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Dr. Omekongo Dibinga

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A World-Renowned Speaker with a Unique Blend of Poetry and Leadership Expertise. Witness the transformative impact on your organization.

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Omékongo Dibinga, CSP, is an accomplished international speaker, poet, rapper, and professor. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and encourages individuals to stand up against injustice, no matter how small or large. Omékongo has published several books and produced musical albums, and his work has received praise from notable leaders and media outlets worldwide. Embrace UPstanding leadership, antiracism, and diversity excellence. Elevate your event to new heights.

Why you should book Dr. Omekongo Dibinga for your next event

  • With a presence in 30 countries across 3 continents, Dr. Dibinga offers a diverse and inclusive outlook that resonates with multinational audiences.
  • As a trilingual poet and rapper, Omékongo is able to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds with his unique blend of music and spoken word.
  • With his extensive experience as a professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University, Omékongo is able to provide valuable insights on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga, CSP, is a renowned international speaker, trilingual poet, rapper, and professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University. As an UPstander, he inspires audiences worldwide to take a stand against injustice and promote positive change. Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, and Yassine Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. He has spoken at the United Nations, worked with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas, and partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.

As an internationally acclaimed speaker, his profound insights transcend boundaries, making him an ideal choice for organizations seeking to instigate positive transformation. His work has been celebrated on a global scale, and he has the unique ability to connect with diverse audiences, ensuring that his message resonates with all.

When you book Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, you’re not just securing a keynote speaker; you’re securing a path to empowerment, diversity, and leadership excellence. His impressive recognition, including the prestigious CNN iReport Spirit Award, serves as a testament to his powerful message.

Dr. Dibinga’s journey, from his academic achievements at institutions like Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, to his impactful work with the United Nations and the State Department, illustrates his commitment to change on a grand scale. His expertise in intercultural communication and antiracism initiatives equips organizations with the tools needed to navigate today’s complex and diverse landscape.

Moreover, Dr. Dibinga’s published works and motivational books, such as “G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness!” have received acclaim from renowned speakers, reinforcing his status as a thought leader in personal and professional development.

In a world where standing up for what’s right is essential, Dr. Omekongo Dibinga is the speaker who not only addresses the challenges but also provides actionable solutions. Make the choice to book Dr. Omekongo Dibinga for your event, and let his inspirational journey and profound insights be the driving force behind your organization’s transformation.

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Finding Common Ground In Uncommon Times

The purpose of this keynote/breakout is for participants to explore what unites them as opposed to what divides them. We live in a society that is becoming increasingly polarized but even in our darkest moments, there are areas where we can all shine. Participants will learn how to have difficult conversations, how to challenge implicit biases, and how to build a community where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated!

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G.R.OW. Towards Your Greatness!

This keynote/breakout will provide you with the steps needed to bounce back from any setback, be it personal or professional. This is an interactive session where participants will be able to first probe into the circumstances that led to their setback, and then embark on 4-step reinvention road map that will keep them focused and ready to adapt to new challenges. As the saying goes, either you expand or you are expendable so come learn how to expand and G.R.O.W. towards your greatness!

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Leveraging and Embracing Diversity in the Workplace

This keynote/breakout explores the importance of achieving true cultural diversity and appreciation in a corporate or governmental environment. Research has shown that companies that value diversity are more productive and profitable. Participants will probe deeply into the challenges that prevent employees and leaders from having a truly inclusive work environment. By acknowledging their truths as it relates to experiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and more, participants will feel empowered to carry the dialogue back to their colleagues and beyond.

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Antiracism & YOU!

Antiracism is a term that has been utilized across every strata of American society and even beyond our shores. The goal of this session is to go beyond the articles and books and do a deep dive on two simple questions. The first question is: how antiracist are you really? The goal of this question to conduct a deep on your personal journey of becoming antiracist. The second question is: how antiracist is your school or company? The goal of this question is to analyze the work your organization has conducted on its path to becoming truly antiracist.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to understand if their antiracist work personally or professionally is really a moment or a movement and craft out an action plan to continue on the antiracist path regardless of where they currently are in the process.

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Be An UPstander, Not A BYstander!

This keynote/breakout uses spoken word poetry and hip-hop to speak on the importance of how participants can create social change. Participants build their cultural self-confidence and respect for other cultural, religious and racial groups through critical analysis to understand the root causes of misconceptions that exist across different groups. It challenges cultural paradigms in an effort to create greater appreciation for differences. Participants emerge from this keynote/breakout empowered to not only make a change in their own lives but in their communities and throughout the globe.

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Elevating the Black Male

This keynote/breakout focuses on cultural competence as well as issues of black male achievement. Educators focus on strategies to decrease the educational gaps that exist in our current educational environment. Using long term data which indicate that young black males are under-represented in rigorous instruction, gifted and talented programs, honors/AP courses and International Baccalaureate programs and over-represented in discipline referrals and suspension/expulsion rates, this keynote/breakout examines the societal perceptions of young black males that perpetuate racial disparities in education.

Participants build their cultural competence to develop a learning environment that fosters academic success for young black males. The premise for the workshop is that if a teacher can gain the cultural competence requisite to reach her black male students, she develops the competencies needed to reach all of her students.

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S.E.E.D.S. Students Engaged on Every Day Success

The goal of the S.E.E.D.S. program is for students to have powerful and consistent engagement focused on overcoming obstacles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through regularly scheduled meetings via an online platform, students will work with Dr. Omekongo Dibinga. Specifically, they will:

  • Share their current challenges and triumphs during the COVID-19 crisis;
  • Engage in goal setting practices focused on college preparation, service projects, or social justice initiatives;
  • Use this space as a sounding board for real challenges they are experiencing today;
  • Create an action plan for an eventual return to school and beyond.

The duration of the program will be set by the schools to meet the needs of students.

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Finding Common Ground In Uncommon Times

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Your keynote presentation, FINDING COMMON GROUND IN UNCOMMON TIMES received rave reviews. MD SHRM can’t thank you enough for the meaningful and informative contribution that you made in making MD SHRM’s conference one of the BEST ever! Recognizing how we can shine in a polarized society was so refreshing and rewarding. The insight and tools you shared were priceless. For that, we all thank you!

Kimberly Wines

Chief Operating Officer

To all my Diversity & Inclusion, HR professionals and meeting planner contacts, do not miss the opportunity to put Dr. Omekongo Dibinga on the stage at your next event! I could not recommend him more highly!!

Marnie Herren

Meetings & Events Planner
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