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Diversity and Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Simma Liberman

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Thursday, August 24, 2017

When an employee feels part of team, welcomed, or treated equally, their productivity and performance increases. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender professionals often don’t feel included in the workplace even though there are laws and policies made to create a safe, visible, and LGBT-friendly environment. One of reasons is that people are not able to see the beauty of diversity.

Simma Lieberman, The Inclusionists, pointed out that “the beauty of diversity is in its complexities in knowing who we are in relationship to others, being curious and willing to know a whole person and all of his/her complexities.” Knowing who we are and our own identities helps us appreciate his/her beauty and others that we never pay attention to. As a pioneer in executing diversity and inclusion initiatives in our community, the Greenville Chamber will hold the Diversity & Inclusion Summit on October 17th and invited Simma Lieberman as a Facilitator for “LGBTQ Inclusion: Finding Commonality in Our Multiple Identities.”

This workshop will help organizations and attendees ensure LGBT employees feel included and utilize all of their talents for business success; understand impacts of common biases and stereotypes about LGBT people. There are the multiple identities amongst LGBT people and all employees. Simma will present commonalities of them to be even more successful together.  

Simma Lieberman’s hometown is in the Bronx, New York. To involve in constructive dialogue and discover new methods to work, Simma devotes for people with diverse backgrounds and bring them together. Her clients include various organizations, such as Diageo, McDonalds, Pillsbury Bakeries, Kimpton Hotels, Chevron, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Gulfstream and Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Simma is a member of two diversity think tanks, Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE), a multi-cultural organization of people in the US and Europe, and Diversity 2K. She is a past co-chair of the SF Bay chapter of Out and Equal, and past president of Northern CA chapter of Society for the Advancement of Consulting. World HRD Congress named her as a winner of Global Diversity Leadership award in Mumbai in 2017.

Simma’s articles and advice have been featured in publications such as; Wall Street Journal, New York Times,, Fast Company, Newsday,, Black MBA, Restaurant Hospitality, Managing Diversity Journal, Workforce Diversity Network, and NPR. She is co-author of two books. "Putting Diversity to Work, how to successfully lead a diverse workforce," (Crisp, 2003) and, "The Diversity Calling; building diverse communities, one story at a time, and the author of the book, “110 Ways to Champion Diversity and Build Inclusion.”

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is pleased and delighted to have Simma Lieberman as a Facilitator for the 2017 Diversity 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 consists 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. A full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information can be found online here.


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