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Professor Jina Kari-Kari

DEI Consultant & Guest Speaker

Professor Jina Kari-Kari is a highly regarded DEI expert and guest speaker, with a deep passion for promoting equity and inclusivity in workplaces and communities around the world. With over 15 years of experience in the field of DEI, she has helped countless organizations implement effective strategies and initiatives to create more equitable and inclusive cultures.

Prof. Kari-Kari's approach to DEI is holistic and collaborative, taking into account the unique needs and perspectives of each organization and its stakeholders. She firmly believes that DEI is a continuous process of learning and growth, and that effective DEI strategies require ongoing evaluation and refinement.

As a practitioner, Jina is committed to creating positive change in both individual and organizational contexts. Her services, which include training and development, strategy consulting, guest speaking, research and scholarship, and facilitation and coaching, are designed to empower individuals and organizations to embrace diversity and equity.

Professor Kari-Kari's goal is to create a more inclusive and equitable world, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive regardless of their background or identity. Her personal motivation for pursuing this goal comes from her own experiences as a woman of color, and the challenges and obstacles she has faced in her own career. She is deeply committed to helping others overcome these barriers and promoting systemic change that benefits all members of society.

In addition to her work as a DEI expert, Prof Jina Kari-Kari is a published author and researcher, and has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of several professional associations focused on DEI and related topics.

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CREDIT:  Kimi Gcobani, Baker-Hudson DEI ERG Art Collective

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The Importance of DEI Expertise

Businesses need a DEI consultant because effectively addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion requires a comprehensive understanding of the many dimensions of DEI that many people may not be aware of. An experienced DEI consultant can help organizations navigate the nuances of DEI, including recognizing and addressing unconscious biases, developing inclusive recruitment strategies, and implementing effective training programs. Moreover, understanding intersectionality - the concept that individuals can hold multiple, overlapping identities that shape their experiences of privilege and oppression—is crucial for effective DEI initiatives.

 

A DEI consultant can help organizations examine the unique challenges faced by individuals with intersecting identities and develop tailored strategies to ensure equitable treatment for all employees. By partnering with a DEI consultant, businesses can create more inclusive environments, drive innovation, and ultimately foster long-term success.

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