As a sociologist passionate about culture, diversity, demographic data, and inclusion strategies, Candace Warner has served as a trainer, facilitator, organizational consultant, and curriculum developer for public and private organizations seeking diversity and inclusion initiatives since 2011. She is the Founder and CEO of people3, Inc. The mission of people3 is to provide organizations with diversity and inclusion-centered training, consulting, and research solutions for individuals and organizations.
Dr. Candace Warner has been a sociology professor and department coordinator for sociology & social work at Columbia State since 2003. She has taught in South Africa and India, and currently serves as the Director for the India study abroad program through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies. She was recently selected for a faculty fellowship award to study environmental and economic sustainability in India through the Center of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Candace completed her master’s degree in Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy. Dr. Warner’s dissertation research centered on understanding current diversity and inclusive-centered services and initiatives throughout Tennessee communities and municipalities. Her major research interests focus on economic inequality, poverty, race, ethnicity, and gender.
In 2010, Candace was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia State and in 2011 was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award through the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) organization. In 2016, she was honored as Outstanding Alumni for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice through the College of Arts and Sciences at Valdosta State University. In 2018, Warner was asked to serve as the plenary speaker at the Annual Conference for the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies.
Candace is currently involved with multiple professional groups, including the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Pathway Women’s Business Center, Women in Technology in Tennessee (WiTT), Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MTSHRM), and the Nashville Technology Council’s recently formed Diversity Committee.
Dr. Warner has served as a board member for The Family Center, an economic assistance agency in Columbia, Tennessee, as well as Yonn Ede Lot, an international non-profit organization that assists with economic development and anti-poverty efforts in the rural village of La Montagne, Haiti.