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Lenora Billings-Harris      

Multicultural Diversity Expert & Author

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) Hall of Fame speaker and an internationally recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and bias. She has been included as one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award-winning diversity leadership research is recognized in academic journals internationally. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Nido Qubein School of Communication, High Point University, as well as on the adjunct business faculty of two other universities.

Diversity, inclusion and disrupting bias is a full-time focus for Lenora. She partners with clients to help them leverage their diversity of thought to impacts employee talent engagement and retention, attracting customers, community, and corporate relations. Her powerful yet engaging style inspires virtual and in-person audience members to take personal and organizational actions that disrupt bias and accelerate bottom-line business results.

She has presented to audiences in over 41 countries and six continents, including such places as Dubai, Israel and South Africa and Malaysia.

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. Most recently, she was the cover story for Inclusion Magazine, 2019 winter edition.

In addition to management positions held with two Fortune 100 companies plus the Business School at The University of Michigan, Billings-Harris has held leadership positions with several non-profit organizations. She is a past president of Win-Win Resolutions with a mission to reduce bullying, violence and prejudice in schools and communities, and was a founding charter member of the Maricopa County Black Chamber of Commerce. She is a past president of the National Speakers Association, and past president of the Global Speakers Federation. In 2016 she was the Cavett Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon professional speakers in the USA. In 2018 she was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame and is the only Africa American woman to hold this honor.

Speech Topics


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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