|Gladys Gossett Hankins, Ph.D.|
CINCINNATI, OH - Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Gladys Gossett Hankins to its Board of Trustees. A UI&U doctoral alumna, Hankins is an internationally-recognized diversity and organizational effectiveness consultant and currently serves as the president of Telora Victor, Inc. a consulting and publishing company she founded in 2000.
Prior to forming her own business, Hankins had a long career with the Procter & Gamble Company from 1975 until 2001, serving in various management capacities at P&G offices in Kansas City, Kansas, Baltimore, Maryland, and Cincinnati. She began her career at P&G as an employee services manager before becoming a human resource manager, a senior organizational effectiveness manager, and then served as a senior manager of supplier diversity.
In addition to her work with P&G, Hankins, since 1980, has engaged in training and consulting work in organizational effectiveness and managing diversity for several public and private organizations including New England Bell Telephone Company; New Jersey Bell Telephone Company; the University of Chicago; the University of Cincinnati; and the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, as well as for various companies located in Canada, Japan, Europe and Latin America.
From 1981 until 1985, Hankins served as an adjunct professor of personnel management at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, where she also conducted an American Management Associates Seminar titled "How Successful Women Manage"
Hankins is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Wall Street Journal Award, and was honored as a "Black Achiever" by YMCA of Cincinnati. In addition, she was awarded the key to the City of Kansas City, Missouri, for her civic contributions. Throughout her career, Hankins has served on several boards and committees. Currently, she serves – along with UI&U president Roger Sublett - on the board of trustees for Hospice of Cincinnati, where she chairs the diversity committee. She has also served as a board member for the NAACP of Kansas City, the Urban League of Kansas City, the Urban League of Cincinnati, the Urban League of Baltimore, and the Franciscan Health Systems in Cincinnati.
The author of the books Diversity Blues and How to Shake 'em, which was released in November 2000, Hankins earned her Ph.D. from Union in 2000. She also holds an M.B.A. and a B.S./B.A. degree from Rockhurst College.