Christopher “CJ” Gross is a TEDx speaker and the founder of Ascension Worldwide, a firm dedicated to diversity, eEquity, and inclusivity training, and consulting based in the Washington, D.C., area. CJ has 20 years of experience as an international organizational development consultant specializing in leadership development and diversity and inclusion.
CJ is a certified social and emotional intelligence coach, trainer, Keirsey temperament professional, intercultural development inventory (IDI) administrator, and executive coach, with additional expertise in organizational mediation.
CJ has consulted with leaders of domestic, and international companies including the United States Postal Service; Toyota; Turner Construction Company; Microsoft; Ford’s Theater; Oracle; Arent Fox D.C.; the Washington Post; D.C. Child and Family Services; Morgan Stanley; Loyola University; Howard University: School of Social Work; Maryland Association of Community Service; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission; the District of Columbia-Metropolitan Police Department; Penn State and others.
"What's Your Zip Code Story? Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace," Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD 2022
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin