Marsha R. Bonner
Diversity & Inclusion Empowerment Speaker – Human Rights Activist – Event Producer & Moderator
President, MRBInspires – Founder, H.U.G.S. Movement (Helping Us Grow Spiritually)
Live and Embrace a “HUGS Mindset”
Encourage, Inspire and Uplift Others Through Your Words, Actions and Deeds ~ Marsha R. Bonner
Marsha R. Bonner is a recognized diversity & inclusion empowerment speaker, human rights activist, community engagement advocate, senior human resources executive, producer, host and a luminary for change and acceptance.
Marsha, who is active in grassroots multicultural, women, LGBTQ, domestic violence, social justice and humanitarian initiatives, garnered international acclaim after her appearance on the ABC network television program “What Would You Do?” in an episode titled, “Interracial Couple Faces Criticism.” Marsha’s diplomatic boldness against bullying and intolerance in a Harlem barbershop created a “teachable moment” that became a viral sensation. The video of her appearance has received over 100 million views around the globe. It 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 John Quiñones.
Marsha speaks to audiences about her inspiring journey “From the Brooklyn Streets to the Corporate Suites”. Although put on a path designed to allow her to succeed, she chose a different course and endured a tormented, dark journey addicted to drugs and alcohol. Faced with dying homeless on the streets, Marsha was rescued from her horrifying existence of humiliation and degradation when she entered an alcohol and drug treatment facility.
Marsha is an African-American business executive who specializes in human resources, diversity, inclusion and equality for over 25 years. Marsha is a Senior Human Resources and Diversity Consultant with MRW Consulting Group, International, LLC. Other key positions include Vice President of Human Resources for VillageCare, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Senior Human Resources Business Partners for the New York Times Company, Director of Human Resources at theglobe.com and Corporate Recruiter/Human Resources Generalist at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Marsha received a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Baruch College. She holds a professional certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Marsha is President of MRB Inspires and Founder of the H.U.G.S. Movement (Helping Us Grow Spiritually) to advocate appreciation of all humanity. The Movement encourages individuals from around the world to respect and appreciate others through their words, actions and deeds by living and embracing a “HUGS Mindset”. Marsha is committed to sharing her uplifting message and she motivates others to lead purpose driven lives and stand against discriminatory ideas and stereotypes that prevent people from living in fellowship.
Marsha is married to her beautiful wife, Sanora Bonner and together they have four children. The family currently lives in New Jersey.
Awards, Recognitions & Certificates
The G-Listed Black LGBTQ Power 100 in 2018; I Am Woman – Women of Excellence Award; National Action Network (NAN) NYC Chapter Women’s Auxiliary “Women of Excellence Award”; Beyond Bold and Brave “Certificate of Appreciation”; New York Times LGBT Affinity Group “Lesbians We Love” Poster Acknowledgement
C-Span – NAACP’s LGBTQ Town Hall; NAACP 109th National Convention – “The State of LGBTQ People of Color in America”; ZenDesk and The Overture Center of the Arts ‘ “Paths to Inclusion Symposium”; The Broadway League’s 2019 Spring Road Conference – “Unconscious Bias Presentation”; Katie Couric’s Talk Show – “Katie”; MSNBC NewsNation – “Born in the USA” with Tamron Hall; ABC-TV’s Primetime: “What Would You Do” with John Quiñones; TV One Celebrity Crime Files Series – “Lady Gangster Stephanie St. Clair”; ABC News “Here and Now” with Sandra Bookman; SiriusXM Radio “Sway in the Morning – First Aid with Kelly Kinkaid” with Sway Calloway and Kelly Kinkaid; Columbia University Teachers College Intervention Discussion – “Human and Social Dimension Peace Course”