusteeship with the Philadelphia Award. Previous service includes board membership with the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia where she participated in the Workforce Equity initiative. Uva also co-chaired the education sub-committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Roadmap for Growth Steering Committee. Additionally, she was appointed to Mayor Kenney’s first international workforce delegation to Germany and to Philadelphia’s Citywide Workforce Strategy Committee. A thought leader on inclusive policies, practices, and programs, Uva’s most recent honors and awards include nomination to Technical.ly’s 2020 Culture Builder of the Year Award, recipient of the 2019 Al Dia News Hispanic Heritage Award in Education, the 2018 Urban Affairs Coalition Friend Award, and the 2018 Social Innovations Award for her leadership in leveraging education as a poverty disruptor in underserved communities. Her work has been featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal, The Inquirer, and Al Dia News, among other publications. She is also a guest commentator on inclusive issues for Telemundo62.
Uva is a graduate of Claflin University (BA) and Wilmington University (MSM). A native of the Republic of Panama with native fluency in Spanish, Uva is an orgullosa (proud) Afro-Latina immigrant who now lives in Delaware with her husband and their two sons.