Kuma Roberts partners with CEOs, executives, and leadership teams to deepen their personal and professional commitments to celebrate diversity, champion equity and cultivate inclusion. After spending nearly, a decade working with chambers of commerce, businesses both corporate and nonprofit. Kuma Roberts knows what truly drives conversations related to DEI, – and it’s not just checking the box and other performative acts of solidarity with people across difference.
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About Keynote Speaker
Kuma Roberts is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting a boutique project management, leadership development and executive coaching form in Tulsa, OK. Kuma partners with CEOs, executives, and leadership teams to deepen their personal and professional commitments to celebrate diversity, champion equity and cultivate inclusion. After spending nearly a decade working with chambers of commerce, and businesses both corporate and nonprofit Kuma knows what truly drives conversions related to DEI, - and it’s not just checking the box and other performative acts of solidarity with people across difference. It’s how well you connect with the full humanity of all people as well as being intentional about shifting policy and practice that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Kuma has clients around the nation and has spoken to thousands on the benefits of leveraging DEI to enhance your competitive advantage. In addition, she serves on numerous nonprofit boards that align with her passion ensure a vibrant, and accountable world for us all including YMCA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Philbrook and #RacismStinks. She was named the 2022 Pinnacle Award Corporate Businesswoman of the Year by the YWCA, the City of Tulsa and Commission on the Status of Women, 2022 Workplace Inclusion Advocate for Oklahomans for Equality, as well as the 2020 Keeping the Dream Alive Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society.
Kuma is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management. She has been married to her husband Floyd for 6 years and together have two children, 17-year-old Komari and Zeke who is 4.
Keynote Speaker Topics
The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI 101) – This introductory session introduces concepts of DEI to attendees including, defining diversity, equity, and inclusion, what is the business case for DEI, equity vs. equality and includes a unique activity to demonstrate the value of DEI for your organization.
The Culturally Competent Leader- Participants will learn about what culture, culturally competent communication, the cultural competence continuum, and what it looks like when you are a culturally responsive organization in order to enhance your competitive advantage.
Safe to Soar: Inclusive Language for the Workplace- This session focuses on the 5 Steps to Soar in the workplace using inclusive language. We myth bust some common workplace phrases that hinder belonging and prohibit staff and teams from experiencing a workplace that acknowledges and values all.
Diversity and Inclusion Isn’t Just for Big Business- This session discusses the various benefits of leveraging diversity, equity, and inclusion when you have a small team. Topics are focused on thinking beyond race, supplier diversity, and getting out of your comfort zone.
Disrupting Bias & Microaggressions in the Workplace – This introductory session explains what implicit bias is and how you can take action toward interrupting it in within yourself and in the workplace.
Equity In the Center- Becoming an Equity Centered Organization- This session breaks down the Proinspire model of Awake to Woke to Work and how your organization can begin the journey toward placing equity at the center of your work.
Head in the Sand? Difficult Conversations in the Workplace- This topic focuses on establishing group norms and providing teams to feel empowered to have difficult conversations in the workplace and beyond.
Grounding Your Workplace in Ethics and Inclusion
2020 shook up our workplace and world in a big way, yet a few things remain the same if you and your organization want to remain relevant, profitable, and equitable now and into the future.
This presentation will focus on defining what equity, inclusion, and ethics are in 2021 as well as specific ways you can build a strategy that includes all three into your strategic plan.
"If you have come to help me then you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together"