Certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace and a survivor of toxic work environments, Dr. Carey Yazeed uses her voice to educate, inspire and motivate executives in the banking and finance industry to develop purpose-driven companies through corporate social responsibility diversity. As a keynote speaker, she has engaged standing-room-only audiences on topics ranging from bias in the workspace to how diverse women can utilize their superpowers in toxic environments. 

Dr. Yazeed has dedicated her career to social issues, starting with her years as a clinical social worker providing services to impoverished communities in South Louisiana. She branched out into academia and was awarded Professor of the Year by the College of Science faculty and the Faculty That Rocks award by the Association of Women Students at Southern University for work that ultimately became the focus of her dissertation: Life After Death: The Revitalization of Social Work Education Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Through Decolonization.

In addition to being the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at CU Strategic Planning, she’s in demand as a speaker on organizational justice and the intersection of gender bias in the workplace. Never one to take no for a final answer, she has self-published seven books, including the Amazon bestsellers Shut’em Down: Black Women, Racism and Corporate America and Everyday Struggle: How Toxic Workspaces Impact Black Women. 

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the mother of two young adult sons, Dr. Yazeed is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University, a Master of Social Work from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern University.

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