Ubuntu- I am because we are. We are because I am.
This South African proverb describes the foundation of my philosophy regarding diversity and inclusion concepts, strategies and actions.
Diversity, inclusion, respect and fairness are concepts that make some people reluctant to discuss them. I work hard to create a safe, nonjudgmental and uplifting environment that makes exploring sensitive topics a positive journey for all. Most importantly our participants leave our sessions with knowledge to activate easy to apply actions, and a deeper understanding of the concepts discussed.All programs, processes and resources reflect my belief that we are all more effective, productive and innovative when we honor and value our own uniqueness while at the same time valuing and respecting the differences of others.
– Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP
Lenora Billings-Harris is an award winning authority as a diversity strategist, researcher and author. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), 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.
Lenora’s ability to transform multifaceted diversity and inclusion concepts into immediately applicable “how to’s” have enabled her to help Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, government agencies and educational institutions facilitate change to attract and retain top talent, expand multicultural markets, and heighten the number of engaged employees. She partners with organizations to help them make diversity a competitive advantage.
Lenora is the co-author of TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and she is often an expert guest on TV and radio internationally. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and leads a full service diversity consulting firm. She has presented to audiences in over twenty countries on six continents including in the middle of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Lenora is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) and a Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) Speaker Hall of Fame inductee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from the University of Michigan. She has held key positions with General Motors and CIGNA Corp.
Other Information About Lenora
Lenora serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at High Point University. This council is comprised of individuals who have established careers in the communication fields related to programs offered in the School of Communication. For more information, click here.