Eddie Pate, Ph.D

Eddie Pate, PhD (he/him/his), writes about inclusion, diversity, and equity
(ID&E). He has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University, where he is a member of its athletic Hall of Fame for football. Eddie has spent seventeen years doing ID&E work for Microsoft, Starbucks, Avanade, and Amazon, primarily in leadership roles.

He has also spent six years doing ID&E speaking and consulting via his consulting practice, Eddie Pate Speaking and Consulting; he is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and guide who delivers in a way that speaks directly to everyone in the room.

Eddie is a board member for the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the Microsoft Alumni Network board of trustees.He’s married to Valeri with two kids, Karley and Arthur, and loves family above all.

He is a dog person and loves traveling, photography, animals, and the natural world. He loves both time in the weight room and time spent staring reflectively at any body of water. He is inspired by good humans, empathy, diversity, global cultural differences, and passion for peace, awareness, and love.

Jonathan Stutz, M.A.

Jonathan Stutz, MA (he/him/his), is the founder and president for Global Diversity Partners Inc. He has over 25 years’ experience working in leading-edge companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. Jonathan led ID&E for four international businesses within Amazon’s Worldwide Operations group; and at Microsoft, he initially led ID&E for the Worldwide Sales and Support group, and later for the Worldwide Operations group. Later, Jonathan led the Global Readiness team ensuring Microsoft products were politically, culturally, and geographically appropriate in markets across the world.
As a community leader, Jonathan serves on the board of trustees for Youth Eastside Services, a nonprofit for youth and families supporting behavioral health and substance issues in Bellevue, WA. He has served as a human services commissioner for the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington
Previously, he co-founded the Seattle area’s Eastside Diversity Task Force and, separately, the Eastside Latino Leadership Forum. While at Microsoft, he co-founded the Professional Technical Diversity Network in Puget Sound and the Bay Area.
Jonathan has served on the National Diversity Committee for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is a past president of SHRM’s local Lake Washington chapter.
Jonathan earned his master’s degree from City University of Seattle and his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Washington. He is passionate about running, hiking, and spending as much time as possible with friends, family, and his cherished English Creme Golden Retriever, Simon. Born in Toronto, Canada, Jonathan spent formative years in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mercer Island, Washington. Today, Jonathan and his wife, Stacie, split time between Kirkland and Palm Desert, California.