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"Why do my diverse employees keep leaving?"
My life as a first-generation Cameroonian-American with intersecting identities caused me to have a very unique upbringing. Growing up, my family moved around frequently. When I was 11 years old, my father told my family and I that he got a new job, so we would be moving to the Middle East. At that age, I had no idea where or what the Middle East really was. I was stuck in my bubble and I was unwilling to see things from a different perspective. After moving, my perspective completely shifted. This was my first time being fully immersed in a culture outside of my own. It was after living in the Middle East that I learned how massive this world is. These experiences have allowed me to see how impactful diversity and inclusion, or lack thereof, truly is.
Coming from a family of immigrants allowed me to develop a global perspective at an early age. Throughout my youth, I never quite felt like I belonged. I often found myself experiencing what W.E.B. Dubois coined as the ‘double consciousness’, except I was experiencing a triple consciousness. I always felt like I was torn between different cultures, and that others were not accepting of my unique differences. As I grew up, I realized that my differences were what made me distinct.
I found that regardless of differences, there are common threads we all share. Our similarities are more plentiful than our differences, and my goal is to show others how we are all interconnected. I am a firm believer in the transformative power of kindness, empathy, and emotional intelligence, particularly in leadership. I was selected to give a TEDx Talk on emotional intelligence and I have also been given the opportunity to speak at different conferences and universities on how to foster a more productive, engaged and inclusive workplace. My goal is to first increase awareness. Once we become aware of our cultural lenses, we can take active steps to shift our perspective.
It is my intent to make an impact through my research, my workshops, and my teaching. My passion for building culturally competent communicators shines through everything I do. My mom always emphasized the importance of injecting good into the world. I strive to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace and beyond.
Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology
Authored nearly 200 Forbes articles
Competent Communicator Certificate from Toastmasters International
Collaborated with Nordstrom, Yale, Paypal/Venmo, H&M and various other companies, conferences and institutions
Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Diversity & Inclusion among others