Professional Services Advisors
MARKETINg & BUSINESS
PR & Media Relations
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential African Americans Leaders in Business” by The National Diversity Council and among Lawdragon’s “100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists,” Michael Coston advises companies, boards of directors, and executives on strategy, business development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters. He also coaches high-performing professionals to advance their leadership, communication, and client development skills.
Michael's DEI work focuses on strategy, organizational assessments, and deepening committee/leadership engagement. He acts as an external DEI Officer for small to mid-size companies, and regularly advises business leaders on how to navigate through sensitive DEI-related issues and opportunities.
Prior to launching Coston Consulting, Michael served as the Chief Marketing Officer of McKool Smith for nearly a decade. He previously developed business generation and marketing initiatives at two Am Law 100 international law firms. He also served as the Director of Marketing at a New York-based law firm and head of public relations for the Tweezerman brand, where he helped cement the company’s name in popular fashion and beauty magazines, from InStyle and Allure, to Vogue and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.
Michael holds a master’s degree in interpersonal and intercultural communication and bachelor’s degrees in both African American Studies and English from the University at Albany, along with a certification in Fostering Inclusion & Diversity from the Yale School of Management. Michael serves on the Board of Directors for Infinite Global, an international public relations, branding, and content services firm. He was awarded a 2020 Gold Hermes Creative Award for his article “Walking the Walk—How Law Firms Can Fight Racial Injustice,” published in Bloomberg Law.
Recognized as one of the "Top 40 under 40" LGBTQ+ Leaders by Business Equality Pride Magazine, Angelica advises clients on marketing, business development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters in the legal, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.
Angelica’s experience spans the professional services and product marketing sectors and includes advising global professional services firms and entrepreneurial start-up businesses.
Angelica works closely with clients, particularly C-suite professionals, on the strategic vision for their company or brand. She advises on business strategy, client development, marketing, PR, and diversity-related matters. She cultivates relationships and coaches key stakeholders on profile-raising and client development efforts to improve revenue generation. Angelica also holds a dual role at the company by serving as its Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Coston Consulting, Angelica served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Labaton Sucharow LLP, an award-winning plaintiffs’ litigation firm that prosecutes fraud on Wall Street and took on some of the greatest offenders of the financial crisis. Angelica previously led marketing and client development efforts for litigation and corporate teams at three Am Law 100 firms.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, diversity and inclusion have always been at the forefront of Angelica’s approach to advance an organization's goals, execute projects, and drive profitability. She counsels clients on how to authentically incorporate DEI strategies into their organizations’ culture. Her advisory services include conducting DEI assessments, developing programmatic objectives that align with the organization’s goals, and building leadership consensus to foster an inclusive and equitable professional environment, among other areas.
Angelica devotes time to social justice and animal rights issues, and serves on the board of nonprofit organization Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Her pro bono work for the Sanctuary earned a Platinum Hermes Creative Award in Media Strategy. She is a professional member of The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce of New York, The National LGBT Bar Association, and the Legal Marketing Association.
Angelica received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Baruch College. She also holds a certification in Fostering Inclusion & Diversity from the Yale School of Management.
Dr. Laura Quiros
Dr. Laura Quiros, Ph.D., LMSW advises, coaches, and trains boards of directors, executives, and other professionals across the corporate, professional services, higher education, and non-profit sectors to advance their DEI efforts. She regularly works with clients to expand their racial literacy and help them communicate more openly about race and racism. She also helps clients identify, understand, and overcome issues that create a culture of organizational whiteness.
For the past 11 years, Dr. Quiros has served as an Associate Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University, where she teaches social work practice at the doctoral and master's levels. Her research and scholarly interests focus on the social construction of racial and ethnic identity and trauma informed care through a social justice lens.
As a woman of color from a multicultural background, Dr. Quiros leverages her experiences, relationship building, and clinical skills to foster connections, inclusion, and empathic accountability. Having to negotiate her own identity required her to create safe spaces to survive and thrive and helped her develop tools that allow her to relate to various experiences that impact diverse groups.
Dr. Quiros earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, where her dissertation focused on “The Social Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identity among Women of Color from Mixed Ancestry: Psychological Freedoms and Sociological.” She also earned a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Skidmore College. Dr. Quiros' latest book focuses on incorporating diversity and inclusion into trauma-informed social work.
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Coston Consulting is a certified Black-owned business advisory firm devoted to helping clients expand their business, raise their profile, and advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. The firm represents clients across industries and specializes in advising professional services firms, with an expertise in the legal industry. Focus areas include strategy, business development, marketing, and DEI consulting.