Learn More About Diya Khanna
Organizations want to believe their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts result in more equal opportunities for all, but data shows this isn’t the case – with dramatic impacts to employee engagement, satisfaction and retention.
Known for sharing a big vision and tactical implementation steps for creating inclusive work spaces, Diya Khanna, founder of DEI consultancy Global IDEA, has spent over 20 years partnering with for-profit, non-profit and technology organizations to provide learning and development opportunities inside workplaces as they develop DEI programs, strategies and policies at scale.
With only half of over 24,000 workers from more than 20 countries reporting that their organization holds itself accountable to their declared DEI principles, it’s clear work remains to be done to create an environment where everyone feels welcome. Khanna emphasizes that organizations that resist implementing DEI practices are leaving money on the table, pointing out that Bank of America reported that a lack of diversity cost American companies $70 trillion.
“People tend to see DEI as ‘passion’ work, but it’s a strategic, organizational commitment,” offers Khanna, a former Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Program Manager at Amazon, where she led CORE+ (Conversations on Race and Ethnicity), an annual internal conference for 1.3 million employees. “We aren’t going to get immediate results, but progress hinges on goals, data, measurement and a culture of accountability. The more resources you put in, the more you get in the form of safe, healthy and sustainable work culture.”
Harnessing the Positive Power of DEI for Safe, Healthy, Sustainable Work Culture
Khanna is driven by her life-long mission to increase access and opportunity for people across diverse backgrounds in every professional industry. Her practical frameworks and toolkits, rooted in five sustainable and engaging DEI values, help leaders adopt inclusive leadership behaviors and implement solutions in safe, healthy and sustainable ways.
Well known for her interactive workshops that center on awareness of the importance of DEI in the workplace, the accountability of shared roles and responsibilities in day-to-day operations, and the actions required to achieve the organization’s strategic goals, Khanna is a curriculum partner with Ruchika Tulshyan and her global inclusion strategy firm Candour. A “global citizen” renowned for her high level of cultural intelligence, Khanna creates unforgettable sessions that reach both heads and hearts. She incorporates a deep knowledge of different learning styles to assist organizations in including the voices and perspectives of employees and customers around the world.
A recognized, credible educator who has led courses on the future of work and how to rebuild inclusive workplaces, Khanna ultimately suggests that incorporating DEI should not only be necessary, but it should be exciting to get the best results.
“By bringing people on board the learning journey, getting them excited about DEI instead of feeling bad about it and shifting their mindset towards the amazing things we can do together – that’s where we can certainly see a shift in organizational culture,” she stresses. “And that’s what eventually leads to more bottom-line profits too.”
Diya Khanna, founder of DEI consultancy Global IDEA, is a global diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) speaker, facilitator and consultant with 20 years of experience in for-profit, non-profit and tech organizations.
Khanna’s work is focused on developing DEI programs, strategies and policies at scale. A curriculum partner with Ruchika Tulshyan and her global inclusion strategy firm Candour, Khanna frequently develops and designs one-, two- and five-day interactive workshops that help organizations be the best versions of themselves. She previously worked at Amazon where she led CORE+ (Conversations on Race and Ethnicity), an annual internal conference for 1.3 million employees. She has developed global work plans for 14 employee resource groups and led courses on the future of work and how to rebuild workplaces from an intersectional lens. She is a proven subject matter expert and is known for big vision and tactical implementation.
Khanna has a life-long mission of increasing access and opportunity for people across race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, accessibility, sexual orientation, social class, military, status, religion, age and language in every professional industry. She worked as a DEI consultant in Canada, Japan, Singapore, Germany and the U.S.
Khanna was previously a DEI columnist for The Seattle Times, is currently a DEI columnist for Newsweek, a board member of the Asians@Amazon global board and worked for the United Nations Information Center.
Khanna holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters’ of Education degrees.
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Dedicated to facilitating meaningful change within organizations, Diya Khanna, a globally recognized authority on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in action, brings organizations a personalized approach to planning and scaling DEI programs. Starting by attentively discerning an organization’s unique challenges and potential areas for growth, Khanna then crafts bespoke solutions that not only align with the organization’s values but also promote sustainable development and DEI integration.
Khanna delves into concepts such as privilege mapping and positionality, enabling organizations to harness these powerful tools for cultural transformation. She also champions a holistic approach to DEI, stressing that change emerges from understanding the interconnectedness of power within and outside the workplace.
Topics Khanna is happy to explore:
- Developing DEI strategic roadmaps
- DEI values implementation
- Facilitating annual organizational planning
- Enhancing onboarding processes
- Executing stakeholder and privilege mapping
- Advancing diversity recruiting
- Compiling comprehensive DEI reports
- Structuring effective mentorship and sponsorship programs
- Conducting DEI audits
- Correctly responding to ad hoc requests
In her unyielding commitment to fostering authentic, inclusive environments, Khanna serves as an indispensable guide for organizations navigating the DEI landscape.
Fostering Psychological Safety 101 – Igniting Innovation Through Inclusion
Cultivating an environment where ideas flow, diverse perspectives are celebrated, and mistakes are seen as innovation stepping stones is a strategic business imperative. Helping organizations bring this crucial insight to life is diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) authority Diya Khanna.
Founder of Global IDEA, a DEI consultancy, Khanna leverages her keen cultural intelligence and understanding of diverse learning styles to create interactive sessions that resonate with participants’ minds and hearts. She demystifies the principles of psychological safety, promoting fearless exploration and fostering a culture of adaptability and resilience. Attendees gain a nuanced appreciation for DEI’s journey, understanding both its historical roots and evolving significance in today’s corporate landscape.
Grounded in Khanna’s effective 3 A’s framework—promoting Awareness of DEI’s workplace role, instilling Accountability for shared roles, and inspiring Action towards long-term goals—participants depart empowered with the know-how to nurture an inclusive, psychologically safe work environment where innovation thrives.
Ideal for leaders and teams interested in enhancing their grasp of psychological safety to foster a culture of innovation and adaptability, this dynamic workshop shows anyone how to harness the power of dialogues that drive change, honor diversity and stimulate organizational growth