Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In a short time, The Barthwell Group has assembled a very talented, highly-credentialed, experienced, diverse, and multigenerational team. Our team of consultants has broad in-depth experience in areas including:
- Private Equity
- Organizational Enhancement
- Management Consulting
- Higher Education
- Not-for-Profit Management
In addition to our professional experiences, our team’s educational background is extremely distinguished. Educational experiences at leading universities, including Ivy League institutions, have given our team members the foundation to excel in our client engagements. Our team also has extensive board-level experience at institutions throughout the country.
Akosua Barthwell Evans
Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Barthwell Group. Prior to launching The Barthwell Group, Dr. Evans was an accomplished banker, lawyer, and management consultant. In addition, throughout her career, Dr. Evans has provided leadership to a variety of not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States through her board service.
As a Managing Director at JPMorgan, Dr. Evans developed, launched, and managed two national businesses: Diversified Client Services (which successfully increased the number of diverse high net worth individuals and organizations in the Private Bank) and the Endowments and Foundations Practice (which built an asset management business for not-for-profits with endowments exceeding $400 million). In addition to her professional responsibilities while at JPMorgan, Dr. Evans developed a Financial Management Institute for the CEOs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”). Dr. Evans attained five securities licenses while at JP Morgan.
As a securities and corporate attorney, Dr. Evans advised Fortune 500 corporations on initial public offerings, debt financings, project financings and acquisitions in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Scandinavia.
As a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Dr. Evans assisted clients with business and strategic planning, feasibility studies, and obtaining financing. She became the first woman manager in the consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand’s Detroit office.
Dr. Evans has served on prestigious not-for-profit boards throughout the United States, including, but not limited to, the Yale Law School Fund Board, the Yale Law School Executive Committee, the Trustee Committee on Education, The Museum of Modern Art, the American Folk Art Museum, the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (North Carolina), Bennett College for Women (North Carolina), Babcock School of Management of Wake Forest University, Detroit Science Center, Hutzel Hospital (Detroit), and the Founders Junior Council (Detroit Institute of Arts). Dr. Evans is the Founder and served for many years as the chairperson of The Friends of Education at The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City. The Friends of Education has been frequently cited as a model for increasing diversity. In addition, Dr. Evans has organized three scholarship funds benefiting African-American students at higher education institutions throughout the United States.
Dr. Evans has won numerous awards, including: One of the 25 Most Influential African-American Women in Business (2002), Cross Border Award (2005), Distinguished Black Woman Award (2001), recognition by The Museum of Modern Art (2004), recognition by the Thurgood Marshall College (2004), and the “Entrepreneur Leadership Award” (2011).
Dr. Evans is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was a Co-Marshall of her class and won the Edward R. Robbins Memorial Prize for her writing. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University.
Walter K. Evans
Walter K. Evans is the Chief Operating Officer of The Barthwell Group. In this position, he oversees the operations of the firm including billing and accounting, finances, human resources, and technology. In addition, Mr. Evans allocates team members to client engagements and oversees a small number of client engagements. He previously served as Managing Consultant and Associate for the firm. Since joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Evans has been responsible for managing The Barthwell Group’s team during several engagements. These have included a highly successful diversity recruitment training for the U.S. Marines Corps, a supplier identification engagement for a Fortune 100 company, an assessment of diversity recruiting practices for a Fortune 100 company, and an assessment of best practices in the competitive market for a Fortune 100 company.
Ms. Evans has more than 10 years of consulting and financial services experience. Before joining The Barthwell Group, Mr. Evans was the lead analyst for HRJ Capital, a billion-dollar private equity fund-of-funds firm based in Woodside, California. While at HRJ, Mr. Evans was responsible for analyzing underlying portfolio companies in the firm’s investments, assisted the investment team in analyzing new potential investments, and served as the sole analyst on the company’s co-investment vehicle. Mr. Evans holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, in Political Science (with distinction) and Symbolic Systems (with honors). Mr. Evans was selected by DBusiness magazine as one of their 30 in Their Thirties in 2014.
Major General (Retired) Wallace Arnold is an Associate at The Barthwell Group. Recently, he played an important role in The Barthwell Group’s diversity recruitment training for a branch of the military. Major General Arnold has held several leadership positions in the United States Army, including being the Assistant Director of Personnel and Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (“ROTC”). As Assistant Director of Personnel, Major General Arnold coordinated the development and approval of a program that vastly expanded access to occupational specialties and career opportunities for women. As the Commander of the ROTC, Major General Arnold was responsible for a $200 million budget that included 6,400 staff, 45,000 college, and 125,000 high school cadets. In this role, he planned and completed the organizational restructuring of the nationwide command and guided a major expansion of the high school ROTC program. Major General Arnold also served as the Interim President of Cheyney University for three years and currently serves as a Senior Consultant at Hampton University for technical training development.
Major General Arnold is a graduate of Hampton University and holds a M.A. in Personnel and Administration from The George Washington University. He has also graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Executive Program for Senior Managers in Government at the John F. Kennedy Center at Harvard University.
Tatia Daniels Granger
Dr. Tatia Daniels Granger is an Associate with The Barthwell Group. Most recently, Dr. Granger was a presenter, moderator, and discussion group leader on The Barthwell Group’s team during a military training engagement. Through her association with The Barthwell Group, Dr. Granger has conducted numerous focus groups and workshops, particularly regarding strategic planning at several HBCUs. She is also a frequent guest lecturer on higher education issues, especially around enrollment and student leadership development.
Dr. Granger has enjoyed a rewarding career in higher education administration at prominent institutions including the College of William & Mary, Bennett College for Women, Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University.
Dr. Granger is the former Vice President for Enrollment Services at Bennett College for Women where she planned and launched a new division which focused on increasing student enrollment. In this capacity, Dr. Granger increased the overall enrollment of students by 25%, and increased the academic strength of incoming students by reducing high-risk student enrollment from 60% to 30% between 2003 and 2005. In addition to her direct affiliation with higher education institutions, she worked as an MBA Prep Coach for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (“MLT”) from 2006 through 2009 partnering with top MBA programs and assisting high-talent minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans and women) with skill-building and preparation for entry into the MBA pipeline and ultimately positions at the nation’s premier corporations.
Dr. Granger’s broad experience has allowed her to serve as a proposal review panelist for the National Science Foundation and an application reader for the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program between 2006 and 2008. She is currently the Ombudsman for the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Granger is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, a M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education, and a B.A. in French. During her undergraduate and graduate years, she served on student committees around recruitment and cultural concerns. She was also a fellow with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) State Doctoral Scholars Program.
Karen Delk is an Associate at The Barthwell Group, where she has worked on a variety of assignments for corporate, higher education, and non-profit clients. Ms. Delk comes to The Barthwell Group with more than 25 years in executive human resources (“HR”) experience at Prudential Financial, at GE Capital where she served as Senior Vice President of HR, and at Ford Motor Company. Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated expertise in developing and overseeing effective leadership development programs and organizational efficiency strategies. Ms. Delk graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management and Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor Degree in Politics. Ms. Delk is also certified by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (“PCC”).
Dr. Bartholomew Watson is an Associate with The Barthwell Group. At The Barthwell Group, Bart has most recently worked on projects related to higher education. He has been a lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Berkeley.
Dr. Watson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley where he wrote a dissertation on the comparative political economy of retail trade. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. (with departmental honors) in Political Science. He has published peer-reviewed articles on innovation and adaptability in a digital age and the comparative implementation of digital technology in the retail sector as well as book chapters on productivity growth and national economic adjustment.
Noelle Moseley is a Senior Analyst with The Barthwell Group. At The Barthwell Group, Ms. Moseley has worked on assessment engagements for multiple Fortune 500 corporations. She has also served as the lead Analyst on an analysis of market trends for a Fortune 500 corporation. Most recently, Ms. Moseley conducted investment diligence and analysis at the Kingfish Group, a private equity co-investment firm based in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was involved in negotiations and relationship management as an Online Media Buyer at NexTag, Inc. Ms. Moseley has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University.
Neha Shah is a Senior Analyst at The Barthwell Group. Since joining The Barthwell Group, Ms. Shah has been the primary analyst on a number of strategic planning, branding, teambuilding, and assessment engagements. Ms. Shah is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, focusing on Finance and Accounting with a minor in Financial / Actuarial Mathematics with honors. Previously, she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst for Jefferies & Company, Inc. in Houston, Texas. As an Investment Banking Analyst, Ms. Shah actively participated in a variety of deals ranging from $55 million to over $2 billion. She participated in a wide range of transaction types, including merger and acquisition guidance, equity, equity-linked, and debt financing underwriting, private placements, and other advisory services. Prior to working at Jefferies & Company, Ms. Shah was a Financial Intern for Exchange Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.