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Explore the transformative power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with our expert speakers. Elevate your organization's culture through compelling narratives and actionable insights.
Here are some key advantages that a diversity, equity and inclusion keynote speaker can bring to your organization or event:
Educational Insights: DEI speakers provide valuable insights and knowledge about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, offering a deeper understanding of the subject and its impact on individuals and organizations.
Cultural Competence: DEI speakers enhance cultural competence within the audience by promoting awareness and understanding of different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.
Employee Engagement: Engaging speakers can foster a sense of belonging among employees, leading to increased job satisfaction and productivity. Employees who feel valued and included are more likely to contribute positively to the workplace.
Enhanced Team Dynamics: DEI speakers can emphasize the importance of collaboration and teamwork in diverse settings, encouraging improved communication and cooperation among team members.
Brand Reputation: A commitment to DEI is increasingly important in today's society. Keynote speakers who advocate for diversity and inclusion can positively impact an organization's brand reputation, demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility.
Community Impact: Organizations that prioritize DEI contribute positively to the broader community. Keynote speakers can inspire actions that go beyond the workplace, fostering positive social change.
N. J. Akbar, PhD has experience in K-12, higher education, non-profit and public sectors. Dr. Akbar has served in executive and senior leadership roles in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for more than a decade.
A native of Detroit, MI., Dr. Akbar holds a B.S. in History and Language, Literature and Writing for Secondary Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis Higher Education Administration, both from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State University.
Dr. Akbar is very active in his adopted home of Akron, OH. In 2019, he gained national acclaim by becoming the first Black LGBTQ Muslim elected in Ohio and one of the first in the nation, when he was elected to the Akron Board of Education. Dr. Akbar served one term as Vice President and two terms as President of the Akron School Board.
Dr. Akbar, a veteran of the Army, has received many honors, medals, and awards for his service to his community, some include Public Elected Official of the Year in 2020; Advocate Magazine's Champion of Pride in 2020; Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award in Education (2016).
Dr. Akbar has authored several papers and book chapters on educational equity and systemic approaches to seeking racial equity.
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