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Lenora Billings-Harris      

Multicultural Diversity Expert & Author

Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for Lenora Billings-Harris. Her ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable "how to's" have enabled her to help organizations intentionally create and sustain inclusive work cultures that challenge each individual to accelerate their efforts toward achieving maximum results. Whether through keynotes, workshops, or organizational consulting, Billings-Harris partners with clients to help them build effective relationships that leverage diversity in order to increase inclusion, innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and bottom-line results.

Billings-Harris is a recognized authority. She was been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion in 2011 by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as a top-twenty influential diversity leader in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Billings-Harris was selected to serve as part of the People to People International delegation to Russia and Ukraine two years after the Soviet Union fell, in order to help educators and business leaders prepare their organizations for global competition. Most recently, she keynoted at Inclusion Conferences in Cape Town, South Africa and in Tel Aviv, Israel to share experiences and best practices with leaders within the business, government and NGO communities.

Billings-Harris co-authored TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, 3rd Ed. She is often an expert guest on TV and radio around the globe. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has served on numerous community boards of directors, and served as board president of Win-Win Resolutions, Inc. All of her community service focuses on eradicating bias as well as empowering leaders through understanding the impact of inclusion.

Billings-Harris is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), a past president of the National Speakers Association, and will be the 2014 president of the Global Speakers Federation. She has presented to audiences in over twenty countries on six continents.

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THE DIVERSITY ADVANTAGE: THE OZ PERSPECTIVE

Lenora uses the characters of the Wizard of Oz as a metaphor to help you understand how you can use your brain, heart and courage to make a real difference in todays multi-cultural world. This fun, yet thought-provoking message will inspire you to connect the gifts you have with the gifts of others to increase your organizations options for multicultural success. By realizing the power to make a difference is within each individual, you will discover ways to go beyond stereotypes and bias to create and sustain an environment that supports high productivity while celebrating differences. Lenora uses life-size stand-ups of the characters and music from The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz to create an entertaining yet impactful keynote. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • use their knowledge (oz-brain) to determine ways to learn about and interact effectively with people different then themselves;
  • use their heart to connect to others with compassion instead of stereotypical judgments;
  • use their courage to say and do what is necessary to sustain high performance.

TRAILBLAZERS: HOW TOP BUSINESSES ARE ACCELERATING RESULTS THROUGH INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

Are you ready to go beyond diversity awareness? Is your organization ready to effectively create and sustain an environment that engages all team members so they can achieve their highest potential without regard to their differences? Are your leaders ready to learn and then implement Transformational Diversity Management Principles (TD&IP) that will support your organizations vision, mission, and business strategy? If so, this program is for you.

Based on Lenoras latest book, this presentation offers participants an opportunity to learn the best practices of trailblazing companies such as IBM, the Coca Cola Company, Verizon, Sodexo, American Airlines, Citi, Ford and many more, as well as see the surprising results of Lenoras D & I research conducted through The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University Of North Carolina-Greensboro.

As a result of applying the principles and practices presented, you will be able to:

  • Focus on ways to engage middle management in D&I initiatives
  • Effectively and fully utilize Employee Resource Groups
  • Identify the critical skills needed for HR professionals to move D & I forward
  • Examine the TD&IP that accelerate diversitys impact on business results

BEYOND THE VISION

Lenora uses personal stories, metaphors, audience interaction and quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mendela and others to help you discover how you can use your abilities and courage to make a real and sustainable difference in todays multicultural world. This uplifting, yet thought-provoking message will inspire you to embrace the unique gifts you have and to value the gifts of others to increase your options for positive change as an agent of One Dream.

By realizing the power to make a difference is within each individual, you will discover ways to go beyond stereotypes and bias to create an environment that supports high success while celebrating differences.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • use their knowledge and skills to determine ways to learn about and interact effectively with people different then themselves;
  • engage their heart and soul sense to connect to others with compassion instead of stereotypical judgments;
  • use their courage to lead sustainable changes in positive ways.

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