Founder, Speaker, and Executive Coach of Change Cadet

Dr. Akilah Cadet
Speaking Fee: $10,000 to $20,000

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Primary Topic Category: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) / Social Justice

Secondary Topic Category: African American & Black

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Dr. Akilah Cadet At A Glance:

Dr. Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, an organizational development consulting firm that offers services that support embedding belonging into overall company culture, identity and strategy. As a Forbes Next 1000 Entrepreneur her work is behind some of the biggest brands you use everyday. Dismantling white supremacy through storytelling is at the core of her work as a leader, speaker, creative director, producer, writer, editor and author of forthcoming book White Supremacy is All Around: Notes From a Black Disabled Woman in a White World.

Dr. Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, an organizational development consulting firm that offers services that support embedding belonging into overall company culture, identity and strategy. As a Forbes Next 1000 Entrepreneur her work is behind some of the biggest brands you use everyday. Dismantling white supremacy through storytelling is at the core of her work as a leader, speaker, creative director, producer, writer, editor and author of forthcoming book White Supremacy is All Around: Notes From a Black Disabled Woman in a White WorldDr. Cadet holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education in Community Based Public Health, a Master of Public Health, and a Doctorate of Health Sciences in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. But more importantly, she lives in/loves Oakland, celebrates her disability, is a proud Beyoncé advocate, and has an incredible shoe game.

  • Power and Privilege

    White privilege is a thing, but not the only thing. We all have power and privilege. This workshop examines the many forms of power and privilege in the workplace, given our ethnicity, social economic status, education level, and more. We will explore how to use our power and privilege to better ourselves, to support others, and journey towards becoming an accomplice. This interactive workshop will use Zoom polls and breakout groups.
  • Do the Work: Becoming an Accomplice

    Understanding your privilege and identifying as an ally are a start, yet not enough. We have to do the work. This workshop covers the next steps in anti- racist work, past allyship onto becoming an accomplice. We’ll examine the differences between these two concepts, learn to recognize performative allyship, and share insight about what it means and how to start the necessary work of becoming an accomplice. Segments of this virtual, interactive workshop will use breakout groups to enhance discussion and build community.
  • Do the Work: Becoming an Accomplice in the Workplace

    It is essential that we strive toward becoming accomplices to protect and advocate for BIPOC employees and colleagues at work. This workshop is designed to educate and empower those in the workplace, at every level within an organization, to become accomplices and hold leadership, clients, and other colleagues accountable. We will learn how privilege can manifest in the workplace, identify actions you can take to be an accomplice at work, and learn tips for calling out and calling in leadership and HR.
  • Do the Work: Power, Privilege & Leadership

    It is essential for the cultural health and overall success of any business or organization that leadership both understand and develop anti-racist practices. In this workshop, we will educate leaders on behaviors, structures, and policies that contribute to inequity in the workplace and analyze what it looks like to undo those. We will provide feedback and resources meant to activate leaders to build (or re-build) their organizations and strive towards truly anti-racist companies.
  • Harmony Not Balance & Reconnecting to Joy

    Many work environments extend into personal life. As a result, people will work forever, whenever. With a pandemic and injustices towards Black people it is important to find ways to reconnect back to joy. This workshop discusses the difference between balance (nothing is ever an exact portion) and harmony (going with the flow and less feelings of failure). Tools and exercises will be provided to rethink personal and professional life.
  • Women Empowerment/Women of Color

    Dr. Cadet uses her personal story and insight to share how to be a successful woman or woman of color (WOC) in the workplace. She discusses her experience being fired, the importance of knowing your perceived barriers, building your advisory squad, the power of Beyoncé, and when to move on if you’re not valued. Designed as a keynote or interactive Zoom workshop session.
  • Disability Justice

    Dr. Akilah Cadet will lead an interactive introductory workshop on disability justice that incorporates storytelling from her perspective as a Black, disabled woman. Topics include: Defining “Disability,” Intersectionality, opportunities for learning and unlearning what Disability Justice looks like, advocacy and accountability in the workplace and our wider communities, and more. This interactive workshop will use breakout groups to enhance discussion and build community.
  • The Anti-Racism Journey

    The practice of anti-racism is a lifelong journey of learning, unlearning, and doing the work to change the values, behaviors and structures that perpetuate systemic racism. This workshop will examine the continuous cycle of the anti-racism journey. We will explore how to be comfortable with discomfort, dig deeper into key terms, identify actions for accountability and make commitments that can lead to meaningful change. For those looking for what’s next in your accomplice journey, this workshop is for you. Segments of this virtual, interactive workshop will use breakout groups to enhance discussion and build community.
  • Dismantling White Dominant Culture at Work

    During the summer of allyship, we saw many companies release Black Lives Matter statements. But have they done anything almost one year later? This workshop will examine how white dominant culture shows up in the workplace. We’ll learn how to recognize how it shows up at work, ways to move towards an inclusive workplace, and share insight about what it means and how to actively dismantle white supremacy in the workplace. Segments of this interactive workshop will use breakout groups to enhance discussion and build community.
  • Understanding Bias

    Defined as subconscious thoughts that result in actions, words, feelings or behaviors towards a particular person or group, implicit biases are the result of internalized and externalized lived experiences such as where someone grew up, family structure, schools, workplaces, cities, and social groups. This workshop (or talk) will cover how the presence of implicit bias creates barriers for those who are underrepresented in the workforce (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, disabled people, etc.) and how leaders and employees alike can become more aware of and work to mitigate bias to ensure greater equity in the workplace.
  • Change Management

    This workshop (or talk) centers on change management methodologies rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The training will cover identification and discussion of change attitudes, the emotions of change, understanding the need for change, and how to apply learnings to facilitate the process of organizational change
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