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

Deonna Barnett

CEO & Principal Consultant

Deonna Barnett is a business strategist with expertise in strategic planning, financial management, operations management and marketing strategy development. For ten years, Deonna has supported the development of small businesses in Central Ohio through previous appointments and community 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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