23 May “The Gen-Z Historian” and DEI in the New Decade – Kahlil Greene
With 4 decades of workers in the workplace at this time it’s important to understand cultural shifts and the meaning of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from all perspectives. Kahlil Greene, the Gen Z Historian is able to breakdown the antiquated DE&I strategies of the past moving organizations into the next phase of being an inclusive environment. Kahlil Greene bridges the gap between Gen-Z and large organizations through critical conversations about race relations and educational equity.
Kahlil Greene, also known as the “Gen Z Historian”, is a New York Times and Forbes Magazine recognized digital educator with over 600,000 followers and 20mm views across his Tiktok, Instagram, and LinkedIn profiles. Kahlil uses his unique leadership experiences and Gen-Z perspective to provide a youthful, forward-looking, and much-needed intervention to commonplace and antiquated DE&I strategies. He has authored op-eds about this topic in the Washington Post, LA Times, and Harvard Business Review. As a junior in college, Greene completed a summer internship with McKinsey and Company and later earned a Hall of Fame designation from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for his fundraising and support of the nonprofit. Kahlil is now a full-time, self-employed speaker, influencer, and educator.
Kahlil Greene’s Speech Topics Include
Be the Change
If you had a deep concern with your workplace’s management, culture, or impact and had a great idea for improvement–would you voice this to your boss? If they shot the idea down, but you still believed in it, what would you do next? As the poet, Langston Hughes asked, “What happens to a dream deferred?”
In this talk/breakout, Greene will use successes from his time as student body president at Yale, an institution older than America itself, to illustrate how one individual can disturb the inertia of a workplace set in its ways by rallying coworkers and taking the action needed for a proposal to come to life. With his expertise studying the History of Social Change and Social Movements and as a member of Yale’s prestigious Grand Strategy Program, he provides a framework for action-oriented change and leadership that worked for some of the most impactful figures in history. The same framework guided him as he pushed Yale to remove grades for the first time in its history, dedicate $100,000 to student-led environmental projects, permanently provide menstrual products in all residential buildings, and so much more during his tenure.
DEI in the New Decade
After the summer of 2020, the nation manifested a heightened awareness of the societal impact of corporations. Now, students across colleges and universities are collectively blacklisting, or “canceling”, certain companies for insufficient support of underrepresented and marginalized communities that exist both inside and outside of the organization. This causes firms to lose talent and public image, and because this happens through social media and informal networks, they don’t even know. In this keynote/breakout, Greene will discuss young people’s expectations for diversity, equity, and inclusion across institutions and how organizations can live up to the DEI standards of this new decade.