Farzana Nayani (pronouns she/her/hers) is a recognized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specialist, coach, and international keynote speaker. She has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, public agencies, higher education institutions, school districts, and non-profit organizations as a consultant and trainer on diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, supplier diversity, and employee engagement.

Farzana’s advisory work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), small business advocacy, and entrepreneurship has taken her to engagements across North America, from the White House to Silicon Valley. Her subject matter expertise on global community relations is recognized in her work with institutions like the Smithsonian and the East-West Center. Farzana’s expertise has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, DiversityInc, NPR, the Washington Post, and the LA Times. She is based in Los Angeles, CA with a global upbringing including ties to South and Southeast Asia, and Canada, and is a published author on organizational training and culture.

A frequently requested speaker on DEI, race, unconscious bias, leadership, culture, and identity, Farzana Nayani is committed to helping organizations and individuals lead more effectively and is passionate about cultivating belonging in the workplace and society overall. Through her intuitive coaching practice, she supports individuals in accessing inner guidance to move towards healing, transformation, and achieving their full potential, in a culturally sensitive and grounded way. Of multiethnic Filipina-Pakistani background, she is a passionate advocate for the multiracial community and is the parent of two active and loving sons. Her most recent books—Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World, as well as The Power of Employee Resource Groups: How People Create Authentic Change—are widely available, distributed by Penguin Random House.

Values and Commitment

The need for healing, awareness, empathy, and engagement is important, and even is more critical in today’s increasingly connected, yet polarized world. My work aims to support deeper connections and mutual understanding among different groups, towards a more equitable society.

My expertise can create avenues for learning, dialogue, and growth with the long-term aim of fostering an inclusive environment for all. In order to do this, we must face the areas of opportunity for development and systems and processes that may not be effective or equitable for all. The outcome results in truly engaged individuals and groups, a removal of barriers to progress and potential, and a renewed dedication to a greater cause. In order to get there, there is likely a need to address gaps and wounds, acknowledging that these moments are a part of our history that force us to be stronger and more steadfast in our efforts towards a common goal of including and supporting everyone, to achieve our fullest potential, together.

My aim is to energize and guide the building of relationships, strengthening of community, and creating an outcome where everyone thrives. In order to do this, we must examine where we are currently, and at the same time envision a future state that is indeed possible with concrete steps, steadfast leadership, authentic feedback, space for healing and reflection, and continued commitment to the process.

I am here with you on this journey.

Farzana Nayani

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