Salt Lake City – The Utah Black House today announced that Sidni L. Shorter will be named the new President and CEO. James Jackson, III, the founder who has led the chamber since its inception, will remain engaged in an advisory capacity. Sidni’s employment will begin on April 4, 2022.
Sidni is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) entrepreneur, advocate and practitioner. She has over 12 years of experience leading, advising and training minority and women-led businesses and organizations, most recently as CEO of ExecuteNow!, a financial and accounting firm focused on the client whose mission is to ensure nonprofits and small and medium-sized organizations have affordable access to capital, prudent financial management and forward-thinking leadership.
“We are thrilled that Sidni is leading the Utah Black Chamber and the Utah Black community to new heights,” says James Jackson, III. His experience, knowledge and passion for change go far beyond what we have ever had and will have an immediate impact. The United States will take note of what Utah does for its diverse community.
“I am driven and committed to UBCC’s vision to capitalize on the opportunity to lead with my passion for Black entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals to fully participate, impact and grow. in Utah’s economic ecosystem,” said Sidni. Partner with the incredible leadership and community to elevate the “alliance” to bring solution-focused strategies, policies, and resources to address the need for community, capacity building, and affordable capital for members of the chamber, supporters, partners and allies. I am honored by the confidence of the UBCC Board of Directors to lead the chamber at this time. “
Sidni returned to her home in Baton Rouge, LA to join the program management team facilitating the National Emergency Grant Fund for the City of Baton Rouge’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. At the height of relief efforts, Sidni joined a tech start-up to make history and successfully bring digital media to the state of Louisiana, creating the first and only female-led video game studio. African-American woman to become a Microsoft developer and produce content. for the Xbox 360. Returning to her passions, Sidni served as executive director of Louisiana Health and Rehabilitation Centers, deputy director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, and led efforts to produce the first-ever business plan for the Louisiana. Department of Health and Hospitals. Additionally, Sidni served as station president of the largest American Red Cross in the world. Sidni used this experience to join community development projects with faith-based organizations in North Carolina and the tri-state area of Washington, DC. Sidni has become a highly sought-after consultant in the areas of contract administration, grant administration, project management and human resources.
The return to the South led to DCI’s focus and intentional efforts. Sidni has successfully championed, designed and launched results-based programs, plans, processes, workshops, trainings, dialogues and discussions for senior managers, people managers and staff that encourage learning , reflection, awareness and understanding as well as community. building.
Sidni holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Psychology, an M.A. and B.A. in Theology, and a B.A. in General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Science. She is currently a Dean’s List student pursuing an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She is a licensed Christian therapist.