Tesha L. Nesbit '93

Tesha L. Nesbit

Principal at Phoenix Rising Coaching. Previously, Tesha was the director of diversity, equity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility at North American Partners in Anesthesia. Before NAPA, Tesha worked at Erie Insurance for nineteen years. She is a Behrend Communication graduate and also has a master’s degree in human resource management from La Roche College. She is currently pursuing her executive certification in diversity coaching from Howard University.

Tesha is a sought-after thought leader on issues of diversity and inclusion in her discipline and in her community. She has managed Fortune 500 company and university relationships with CEO Action, the corporate collaborative of more than 600 organizations and academic institutions, working to drive organizational change and advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

About her job: In this newly created role, I am responsible for defining, developing, and measuring corporate social responsibility and our diversity and inclusion footprint. This includes engaging others to create and support initiatives covering a range of areas including establishing metrics and accountability, engagement, communications, and appropriate education, consulting, and networking groups.

Hometown and current home: Pittsburgh

Why she joined the WEC board: The opportunity to engage with and influence young women is too hard to pass up! I want to hear their stories/aspirations and invite them to create capacity in their lives to live with passion.

What she enjoys about her work: Being a change agent and empowering others to use their voices and unique perspectives.

What she’s learned the hard way: I am my most important project.

Most important traits for a professional woman to possess: Owning your personal power.

Recommended reading: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Mixtapes 2.0: I relax by making music playlists.

Best advice she ever received: There are no good or bad decisions, only consequences.

Fav sweet treat: Cookies and cream ice cream.

If she had an entire day to herself, she would: Write a chapter or two of a book—my first—that I’m working on.


Tesha is happy to connect with you and is open to mentoring. How to reach her: