February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate Black voices and stories — and for us to highlight the work of Black instructors.

In partnership with Udemy’s Black Employee Network, we hosted Celebrating Black History Month: A Conversation with Udemy Instructors, a virtual chat about empowering others through learning.

Our panel of instructors had a lively conversation about important topics, like:

Watch the panel and check out the bios of our panelists below.


Ulysses Smith 

Ulysses Smith is a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist who focuses on building organization-wide DEI functions, creating inclusive environments, and driving social impact through product. As founder and CEO of Archetype D&I Consulting LLC and D&I Officer at Blend, he has worked with companies such as Airbnb, Gusto, Genentech, and Electronic Arts.

Check out Ulysses’ Udemy course: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Beginner’s Guide

Reneice Charles

Reneice Charles is a writer, life coach, and small business owner in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and is an activist and fierce advocate for social justice. She is also committed to helping others make their dreams come true through her work and art. When she is not writing and coaching she can be found baking, singing, napping, and practicing yoga. 

Check out Reneice’s Udemy course: Work From Home: Where to Start and How to Succeed

Marie Deveaux 

Marie Deveaux is the Founder and Principal of High Tides Consulting, a learning and coaching agency that focuses on magnifying the voices of women and people of color in business spaces.  She is a coach and workshop facilitator with clients all over the world, including some of the most disruptive organizations in technology including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Spotify, as well as some of the most prestigious financial giants, such as  UBS, Prudential, and S&P.

Check out Marie’s Udemy course: The Essential Guide for Effective Managers


Heather Hiles, Udemy Board of Directors

Heather Hiles is an expert in technology, learning, and talent development, with a 30-year track record of creating and scaling nonprofit and for-profit organizations that have improved millions of lives.

Before joining the Udemy board, she was the founding CEO of Calbright College, the founder and CEO of SFWorks, and the founder and CEO of Pathbrite. Heather is also on the board of Black Girls Code and the Next Gen Directors’ Academy.

About BEN

The Black Employee Network (BEN) is a Udemy employee group whose goal is to empower and uplift Black voices within Udemy’s employee ecosystem. Members of the Black Employee Network sponsor events throughout the year, including hosting activities for Black History Month, partnering with Udemy’s Recruiting team to help increase the diversity across the company, and volunteering with company partnerships such as AfroTech.