We are people3Our Core Team
Leveraging diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion is what drives us. Our team is united in our goal to educate communities and organizations to empower diverse teams and create inclusive cultures.
We Are people3
Candace Warner, Ph.D.
Founder / CEO / Lead Consultant
Dr. Warner holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy from HBCU, Tennessee State University. Her dissertation focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives within Tennessee’s municipalities. For 18 years, Dr. Warner served as a sociology professor and Sociology Department Coordinator at Columbia State in Tennessee. Dr. Warner has traveled to over 14 countries and is a certified Cultural Intelligence Trainer.
Dr. Candace Warner is considered a leader in the Nashville community and active in multiple professional organizations. In 2021, the Nashville Business Journal honored Dr. Warner as a Women of Influence Winner in the Top Executive category. She was also a 2021 graduate of the Nashville Emerging Leaders cohort.
Nationally, Dr. Warner has also been recognized for her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Warner was featured by Inc. Magazine as a speaker at the Inc. 5000 conference in 2021. In 2022, the Anthem Awards honored Dr. Warner as a Silver Winner for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Leader of the Year.
Due to the impact that people3 has had on the Middle Tennessee community under Dr. Warner’s leadership, people3 was honored as a NEXT Awards Finalist through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2021.
Dr. Warner is the Founder and CEO for people3, Inc.
Social Media + Marketing Manager
Camillia received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Tennessee State University. She was a journalist for the university news publication, The Meter, where she captured the stories of students’ lives as they navigated post-secondary education at a Historically Black College and University. Camillia has been a member of the National Association for Black Journalists since 2017. She also served in the Student Government Association as part of the Student Union Board of Governors, a program-planning branch of SGA where she used her talents to plan and execute events for the student body to boost student morale.
Camillia has been instrumental in creating additional community partnerships for people3, including working with the Transformation Life Center.
Camillia is the Social Media and Marketing Manager for people3, Inc.
DEI Operations Coordinator
Victor graduated cum laude from Columbia State with an Associate’s of Science degree in Sociology. While in college, Victor participated in the first DEI initiative for first-year students by highlighting his experiences as a Mexican American student in the U.S. Victor loves to travel and seek knowledge about other cultures. He continued the development of his cultural competency education during a study abroad trip to India and assisting the program director with various logistics and program activities.
Victor is the DEI Operations Coordinator for people3, Inc.
DEI Research Analyst
Sarah Swaney graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Tennessee—Chattanooga. Her research interests have centered on gender and mental health. While at the University of Tennessee, Sarah served as a Teaching and Research Assistant. Sarah was awarded the Inspiring Women in Lifelong Leadership (I WILL) Award and a SEARCH Award Grant for her undergraduate research initiatives in psychology and social issues centered on gender.
She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work degree with a concentration in evidence-based interpersonal practices from the University of Tennessee. She is also currently interning with End Slavery, a Nashville non-profit centered on eliminating human trafficking.
Sarah is responsible for working on multiple research initiatives for people3 including assessments, focus groups, and consulting research.
Sarah is the DEI Research Analyst for people3, Inc.