Meet our Founder


Candace Warner, PH.D.

Candace Warner, PH.D.

Dr. Candace Warner is a sociologist who is passionate about culture, diversity, demographic data, and inclusion strategies. Candace has served as an educator on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration, economic policy, culture, crime and criminal justice, and health care for 20 years. She has worked in the DEI space for 10 years as a trainer, facilitator, organizational consultant, and curriculum developer for public and private organizations seeking diversity and inclusion solutions.

Dr. Candace Warner founded people3, Inc. with the mission of providing organizations with diversity and inclusion-centered training, consulting, and research solutions.

Candace has been selected as one of Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence for 2021 and is a member of the Nashville Emerging Leaders cohort for 2021.

Candace completed her Master’s degree in Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy. Dr. Warner’s dissertation research centered on understanding diversity and inclusive-centered services and initiatives throughout Tennessee communities and municipalities.

Empathy drives my life’s work. Every day I try to expand my own empathy–this is something sociologists do all the time–to understand someone else’s world from their perspective. Additionally, it’s always my goal to foster and grow empathy in others to help them understand the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion, and the impact of social inequality.


Women of Influence Winner
Top Executive Category
Nashville Business Journal

Nashville Emerging Leaders
Class of 2021

Fellowship Award Recipient
Council of American Overseas Research Centers & American Institute of Indian Studies

Plenary Conference Speaker
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies
Annual Conference

Outstanding Alumni
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Valdosta State University

Faculty Excellence Award
National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD)

Distinguished Faculty Award
Columbia State Community College


Cultural Intelligence Center

  • Certified in CQ 360 Assessment and Cultural Intelligence Model Delivery
  • Certified as Cultural Intelligence Trainer

Speaking Engagements

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Women & Minorities
International Women’s Day Nashville

Hacking Implicit Bias
Hacking HR Nashville Chapter

Diversity and Inclusion in the Nashville Construction Industry
Nashville Association for Women in Construction

A Seat at the Table: Women in the Workforce
JumpCon Sales Conference
Women in Leadership: Bridging the Divide
Advancing Women in Nashville

Professional Certifications

Membership Organizations