Dr. Latise Hairston is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of HOPE Consulting and an adjunct faculty at Fielding Graduate University and Medaille College. Latise is a dynamic, accomplished certified Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategist respected for delivering a consistent creative vision based on data-driven decision making. She has a proven track record of effectively designing and managing large-scale culture transformation projects overseeing the entire implementation cycle, including within a multi-billion-dollar hospitality organization.
For over twenty years, Latise has advocated for those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. She began her career in child welfare advocating for youth and families. Latise continued working as a social worker and counselor, serving as an activist for social justice, interrogating systems of oppression. To have a more global impact, she began teaching, training and coaching within organizations.
Latise has counseled and coached hundreds of individuals, leaders, and organizations in the government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. She has supplied leadership and content expertise, working with multiple stakeholders to design and redesign several outcome-based training curricula. Through an ongoing contract with Buffalo State College and the Office of Children and Family Services, Latise was instrumental in the strategy, field test, pilot deliveries, and statewide social welfare practice change implementation.
Latise holds an M.S. in Counseling and Human Services, M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy. She is also a graduate of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Academy. Latise is a lifelong learner. She holds numerous certifications, including Certified Professional Coach, Trauma Counselor, Certified NLP Coach, and Change Management Professional. Latise has presented at several conferences and is a published researcher.
Latise has a heart for people and the community. She volunteers with the Restorative Justice Coalition. She serves on the Board of an African and African American heritage charter school and is the Human Capital Community of Practice leader for the International Coaching Federation.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (15)
Strategic Planning and Design
Outstanding Doctoral Student in Leadership and Policy (professional)
Dean’s List 2012-2014
Niagara University: Ph.D., Leadership and Policy 2015
Buffalo State College: M.S., Creativity and Change Leadership 2018
Canisius College: M.S., Counseling/Human Services
St. John Fisher College: B.A., Psychology
- Restorative Justice Coalition
- International Coaching Federation
- Kappa Delta Pi, Kappa Gamma Pi
- Board Trustee - Charter School of Inquiry
- Co-Led for the Human Capital Community of Practice : International Coach Federation (ICF)
Examining the effectiveness and policy implications of university campus suicide prevention programs: A multi-dimensional perspectiveNiagara University
2015 Gatekeeper training programs have been implemented on university campuses in response to the need for suicide prevention efforts due to the significant increases in the number and severity of students in psychological distress. This study examined both face to-face and web-based gatekeeper training programs. Quantitatively, using inferential statistical analyses and generalizability (G-) theory, the overall purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based and a face-to-face QPR gatekeeper training program, which were implemented on a university campus and within the surrounding community and aimed at increasing gatekeepers’ knowledge of suicide and confidence to intervene with those at risk of suicide.
What does it mean to live a Creative Life?Buffalo State College
2018 The purpose of this project was to become an explorer in the world of creativity for the purpose of learning and self-improvement. On a weekly basis, as a creativity explorer, I researched a theory related to the expressive arts and personal development or engaged in an experience (i.e. travel) to discover “what it means to live a creative life.” The discoveries are discussed, including key learnings, products of the project, and workshop activities to assist others in exploring their creative lives. A sampling of the journey through photographs, expressive journaling and poetry are represented.