Our Team2018-08-27T22:55:49+00:00

We’re change agents with a focus on transformation.

Our Motto

When we transform people and organizations, we are transforming the world.

The Essentia team offers the legal and business experience and expertise to ensure your diversity, equity, and inclusion needs are delivered rather than simply discussed. As a team, our extensive experience includes administration of the State of Ohio DBE Program, administrative law expertise, operations management in the private sector, and high profile project compliance.  

We are diverse thinkers with extensive business and legal experience delivering robust solutions to our clients. We are passionate about our work in advancing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, likewise we endeavor to embody these values in our personal lives.

Meet the Team

Sarah Lee, Esq.


Working with both public and private entities Sarah S. Lee, Principal of Essentia Strategy Group, is a recognized diversity compliance leader in public transportation and infrastructure projects. A licensed attorney in the State of Ohio and former DBE program manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Ms. Lee brings a unique level of knowledge and experience to each of her projects.


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Y’Nesha Schaffer, MBA, MS


Y’Nesha believes that organizations are strengthened when diversity is embraced and fostered. She offers a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion resulting from her combined 16 years of business, counseling, and consulting experiences.


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Leonna Bell

Certification Program Manager

Assistance. Dedication. Energy. As the Certification Program Manager Leonna is committed to providing guidance and knowledge to meet client goals. For the past 3 years she has served as a mentor and brings positivity and creative solutions to difficult processes and target exceeding.


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Malcolm Kates


Malcolm Kates offers clients a unique combination of superior analytical and interpersonal skills to successfully navigate the complexities of effective diversity compliance campaigns. An expert in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification and program compliance guidelines, and national diversity best practices, Mr. Kates delivers outstanding diversity results for a wide range of high-profile clients.


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