Co-founder ByBlacks.com | Keynote Speaker | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant
I’ve gone from intentionally failing half my classes in high school, to being named one of the top 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada. I’ve gone from asking the Canadian government for help, to helping the Canadian government as a consultant. I’ve had dozens of job applications ignored and now I’m the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of an online magazine that’s been recognized by the Prime Minister. How did I get here? Vulnerability, storytelling and a message of radical transparency.
Sharing my own personal story about how I accidentally found out I was part of a diversity workplace program, to the stream of microaggressions I’ve navigated in life and at work, has led me to spend more time researching and talking about Canada’s unique place in the diversity, equity and inclusion space.
Statistics show that industries across the board could make serious gains in revenue per year through diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts. But despite throwing millions of well intentioned dollars at D&I programs, underrepresented groups struggle to get their foot in the door, and when they do, they almost never make it up the ranks. Something doesn’t add up.
My public speaking and corporate DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) consulting is anchored in intersectionality, with specific emphasis on the idea that effective diversity work must go beyond gender. Diversity and inclusion initiatives that try to group people into such categories as gender, ethnicity, and age provide a narrow view of what shapes our identities. No one is defined by a single category, we are influenced by our socialization, experiences, culture, and background. This is a core concept behind intersectionality. My approach is also heavily rooted in explaining what allyship looks like and giving tangible steps to transforming how teams understand how this plays out in the workplace.
Through keynotes and workshops, I’ve helped kickstart these difficult conversations at both mid size and large scale companies such as Fiix Software, The Conference Board of Canada, TD Bank, KPMG, Investors Group and Enbridge.
Take a look through my most popular speaking topics below, and contact me today to inquire about booking a customized workshop or keynote.
Had the pleasure of attending Camille's workshop on Personal Branding at a recent BCorp Leadership Development conference in Toronto. Camille immediately commanded the room in a most engaging way. She started by telling her story and through a series of really creative and authentic exercises with the audience got us to start to tell our stories. What I learned was that we all have a story to tell, which is important in itself, but in doing so we create a safe space to others to open up and share their experiences. If you have a chance to attend Camille's workshop or hire her to work with your team, do it!!!
Camille facilitated a very powerful workshop on leveraging your personal brand for our annual B Corp Leadership Development conference. By the end of the session, everyone was eager to share their story and people left the room saying "that was the best session of the day". I would highly recommend inviting Camille as a public speaker as well as a workshop host!
Camille is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to building a long working relationship with her. The expertise she shared coupled with her dynamic personality captivated the young entrepreneurs she addressed at CEE's Signature Style Event. The feedback forms were filled with praise for her effortless ability to connect and share valuable information with them (in this case 60 young entrepreneurs ages 18-29). Camille is smart and savvy; we welcome her support for CEE and our work with young entrepreneurs in Toronto.
Camille is thoughtful, relevant, engaging and has the ability to form deep connections with any audience. Her work with our new summer employees had a deep impact on how they now view marketing themselves online and how they will strategically use social media platforms in the future. Although this was information they had received on some level before, Camille was able to connect it to the new realities of the job market by making it relevant and urgent for them. Her unique style of facilitation was personable and accessible to the group and it was evident that she was a thought leader on the subject. It was by far the most popular workshop of the week!