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Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP North Carolina
LENORA BILLINGS-HARRIS

Diversity and Inclusion is a full-time focus, not just one topic among many for keynoter Lenora Billings-Harris. She is an internationally recognized diversity strategist and thought leader, Certified Professional Speaker (CSP), facilitator, and author.

With more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora was named as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Additionally, she was named as one of the "Top 20 Diversity Leaders in the USA" by Diversity Woman magazine.

Through her presentations, train-the-trainer sessions, books and other educational resources, she has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a substantive, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. She is known for her ability to simplify and demystify the complexities of diversity and inclusion which lead her participants to immediately applicable "how to's" that increase workplace engagement.

Lenora is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work and the co-author of TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity.

She is a past president of the 3,000 member National Speakers Association. Lenora serves on the adjunct faculty of Averett University as well as the Bryan School of Business Economics, University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she and her team conducted award winning research on how diversity attitudes impact leadership results. The results of their research have been published in several scholarly journals.

Lenora has presented to audiences in over 20 countries in person and via satellite. Before starting her consulting firm in 1986, Lenora held several key management positions with two Fortune 500 companies as well as with the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan.


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  • 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 today's 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 organization's 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.

  • 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 organization's vision, mission, and business strategy? If so, this program is for you.

    Based on Lenora's 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 Lenora's D & I research conducted through The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University Of North Carolina-Greensboro.

  • 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 today's 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.
Trailblazers The Diversity Advantage
Trailblazers: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work ;

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