Equity Meets Strategy

Angelica Crisi ’01 helps businesses prioritize parity
by Brooke Thames
Angelica Crisi ’01 doesn’t shy away from merging the personal with the professional. It’s a central aspect of her work at Coston Consulting, where the sociology major draws upon lessons she learned in the classroom and the corner office to help businesses enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

As a founding partner and chief operating officer of the firm, Crisi coaches Coston’s C-suite clients on everything from business strategy and marketing to the systematic integration of DEI into companies’ core missions.

“Everyone brings their identity and experience of the world into their work, and we all want to be in a place where we feel like we belong,” says Crisi, who is part of the LGBTQ community. “To accomplish that, organizations must connect sincerely to the principles of DEI. It’s such a privilege working with them on a daily basis to make real changes.”

Those transformative efforts recently earned Crisi recognition as one of Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40 LGBTQ Leaders” and Go Magazine’s “100 LGBTQ Women We Love” — a testament to the executive’s careerlong pursuit to advocate for underrepresented groups in the workplace.

Angelica Crisi headshot
Photo: Dave Cross
Business Equality Magazine named Angelica Crisi ’01 to its “Top 40 Under 40 LGBTQ Leaders” list.
Crisi’s first major initiative, launched in her former role as chief marketing officer for a law firm, combated gender disparities by pioneering professional and skill-development programs for female attorneys. In her five-year stint in legal marketing, Crisi also cultivated the most diverse marketing team in her firm’s history and supported the advancement of LGBTQ colleagues.

“Whether I’m working in strategic marketing or DEI, being part of a marginalized group allows me to be compassionate and driven to make others feel more included,” says Crisi, whose investment in equity traces back to Bucknell.

“The sociology courses I took with Professor Matthew Silberman that focused on justice and inequality planted the seeds for what I do today,” she says. “I’m honored to now be committed to that work.”