An inspirational leader and dynamic facilitator, La’Wana Harris is a Certified Diversity Executive, an ICF Certified Coach, and a global leadership development professional who has dedicated her career to aligning performance with business strategy. She has demonstrated success strategizing a range of corporate functions including global leadership and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, people leadership, and project management. In addition, as a community activist she has created diversity and inclusion awareness programs, built culture programs, and designed overall integrated management solutions.
A native of North Carolina, La’Wana earned a B.S. in biology from Greensboro College. Her industry experience since then has ranged from diversity and inclusion to global leadership development. La’Wana has received numerous industry and community awards. Most recently, La’Wana was recognized as one of 2018’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry by PharmaVOICE magazine. She also received the Women in Leadership award from the National Black MBA Association and was invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council as a contributor and thought leader.
Since becoming a certified professional coach, she has focused her practice on empowering people of color, and transformation for individuals, teams and organizations.
As a tireless community activist, she has spent the past twenty-six years facilitating civic engagement and collective action at community and non-profit organizations around the country, as an alumna of the Leadership Greensboro and the Other Voices program in Greensboro, North Carolina, to serving as a diversity ambassador at Johnson & Johnson and now as a Certified Diversity Executive.
La’Wana’s extensive community-based efforts extend to her current employment with the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, where she has served as a leader for their diversity employee resource group (ERG). Since 2008, she has implemented a range of activities and assessments at Sanofi to ensure successful diversity and inclusion within the company.
La’Wana and her husband have three adult children and one adorable grandson.
See La’Wana Harris Speak
Tuesday, May 7 | 11:00 am - 11:35 am
Inclusion Coaching™: Exploring the Radical Truth and Transformative Power that Lives Within Each of Us
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