Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Keynote Speaker

Spark the conversations around workplace culture that will inspire your leaders and propel your organization forward.

“Critique without a call to action is just noise.”
~ Ericka Hines

Ericka Hines

Meet DEI Keynote Speaker Ericka Hines

Ericka Hines, Principal of Every Level Leadership, is a DEI strategist and researcher who has worked with over 10,000 individuals throughout the United States and knows what it takes to achieve diversity in the workplace.  For over a dozen years, she has worked with government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations across the country to help their staff and stakeholders learn how to create an inclusive culture.

Through speaking engagements, training sessions, and mentoring programs, she has challenged organizational leaders to examine the root causes of race equity issues and deepen their knowledge and understanding of DEI.  Most importantly, she has helped initiate the actions needed to bring about change.

Ericka is the founder of Black Women Thriving and served as lead researcher and a contributing author to the national publication: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, published in 2018 by Equity in the Center. To learn more about Ericka, visit here.


Centering Black Women is How Your Workplace Will Thrive

This keynote presentation pulls from the data presented in the 2022 Black Women Thriving report.  As lead researcher, Ericka Hines is working to uncover the circumstances that allow Black women in the workplace to prosper.  Discover what this new information means for organizational leaders trying to implement equity and inclusion.  Included are the exact strategies needed by organizations to ensure their Black women employees are not just surviving but thriving.

Key Takeaways:

  • What does thriving at work mean, and how is it different than your current DEI and belonging work?

  • Why is it critical to center organizational DEI efforts on Black Women?

  • Ways that organization can create policies, practices, and cultures in which Black women thrive, and your DEI efforts succeed. 

“Most of the time, my clients have been doing their DEI work believing that they were focused on inclusion and equity when all of their efforts have really been focused only on diversity.

Hiring more Black, Indigenous, and People of color? Diversity.
Trying to get more folks of color into leadership? Diversity.
Asking for demographics during onboarding? Diversity.

Not inclusion and not equity work.”

~ Ericka Hines, J.D.

What thought leaders are saying

“Ericka brings a stunning array of skills and expertise. Everything Ericka does is rooted in the question about how to build a just and equitable culture and to amplify organizational impact.”

– Heather Laine Talley, Director of Communications and Culture, Tzedek Social Justice Fund

“If you are looking for a partnership that invites you to think about how a commitment to equity can be infused into the life and breath of your organization, [Ericka] is that partner.”

– Lynne Cripe, CEO, The KonTerra Group

“In her closing remarks, Ericka Hines summarized the key characteristics of a representative workforce and why building one is beneficial for organizational growth and success. She told us that It is possible to be an inclusive workplace. The point of creating inclusive workplaces, even when fatigue and resistance are felt, and when there are stumbles and challenges, is not to stop. Organizations and the people within them who are committed to doing this important work around DEI need to know it is OK to take a step back, to rest, to regroup, and to allow themselves space and grace. Even that, in and of itself, is progress forward.” 

-National Health Council

Thank you for your interest.  Every Level Leadership is currently not taking any new requests for Speaking engagements