My Passion: Transforming Organizations through DEI Initiatives

Kuma Roberts, Information and Operations Management (IOM), brings 10+ years of organizational development experience to organizations interested in innovative solutions. She specializes in the business case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), cultural competence, implicit bias, strategies for becoming an equity-centered organization, and ways to ensure inclusive workplace language.

Kuma invites leaders to learn more about how to transform their culture and attract competitive employees through inclusive workplaces. She is passionate about racial and social justice with an emphasis on shifting policy and practice vs. hearts and minds and how more companies and organizations can harness the power of DEI to gain a competitive advantage.


My Speaking Topics


Leading with Emotional Intelligence in the New World of Work

In today’s competitive professional environment, emotional intelligence (EQ) is often the difference between reaching the top or falling flat. This presentation offers attendees the opportunity to assess their individual self-awareness while enhancing their people skills. Techniques for promoting self-regulation and preventing dreaded “filter fails” help equip participants to be better prepared to tackle the challenge of discerning the motivations of others and navigating professional (and personal) interactions towards more successful outcomes.




  1. 5 EQ competencies explored
  2. Triggers: strategies to reframe & pivot forward
  3. Ways to promote self-regulation & avoid “filter fails”

Bring a Folding Chair: 3 Ways Successful People Gain Visibility & Success

This innovative and engaging presentation explores ways for professionals to expand influence and increase visibility in the workplace (regardless of title, industry, or education). Discover simple and practical ways businesspeople can maintain a competitive edge through effective communication practices. Everyone has a right to be heard but the intimidation factor prevents some from mustering the courage to share ideas, take calculated risks, and speak up. Discover 3 powerful ways to harness inner strength and advance career possibilities. 




  1. Explore 3 theories for success (Performance, Image, and Exposure)
  2. Learn ways to lead difficult conversations
  3. Discover ways to empower & share compelling ideas

Don’t Flinch Get Fearless about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This DEI presentation serves as an invitation to those interested in learning how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can foster improved business outcomes. Difficult questions are presented (don’t FLINCH) and solutions explored (get FEARLESS) in this high-energy and engaging audience experience. Concepts of equity vs. equality and a unique participant interactive activity are included. Discover how collaboration “across differences” can ultimately lead to profitable competitive solutions in support of today’s evolving business world.




1.  Unique “IDEALS” process explored

2.  Ways DEI practices can ignite positive impacts

3.  Proven metrics shared to gauge business scope & improved change management


Be Powerful | Be Different | Be Fearless