Elise Ahenkorah

Elise Ahenkorah

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Calgary, Alberta

Award Winning DE&I Strategist | Inclusive Leadership & Employee Experience Expert

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ELISE AHENKORAH BIOGRAPHY

Elise Ahenkorah is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategist and speaker.

As the Inclusion Strategist, Elise Ahenkorah uses data-driven strategies to show how an inclusive workplace increases the bottom line and employee satisfaction. With the inclusion FACTOR, Elise translates a company’s vision into measurable and practical DE&I tactics aligned with business and talent retention outcomes.

She is educated in Law & Justice, International Relations, and Change Management and is completing her MBA in Strategy. She is also an alumnus of Cornell University’s coveted diversity and inclusion strategic planning program.

Most recently, Elise Ahenkorah has become a certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®) Qualified Administrator and has her PROSCI Change Management Practitioner and Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designations.

With over 50 clients across the globe, some of her clients include Bayer Canada, Innovative Medicines Canada, the University of Toronto, the World Bank, IBM, Saje Natural Wellness, CBC Canada, Calgary International Airport Authority, Hootsuite, Holt Renfrew, Waste Management, the City of Toronto, the Law Society of Ontario, and the United Nations of Canada – to name a few.

In her 15-year career, Elise Ahenkorah has covered diverse grounds in progressively senior roles in communications, marketing, stakeholder engagement risk mitigation, change management, strategic planning, and DE&I for public and private sector organizations.

Elise’s innovative DE&I strategies and community contributions have been recognized by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), Calgary Chamber of Commerce, City of Calgary’s Mayor Awards, Avenue Magazine, the Peak Top 40, and L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth Canada due to inclusion FACTOR’s impact and reach.

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Articles & Media

“Safe and Brave Spaces Don’t Work (and What You Can Do Instead)”

Medium

When engaging individuals from racialized or equity-deserving communities, organizations will often share promises of “safe and brave” spaces to encourage inclusive discussion, and for allies to learn from experiences different from their own.
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The Full Script: Elise Konadu Ahenkorah, founder of inclusion FACTOR

HRD

Elise Konadu Ahenkorah, founder of inclusion FACTOR, is an award-winning global people and culture specialist, a sought-after keynote speaker and was named as a Top 40 Under 40. HRD sat down with Ahenkorah to discuss the current state of DEI practices in organizations and offer up some advice for employers wanting to instigate real change.
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Small Business Award spotlight: inclusion FACTOR

CALGARY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The next Small Business Award in our spotlight series goes to inclusion FACTOR, an organization spearheaded by Elise Ahenkorah. She works with companies across North America to build inclusive spaces for workers and employers through measurable diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.
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Elise Ahenkorah Topic Presentations

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Testimonials

YMCA Calgary is on a mission to become a place where everyone feels like they belong. Along our journey, we’ve had the privilege of working with Elise Ahenkorah through both Sr Leadership & Board-level activities. Elise is the epitome of professionalism and through her deep knowledge & experience, has led us through transformative discussions and reflection. She guides, listens, and challenges in all the best ways. Elise is also a skilled strategist, having helped us both assess and plan a number of activities related to our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Most recently, Elise Ahenkorah delivered a workshop for our Board of Directors to further embed...

Shannon Doram, ICD.D.

President and CEO
YMCA Calgary

Pride at Work Canada has welcomed Elise Ahenkorah as a speaker and presenter several times. We are consistently impressed by her ability to explain and unpack complicated concepts, such as intersectionality and systems of power/oppression, in terms that everyone can understand. She uses humor and storytelling to take her audience on a journey of discovery and she provides practical tools in order for them to apply their new knowledge right away. Her wealth of experience consulting on a range of topics across many of Canada’s key industries shines through in all of her work.

Colin Druhan

Executive Director
Pride at Work Canada

I cannot say enough about Elise Ahenkorah and Inclusion Factor. Her expertise and passion for excellence enabled our organization to build out our DEI implementation plan in a manner that was thoughtful, clear and with purpose. Elise is a true professional and took the time to share her knowledge and teach us (thank you for your patience Elise!!). On top of being a talented DEI practitioner, Elise is kind, thoughtful and caring. This is the powerful combination that is nothing short of inspiring. Truly thankful to work with Elise.

Janine Pajot CDI.D GCB.D.

CHRO Bayer Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada invited Elise Ahenkorah to speak at a panel event about Gender Parity. I think I can speak for all of our staff in saying we are in unanimous agreement that Elise is an incredibly knowledgable and captivating speaker. She is incredibly insightful and possesses the ability to break down difficult concepts into simple understandings; especially for folks who do not work in the DEI world. Elise not only provided knowledge on this topic, but she also provided us with key strategies and actionable items on how CBC/RC can move beyond parity to achieve equity for all women and non-binary folks. Thank you Elise for the important work you do! We would gladly have her back and I...

Justine K.

DEI Manager
CBC/Radio-Canada

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