Lenora Billings-Harris

Award-winning Diversity Strategist and author who helps organizations make diversity & mitigating unconscious bias a competitive advantage.


Associations, Corporate


Diversity, Employees/Workforce, Gender Issues, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Respect

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Leveraging diversity is Lenora's total focus, not just one topic among many therefore she is able to customize her systems and techniques in a way that works best for your organization. She delivers her compelling best practices by keynotes, workshops, books and consulting efforts.

Her latest book TRAILBLAZERS: How top Business Leaders Accelerate Results through Inclusion and Diversity features the combined D&I strategies and tactics of 12 Chief Diversity Officers spanning the full depth of global and domestic practices. With more than twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a high-energy, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. Her interactive style, and immediately applicable "how-to's" have caused clients to invite her back again and again. She delivers presentations and helps lead diversity initiatives for Fortune 500 companies as well as professional associations and educational institutions.

Lenora was named as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and she was featured on the cover of Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. She is a past president of the 3000 member National Speakers Association (NSA); past president of the Global Speakers Federation and is on the adjunct faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she and her award winning team have conducted research on diversity and leadership effectiveness.

Lenora has presented to audiences on in 30 countries on six continents and even in the middle of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Some of her clients include NASA, Toyota, Cornell University, Marriott International, American Express, Social Security Administration, Motorola and the Society of Human Resource Management, as well as associations such as ASAE (American Association of Association Executives), and National Education Association.

Before founding Excel Development Systems, Inc., a full service diversity and inclusuion consulting and training firm, in 1986, Lenora held key management positions with CIGNA Corporation, General Motors and the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Business. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Averett University.

Lenora is the 2016 recipient of the coveted Cavett Award. The Cavett Award is the National Speakers Associaiton's highest award. It is presented annually to one member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding professionalism, respect, honor and admiration within the Association and the speaking profession that most closely parallel the illustrious career of NSA's Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE.

Lenora Engages The Audience Martin Luther King Day Celebration Unconscious Bias: The Wizard of OZ Principle Lenora talks Ubuntu

Trailblazers The Diversity Advantage Discover Your Inclusivity Quotient™  DVD Mem-cards for the Diversity Advantage Discovering Diversity Profile: Exploring Differences in the Workplace

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