Bird Guess

President and CEO

Homeless after high school, Bird Guess built a quarter million dollar business from the trunk of his car. For over a decade, Bird has designed and delivered innovative training strategies on diversity, equity, inclusion and leadership, becoming a world-renowned management consultant. Bird currently serves as Founder and CEO of The Racial Equity Group, a boutique consulting firm that provides advisory services to public and private sector organizations, as well as Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, including Texas Instruments, QuikTrip, United States Army, and others.

His areas of expertise include conducting Racial Equity audit assessments, advising executives on diversity and inclusion strategies, designing and delivering Racial Equity training curriculum, integrating equity into organizational policies and practices, and ultimately making Racial Equity standard operating procedure.

He is also the best-selling author of Lead Like Water: Many Can Manage, Few Can Lead and is expected to release his fifth book in 2021 titled, All Eyes on Equity.

Justin Knox

Vice President of Client Engagement and Training

Justin accepted a position with the Racial Equity Group in 2019 as Vice President of Client Engagement and Training. Justin serves as project manager responsible for clarifying client goals, designing diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum, evaluating organizational development needs and managing client training experiences. Justin graduated from Northwestern Missouri State University with a degree in Business Management.

Ken Reeves

Vice President of Strategy

Ken Reeves joined the Racial Equity Group in 2020 as Vice President of Strategy. Ken received a Masters in Human Resources Development at Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Human Resources Development. He has served as a senior executive capacity developing and delivering programs around diversity, equity, inclusion, succession planning, mentoring, and strategic workforce planning. Ken has a proven track record of accomplishments across a diverse range of companies within various industries. He has expertise with multi-unit, multi-state, multi-cultural, and multi-national workforce teams.

Lainey Hayward

Senior Racial Equity Consultant

Lainey joined The Racial Equity Group in 2013 as a Senior Consultant. A high-energy consultant and subject matter expert, Lainey has over 10 years of experience as a global organizational development manager for Intel Inc, a Fortune 500 corporation, where she designed and facilitated management courses worldwide, as part of a small elite team of dynamic consultants.

In her work with The Racial Equity Group, Lainey has designed and delivered training programs for the Management Development Institute of Tarrant County since 2013 on “Inclusive Leadership,” and “Stereotypes, Prejudice and Bias.” She has also customized course curriculum for the U.S. Army’s global leader development programs (Aspiring, Intermediate, Mentoring) on diversity and inclusion. She holds a biomedical science degree from as a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Vernita Stevens

Senior Racial Equity Consultant

Vernita Stevens joined The Racial Equity Group in 2021 and is a retired United States Marine, DoD Certified Mediator, and Certified in the Narrative Big 5 Assessment. She has been assisting organizations make situations more palatable at all levels and ensuring they understood one another by using a shared language for over 17 years. Her training experience both nationally and internationally, solid leadership skills, congressional and command experience has given her the distinctive ability to take extremely complicated procedures and situations and turned them into teachable moments. Vernita’s presentation style is energetic, interactive, and always delivered with a smile. She holds the Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Secretary of Defense for Legislative culture and climate that is sustainably inclusive to all members of the community. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University.