Dr. Bahby Banks, CEO of Pillar Consulting, helps organizations assess the impact of their initiatives. In her role, Dr. Banks partners with non-profit, academic, corporate, and philanthropic organizations to provide consultation on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of their efforts. Her work has led to a career that has spanned research in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia; she has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. With 15+ years of leadership and capacity building expertise, Dr. Banks’ clientele has included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Harvard University, Wake Forest University, NC A&T State University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and UNC at Chapel Hill.
Under Dr. Banks’ leadership, Pillar Consulting has spearheaded efforts funded by the National Science Foundation, DuPont Foundation, deBeaumont Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
Dr. Banks received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more about Dr. Banks at www.bahbybanks.com.
Dr. Bahby Banks
Dr. Erin M. Stephens is a Black feminist sociologist and educator who engages an intersectional analysis in her work and in her research. She has 17 years of experience advocating for social and institutional change to better meet the needs of marginalized populations, particularly women and youth of color. Alongside her commitment to social justice, her expertise in research, education, and facilitation has provided her the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of projects, such as designing programs to support the varied experiences of women students in higher education, writing and implementing curriculum to support youth development, researching gender pay inequity, and working on various health initiatives. She brings her experience in program development, gender justice, youth development, research and assessment to her role as the Program Director for The Beautiful Project, an arts-based collective in North Carolina that uses photography, writing, and care to advance the wellness and representational justice of Black women and girls. Erin’s expertise as a sociologist and advocate offers strategic insight to institutions committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Erin has a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University, an MPH in Health Education and Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her B.A. in Anthropology at Davidson College. Her most recent research used social media ethnography and network analysis to examine the emotional demands and consequences of Black online activism in the Movement for Black Lives. Her work can be found in the edited volumes Gender in the Twenty-First Century: The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality (2017; edited by Shannon N. Davis, S. Winslow and D.J. Maume) and Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope (2015; edited by Mariam R. Kurtz and Lester R. Kurtz).
Dr. Erin M. Stephens
Senior Research Consultant
Lead strategist and regional consultant for the Susan G. Komen African American Health Equity Study, a nationwide initative designed to reduce mortality among Black women. Indya received her Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Science and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University where she worked as a research assistant at the University’s Center on Health Disparities on their Preterm Birth Prevention grant engaging minority mothers in Richmond, Virginia on healthy and safe birthing practices. Her research focused on quantitative trends, which identified the re-occurrence of preterm births as well as social determinants of health. Indya is currently working towards a master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, focusing on research and practice which aim to combat health disparities that specifically affect minority women and children.