Omari Jahi Aarons has worked with Fortune 150 companies his entire career as a disruptive leader and transformation coach. Often, Omari has built infrastructures to support culture change efforts and originated roles in operations, customer service, learning and development, and human resources. Most recently, he worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance, where his responsibilities included celebrating employees’ career-level achievements and designing a workplace culture that enables them to do their best work for Liberty’s customers and meets their needs. In December 2019, Omari founded the Aarons Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in embracing disruption to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces that foster belonging for all employees and customers. Omari’s work connects consumer demand with rising employee expectations for workplaces to represent their populations and are embedded with the innovative mindsets needed to lead effectively. In 2013, Omari was one of the first two recipients of the Advancing the Profession - One to Watch Young Leaders Award from the Association for Talent Development and was twice awarded by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for his leadership and volunteerism. For his leadership, Insurance Business America honored Omari with their inaugural Leader of Change award in September 2020 and their Rising Star Award in October 2020. Omari was selected by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Leader. In January 2021, Omari was named a 40 LGBTQ Leader Under 40 for North America by Business Equality Magazine. Most recently, Omari was appointed Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the NAtional African American Insurance Association, a 501c6 professional membership association with nearly 2000 members and 23 chapters. Omari is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH with degrees in public relations and theology. Omari is a Master of Divinity Candidate at Boston University School of Theology studying Global and Community Engagement where he serves as the President of the Association of Black Seminarians. Boston University awarded Omari the Howard Thurman Fellowship to complete his graduate education and study the life and work of Mr. Thurman, whose pioneering leadership in interfaith ministry is renowned.
The words “diversity” and “inclusion” are often talked about, but many don’t know what that means for them. This workshop introduces DEI terminology - from microaggressions to antiracism - and invites attendees to explore their diversity dimensions and the lens they bring to their work.
FROM ALLY TO ACCOMPLICE
Diversity and inclusion are more than a passing movement. In this workshop, attendees will discover the spectrum of allyship from bystander to accomplice and take steps to become a champion.
THE GEORGE FLOYD MOMENT: THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES
The events of the spring of 2020 forced the world to reckon anew with longstanding issues surrounding race and social justice. Many are wondering: where are we now? Attendees will examine their personal and institutional commitments and take steps to advance them further.
AMPLIFYING DIVERSE VOICES
Data captures well the perspective of an organization’s majority demographics, yet much can be learned from underrepresented voices to create a more inclusive workplace. Attendees will learn three steps for leveraging unheard voices in everyday workplace interactions.
CREATING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION
The public's demand for change extends to internal workplace culture. Participants will use a new methodology - moments that matter - to assess their employee value proposition and implement elements to make their workplace more inclusive.
PREPARING YOUR ORGANIZATION FOR DEI READINESS
In this workshop, participants will be led through exercises to assess their current state and set an aspiration for future state combined with tools and strategies to achieve their goals.
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