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Farzana Nayani

A recognized Diversity, Equity & Inclusion specialist and established Intercultural practitioner, Farzana Nayani has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, public agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations as a consultant and trainer on diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, supplier diversity, and employee engagement. Farzana's mission is to promote healing and transformation for individuals as well as by helping organizations lead more effectively.

Farzana is a published author on organizational training and culture, as well as a frequently requested speaker on D&I, race, unconscious bias, leadership, culture, and identity. Her recognized expertise on multiracial topics will be shared in her upcoming book, Raising Multiracial Children: Tools for Nurturing Identity in a Racialized World, published and distributed by North Atlantic Books/Penguin Random House in April, 2020.
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Advisory work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), small business advocacy, and entrepreneurship has taken Farzana to engagements across North America, from the White House to Silicon Valley. Her subject matter expertise on global community relations is recognized in partnerships with institutions like the Smithsonian and the East-West Center. National leadership positions have included serving as National Director of ERG Relations for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Board Director for the Society of Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR) USA.

Farzana has shared her expertise in media outlets such as Forbes, DiversityInc, NPR, LAParent and the LA Times. She is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory®, an executive and personal development coach, and has been a member of adjunct faculty with the UBC Centre for Intercultural Communication for over 10 years and coaching faculty for The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Woman.

Farzana is based in Los Angeles, California, with a global upbringing including ties to South and Southeast Asia, and Canada.

Products & Services

Farzana offers products and services in the following areas:

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Keynotes: High-impact public speaking on diversity, equity, and inclusion
Consulting: Advisory services for organizations implementing diversity programs
Multiracial: Publications and resources on multiracial identity

BUSINESS
Business development resources for minority entrepreneurs

COACHING
Individual and group coaching enabling career, business, and personal transformation

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Client Testimonials

Testimonials from select clients:

“We engaged Farzana to help us take our Diversity & Inclusion and ERG efforts to the next level.  Her work with the team was high energy, positive, and forward-looking.  Farzana brings a wealth of experience and ideas from her experience working with a wide variety of organizations.”
Chris Copeland
Executive Sponsor, D&I ERG
CTO, Cision

"Farzana delivered the keynote address for the annual conference of the Publishing Professionals Network on April 27, 2018. She spoke with passion and eloquence about the need for more diversity in book publishing--an industry that, she argued, can have an outsized effect on national conversations around racial, gender, and economic privilege. Grounding her insights in both hard data and the personal experiences of herself and other authors of color, she held our 160 attendees in rapt attention: audience members reported being touched, called to action, even brought to tears by her speech. During a roundtable discussion following the address, Farzana challenged us to look for opportunities to further diversity and inclusion in our own workplaces and on our own publishing lists. Thanks to her inspiration and guidance, we are making plans this summer to launch a regional D&I initiative in book publishing."
Scott Norton
2018 Conference Program Chair - Publishing Professionals Network
Director of Editing, Design, Publishing - University of California Press

“On October 23, 2018, Farzana engaged a group of 50+ employee resource group leaders from various companies across Southern Company Gas during a 3 and 1⁄2 hour workshop entitled Elevating Your ERG Game. The session helped our leaders understand what it takes to become more of a resource to our business by sharing best and next practices for engaging executive sponsors, reconnecting with the purpose of ERGs, connecting aspects of individual and intersectional identity to business initiatives, engaging members, communicating your value, and effectively planning your impact. Farzana’s energy, expertise, and engaging presence made the experience and atmosphere fun for the participants. I have received glowing comments from our leaders showing appreciation for the experience Farzana created. We are very pleased with the investment we made in our partnership with Farzana and hope to continue our business relationship in the future.”
Tommi Paris 
Director of Diversity & Inclusion 
Southern Company Gas

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Media Contact

For media availability and interview requests, please contact:

Email: info@farzananayani.com

Phone: +1 (213) 263-7986