Activator. Change Agent. Empathic and Strategic Educator. Thought Partner.
I connect the dots for people in a way that allows them to engage with challenging information, ideas, and content to make it understandable and actionable.
I advise my clients on how to be inclusive and effective when embarking on organizational change to best meet stakeholders where they are and work with them through readiness or resistance.
No matter what the platform or engagement type, I’m very thoughtful about the audience experience, whether that be in my role as a keynote speaker, as a moderator (which is one of my favorite skills to exercise), or a facilitator. I put an incredible amount of thought into the information being delivered, how it is delivered, as well as what the takeaways are for the attendees.
The transformative work of professional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion education is challenging, yet extremely rewarding when done correctly. I am proud to successfully drive these processes with my clients and event attendees who often reach out to me after engaging to say that they have remembered something that I taught them or changed their actions after an experience that they had with me. This is why I do the work I do. To authentically engage for lasting and impactful change.
Paula T. Edgar, Esq. is an attorney and CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, a strategy firm that provides diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and professional development solutions for organizational inclusion initiatives.
Paula is a highly sought after speaker and facilitator across industries. She conducts live and virtual facilitated workshops, delivers keynote speeches, and provides executive coaching. Paula develops customized training on topics including unconscious/implicit bias, anti-racism, inclusive leadership, workplace sexual harassment, and EEO compliance. Paula’s professional development expertise includes mentor/sponsor best practices, personal branding, networking, social media, business development, and career planning strategies.
Paula has written for and been featured in a wide array of publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg Law, Essence Magazine, Business Insider, and US News and World Report.
Paula is active in numerous organizations and social justice initiatives, including her role as Treasurer and past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest Black bar association and President of its charitable arm, Friends of the MBBA, Inc. She is a founding Board Member of The Black BigLaw Pipeline, Inc. Additionally Paula is a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and a member of the CUP Alumni Board, a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association, and has been nominated to serve on the New York City Bar Association’s Board beginning in 2021.
Paula’s professional experiences include serving as a founding partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, Associate Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law, and Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS). Additionally, Paula practiced employment and workplace discrimination law for the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.
She has been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awardee, a Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration”, and a “Rising Star” by A Better Chance. She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association at CUNY Law School and the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).