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Arika Pierce Williams    

Leadership Expert & Author of "I Can. I Will. Watch Me: How to Not be Overlooked, Underpaid or Undervalued"

Arika Pierce Williams, CEO and Founder of Piercing Strategies, is a leadership speaker and author with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. After 15 years of corporate leadership experience, her 360 view of leadership has empowered her to help individuals hone their goals and reach their full potential.

Williams brings a fresh and innovative approach that focuses on shifting the mindset, beliefs and actions that leaders need to thrive and succeed in their careers. She helps her clients create actionable plans that mitigate risks and open new avenues of opportunity.

Williams is a sought-after speaker whose interactive speaking style effectively engages audiences. She is also the author of "I Can. I Will. Watch Me: How to Not Be Overlooked, Underpaid or Undervalued".

Williams often mixes content with humor, leaving audiences with actionable and tactical tools to own their careers. Through her keynotes, workshops, and books, she supports leaders across generations in their journey.

Speech Topics

I'm Not Ready is a Lie!

In this high-energy keynote, Arika will inspire the audience with tactical strategies to push beyond their comfort zones at work. The audience will:

  • Learn to recognize and embrace opportunities that showcase their leadership strength and potential.

  • Discover the five shifts in mindset and behavior that will spotlight their leadership brand.

  • Learn to embrace and create career-defining moments that will stretch them as leaders.

The audience will leave this program ready to lead with more courage and confidence to step into their leadership identity.

You Can’t Spell Leadership Without D.E.I.

To sustain momentum around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), organizations must have a surplus of leaders who view DEI as a business driver and understand that their success as a leader depends on it. When DEI is presented as something outside of a leader’s span of responsibility, it is viewed as an addition to their workload and is not approached with the same energy and excitement as other opportunities.

In this session, Arika will share:

  • How to evaluate yourself as a DEI impact leader.
  • Strategies to engage in DEI impact work today.
  • An actionable framework to set personal intentions for DEI impact.

Code Red: Why You Need to Grow Talent as if Your Business Depended on It

In the U.S., 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. Without a bench of ready-now leaders, there will be a gap when someone leaves or retires until there is a candidate to fill the leadership role, putting an organization in jeopardy. Organizations whose senior executives fail to prioritize leadership development will end up experiencing a steady attrition in talent and risk achieving strategic growth goals.

In this session, Arika shares the three leadership pipeline disasters that every leader should have on their radar along with strategies to build a culture where leaders are routinely and systematically developed. She also shares how several forward-thinking companies are implementing smart, integrated, talent development initiatives and why these types of strategies have the most significant long-term impact on business performance over anything else.

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