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Diversity & Inclusion Speaking Topics:
Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace
How to Cultivate Resilience on Your Team
How to Create a Culture of Empathy at Work
Intentional Conversations as Intentional Practice
Shifting Power through diversity, equity and Inclusion
Understanding privilege as a leader and building an inclusive, anti-racist organization
Discover out top 13 DE&I speakers to book for 2022.
Named “one of America’s best leaders” by US News and World Report, Eboo is Founder and President of Interfaith America, the leading interfaith organization in the United States.
Singh will focus on a series of stories from her life that illustrates that we all have the power to build bridges. Deanna is living proof that even when we are scared, sad, or angry, we must continue to build bridges to one another. Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities.
Work isn’t working for all of us. In this powerful talk, Catarina Rivera tells us why employers and leaders have a lot of disabled employees they don’t know about, and shares how to make workplaces better for everyone by prioritizing disability inclusion.
Liesel Mertes is an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event.
Mr. Vigil serves as the Tribal Education Specialist for the National Indian Education Association. Mr. Vigil’s areas of concentration are in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education, Community-based Education, and Indigenous Methods, Methodology, and Pedagogy. He utilizes those areas to intersect with his social justice work, which includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Her whole-being, wisdom-led approach focuses on teaching people how to design lives, daily routines, short- and long-term goals, working patterns, and teams and organizations that are rooted in wholeness, wellness and interconnectedness, where success includes personal, organizational and collective sustainability.
Dr. Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, a change management and organizational development consulting firm that offers a broad array of services including executive coaching, strategic planning, problem solving, and facilitation in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace.
Dr. Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, a change management and organizational development consulting firm that offers a broad array of services including executive coaching, strategic planning, problem solving, and facilitation in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Dr. Cadet has 15+ years in management and building successful projects, teams, and leaders in the public and private sectors. She is a 2021 Forbes Next 1000 Honoree, lululemon Ambassador, and honored as one of Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influencers. Forbes and the Wall Street Journal Diversity and Business Newsletter have featured her work. She has spent an extensive part of her career designing training, coaching executives, and informing systematic change to improve the workforce experience for large organizations. She lives in Oakland, CA, literally has all the degrees, celebrates her disability, has an incredible shoe game, and is a proud Beyoncé advocate.
Hailing from the nation’s capital with huge hair, a million watt smile, and contagious laughter, Kimberlee Yolanda Williams has had a heart for the perceived underdog for as long as she can remember. From her earliest years, Kimberlee’s experiences unfolded in communities filled with diversity of every kind, where gatherings around topics of equity and inclusion were explored with courageous authenticity. She grew up thinking engaging across differences was something everyone wanted to do and knew how to do. So why didn’t they do it?
As an educator, DEI administrator, consultant, workshop leader, speaker, and certified life and health coach, her adult years brought her to a variety of US cities. With each new context she increasingly understood what held people back from crossing social divisions. Kimberlee found herself able to consciously place herself in the center of these divisions, in particular racial dynamics, and support people across the racial spectrum in stepping closer to one another.
Cheryl Wills is a veteran anchor for Spectrum News NYl-she joined the cable network during its launch in 1992. She is the primetime anchor for NY1 Live at Ten and she’s also the host of the public affairs talk show In Focus with Cheryl Wills. In 2018, Cheryl became the first African-American reporter in NY1’s history to win an Emmy Award.
The award-winning journalist is the author of three books about her great-great-great grandfather Sandy Wills who fought in The Civil War: “Die Free: A Heroic
Cheryl Wills was the first journalist invited to address the General Assembly of The United Nations about the impact of slavery on her family during the UN’s International Remembrance of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Cheryl Wills is a graduate of The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, with a major in Broadcast Journalism. She received an Honorary Doctorate from New York College of Health Professions in May of 2005.
RAVEN SOLOMON is a global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion thought leader and nationally recognized keynote speaker who helps organizations get future-ready by understanding generations, racial equity, and their intersection.
Raven’s mission is simple– to solve for racial inequity by breaking down generational and racial barriers in the workplace, replacing them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future.
Ingrid never really fit in a box or category. She was born and raised in Mexico and then went to Texas for boarding school. So at time, she was too Mexican for the norms of an American boarding school. And in returning to Mexico, she was almost too American for her Mexican colleagues. Either she was Mexican or she was an American.
And while she admits that she initially struggled with the “either/or” mentality, Ingrid began to think about what a “both/and” mindset – one where she claim an identity where she was both American and Mexican and beyond.
To fully embrace a “both/and” identity, Ingrid needed to unlearn the categories and boxes that limit so many of us. As a result, this mindset has changed how she views social justice, identity and spirituality.
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders Former Managing Director & Senior Advisor, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
In August 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland located at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. It is the only organization of its kind globally.
She is a commissioner for the New Mexico State Personnel Review Board, a board advisor for EDGE, and a member of the Washington DC region Metro Transit Police Investigative Review Panel.
Roy Gluckman is a qualified attorney of the High Court of South Africa and the director of Cohesion Collective, an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) consulting and training firm. Roy has been speaking professionally on issues relating to EDI since 2010 and is an exceptionally engaging, highly sophisticated, and passionate speaker and facilitator.
Roy believes in having tough conversations; approaching his material with honesty, authenticity, and simplicity. Roy has mastered the art of making the difficult subject matter of EDI easily digestible for audiences of all types and all occasions. As a keynote speaker, panelist, programme director and facilitator Roy continues to captivate and challenge audiences to pause and introspect, something he believes we do not do enough of.
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