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D&I Summit Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Atira Charles

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Friday, August 11, 2017

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What’s driving employees’ success in their workplaces and lives? Dr. Atira Charles, CEO of Think Actuality, LLC, will crack the secret of “How Identities Impact One’s Workplace and Life Experiences” at our Diversity & Inclusion Summit on October 17, 2017.

Everyone who knows Dr. Charles would call her Dr. C. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and her Masters of Business Administration at Florida A&M University, and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management at Arizona State University. Not only is Dr. Charles a CEO at Think Actuality, but she is also an Assistant Professor of Management at Florida A&M University and the founder of The Mask Project, where she created a national conversation around the masks that people wear in their professional and private lives. Through the project she hopes to help individuals and organization become aware of why identity does matter and how to achieve professional accomplishments by providing identity solutions and empowerment.

As a scholar, consulter and training facilitator, Dr. Charles’ topics revolve around racial and gender identity management in the workplace, organizational management of differences, and communication and feedback processes within diverse organizations. Inspired by her teaching philosophy, she also engages in research and coaching which focuses on how individuals can motivate themselves to positive and productive action through self- awareness and identity management. She has presented her research nationally, such as Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Montreal, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Moreover, she has worked with many global organizations in her quest to better understand how identities impact one’s workplace and life experience.

The Greenville Chamber is pleased and delighted to have Dr. Charles as a keynote speaker for the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Summit, Leveraging Human Difference: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. This Summit is scheduled for October 17, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm at the TD Convention Center. This full day experience will engage business and community leaders across a wide range of private/public sectors and will consist of an opening plenary with keynote speaker, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and approximately 9 different workshops offered in between. The day will end with a LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD Networking Reception for all guests and speakers.

We have secured a dynamic roster of presenters who are all national and international experts skilled in a wide array of diversity strategies. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from authorities who have years of experience. Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for professional and personal development.  The summit will address a variety of topics relevant to helping leaders more effectively manage and value human difference to create high performing organizations and thriving communities.

Find a full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information here.


Naomi Lin is the Greenville Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion Intern and a current Clemson MBA student. 


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