How Effective Leadership and Corporate DEI Became My Passion
As a Black Muslim woman, my race, my culture, and my gender have all shaped my experiences in corporate America. As proud as I am of my background and cultural heritage, they haven’t always been respected by my colleagues and managers. At times, my voice has been silenced and my opportunities limited by those around me.
Through my many years of work and research with various Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions, I’ve learned about the lived experiences of thousands of leaders and employees. I've come to know that every marginalized member of society—every Black, Indigenous, person of color, woman, differently abled, and LGBTQ+ person has a unique story of being excluded. But too often their stories remain untold. Their talents are rarely optimized. And the inequities they experience are seldom addressed and dismantled.
It is the role of my soul, in this life, to help create a more kind, just, equitable, and inclusive world. I've worked for and owned multiple businesses, so I understand there is no mission without margin. I'm passionate about helping organizations realize the deep correlation between doing good by people and making good business. What I know for sure, we all need and deserve equision.
Corporate America is the backbone of our country’s economy. It’s the sum of its employees and a microcosm of an ecosystem that’s historically oppressed and marginalized factions of people. For centuries, these systems have maintained and often defended racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, social and criminal injustices, and health and wealth disparities. However, corporate America is uniquely positioned to create equity and inclusion.
Moreover, corporate America has the power and responsibility to make sure its existence positively impacts its employees, customers, and communities. I've worked with hundreds of corporate and HR leaders and deeply understand the unique business challenges and needs they face. The survey responses from 800+ HR professionals revealed that building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce was amongst their biggest challenges in 2019.
As a DEI practitioner and scholar with more than 15 years of business leadership and experience as an adjunct professor for a graduate Learning & Development program, I'm highly skilled at illuminating varied paths for organizations to optimally navigate their unique diversity and equision journey. Through customized approaches, I provide executives, leaders, and employee resource groups with tools and resources to build cultural competence and foster inclusion.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion work is life-altering and rewarding. I passionately partner with executives and organizations who are open to learning and committed to change. Through interactive engagements, I facilitate processes that move organizations to a shared vision that inspires positive and transformational change.
Tuck School of Business - Dartmouth
Intercultural Development Inventory
Neuro Leadership Institute
Hogan Assessment Systems
Governors State University
Governors State University