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Omekongo Dibinga  

Trilingual Poet, Musician, Motivational Speaker, Diversity Consultant, CNN Contributor & Positive Rapper

Omékongo Dibinga is motivational youth speaker and diversity educator. He has traveled the country and the globe (18 countries to date) motivating young people and those who work with young people to live their best life and have a healthy appreciation for diverse cultures. As an UPstander, his life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. To this end, Omékongo works with schools, nonprofits, and corporate groups that work with youth populations. Omékongo strives off of encouraging courageous conversations and delivering powerful, inspirational messages on issues such as bullying, diversity, and motivation. He delivers his powerful message which is part speech, part poetry, and part hip-hop in a way that engages students like no other speaker.

Omékongo's CNN-award winning work has been viewed over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. He has published 6 books and produced 7 CDs. Omékongo’s trilingual (English, French, & Swahili) music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, and The Last Poets.

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Leveraging Diversity: Creating Culturally Competent Work Environments

This keynote explores the importance of achieving true respect for cultural diversity in a school or corporation. Participants will probe deeply into the meaning of cultural biases and use that understanding as a springboard to developing an ongoing dialogue on the importance of diversity. By acknowledging their truths as it relates to xperiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and more, participants will feel empowered to carry the dialogue back to their colleagues and beyond.

G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness!

This intense presentation allows participants to tap into their inner potential in order for them to live their dreams. The four points of the G.R.O.W. acronym: Give, Receive, Overcome and Win for the basis of moving from a life of mediocrity to a life of greatness!

Be an Upstander, not a Bystander!

This keynote highlights the ability youth have to create change in their own lives and the lives of others. Participants build their cultural self-confidence and respect for other cultural, religious, and racial groups through critical analysis of culture through the spoken word and positive hip-hop. This leads participants to understand the root causes of misconceptions that exist across different groups. It challenges cultural paradigms in an effort to create greater appreciation for differences. Students emerge from this high energy presentation empowered to not only make a change in their own lives but in their communities and throughout the globe.

Leveraging Diversity: Creating Culturally Competent Work Environments

This session explores the importance of achieving true respect for cultural diversity in a school or corporation. Participants will probe deeply into the meaning of cultural biases and use that understanding as a springboard to developing an ongoing dialogue on the importance of diversity. By acknowledging their truths as it relates to experiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and more, participants will feel empowered to carry the dialogue back to their colleagues and beyond.

Be an Upstander, not a Bystander!

This session highlights the ability youth have to create change in their own lives and the lives of others. Participants build their cultural self-confidence and respect for other cultural, religious, and racial groups through critical analysis of culture through the spoken word and positive hip-hop. This leads participants to understand the root causes of misconceptions that exist across different groups. It challenges cultural paradigms in an effort to create greater appreciation for differences. Students emerge from this high energy presentation empowered to not only make a change in their own lives but in their communities and throughout the globe.

G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness!

This intense session allows participants to tap into their inner potential in order for them to live their dreams. The four points of the G.R.O.W. acronym: Give, Receive, Overcome and Win for the basis of moving from a life of mediocrity to a life of greatness!

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