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Aiko Bethea      

Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting; Anti-Racism and Diversity and Inclusion Educator and Consultant

Aiko Bethea is a leader, builder, and connector who has successfully navigated leadership in government, philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sectors. In each sector, she created inaugural roles to meet growing organizational needs. After leading a legal team at The City of Atlanta under the leadership of Stacey Abrams, Bethea served as Director of Compliance for The City of Atlanta and Deputy Director of a compliance department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, she was Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

As the founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting Bethea guides leaders and organizations to remove barriers to inclusion. She serves as an executive coach to leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and global nonprofit organizations. She has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top seven anti-racism educators for companies, and by CultureAmp as a DEI influencer to follow. Bethea is a Senior Director of the Daring Way and Dare to Lead facilitator communities of Brené Brown Education and Research Group. She oversees development and implementation of the overall strategy for the communities, as well as the specific DEI and belonging strategy for the global 1500+ member facilitator community. Bethea's writing has been published In Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and the upcoming anthology You Are Your Best Thing. She holds a law degree from UNCChapel Hill and a bachelor's from Smith College.

On most days Bethea enjoys spending time with her two sons.

Speech Topics

Transactional vs Transformational DEO

So, You Say You Wanna Be An Ally

Surviving and Thriving as "The Only"


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