Dr. Shanda Gore is the President and Founder of Mays and Associates, Ltd., a global, strategic planning and consulting company working with individuals and organizations to create customized solutions for personal growth and enhancement of diverse and inclusive workplace environments. Dr. Gore also serves as the Managing Principal for the Northwest Ohio Toledo Minority Business Assistance Center.

With more than 24 years of experience, Dr. Gore is a teacher, trainer, and coach for individuals, small and large public and private organizations, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, healthcare facilities, and national member organizations. Dr. Gore specializes in creating effective programs and workshops in the areas of diversity and inclusion, interpersonal communication, conflict management, supplier diversity, business counseling, culture building, and workplace enhancement, as well as individual life coaching. She has trained thousands of individuals and has been sought after for her specific experiences. Her clients include a wide variety of organizations and businesses, including international engineering firms, medical colleges, hospitals, school systems, public serving county agencies, non-profit volunteer organizations, and professional athletic leadership organizations.

Dr. Gore is credited for creating the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Incubator Center, grossing sales at $17 million in 2019 among the companies housed and affiliated with it. She is also known for creating and teaching the first online, Northwest Ohio graduate Diversity Certificate program for the Judith Herb College of Education at the University of Toledo. At the University of Toledo, she led the Culture Building Institute while serving as the first Chief Diversity Officer. Her volunteer services are many to include President of the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaborative, State of Ohio Coordinator of the American Association of Access, Equity, and Diversity and is currently the State Co-Chair and Executive Board Member for the American Council of Education (ACE) Women’s Ohio Network. She has published and presented at competitive conferences including the Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Diversity Council Leadership Conference, and the Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Dr. Gore is recognized as an African American Legacy Emerging Leader of Excellence and is a Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union Community Appreciation Award winner.

Dr. Shanda Gore is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Communications degree and a Master of Communication. Her study emphasis was on minority communities in the Greater Toledo Ohio area. Dr. Gore earned a Doctor of Education from Bowling Green State University in Leadership Studies, her research area was involvement behaviors and minority medical student retention.