Latonya Wilkins diversity and inclusion consultant

LaTonya Wilkins

SHE / HER / HERS

  • Author
  • Coach
  • Speaker
  • Workshop Facilitator

Founder of The Change Coaches and author of Leading Below the Surface, LaTonya Wilkins seeks to build cultures of belonging. She is an executive coach, diversity and inclusion consultant and keynote speaker. LaTonya gained industry recognition when she was featured on the peer-nominated list of most inclusive HR influencers in 2019.

GUIDING PRINCIPLE

To create real change in the workplace.

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Popular Talks

Leading Below the Surface

How Small Shifts in Your Leadership Will Lead to Big Shifts in Your Organization: The three prongs of below the surface leadership and how small leadership shifts can lead to big cultural shifts.

Coaching People Who Are Different from You / Coaching Below the Surface

Common mishaps and how to overcome them when leading and coaching people who are different from ourselves.

How to Be An Amazing Ally

The three levels of allyship, myths, and an actionable allyship model moving forward.

Embodying Belonging

How to Change Your Culture through REAL Leadership: Digging into REAL leadership and how to embody below the surface concepts so they show up in your daily actions.

Speaking, Workshops & Coaching

Workshops

Leading Below the Surface
How Small Shifts in Your Leadership Will Lead to Big Shifts in Your Organization: The three prongs of below the surface leadership and how small leadership shifts can lead to big cultural shifts.

Coaching People Who Are Different from You / Coaching Below the Surface
Common mishaps and how to overcome them when leading and coaching people who are different from ourselves.

How to Be An Amazing Ally
The three levels of allyship, myths, and an actionable allyship model moving forward.

Embodying Belonging
How to Change Your Culture through REAL Leadership: Digging into REAL leadership and how to embody below the surface concepts so they show up in your daily actions.

Coaching

We coach leaders who are the only ones at work. We also coach executive teams to create cultures of belonging.

“Thank you so much for partnering with IPRA for our speaker series. You took us into conversations that many people don’t know how to start. You made space to call out terms and trends that need to be improved upon and you educated the audience in a way that felt very safe. In doing so, you added so much credibility to the work we’re trying to do for our members at IPRA. We had nearly 500 people registered today and I know that the messages provided were heard, loud and clear.

“LaTonya is a very engaging presenter. While I was working at Backstop Solutions, we hired LaTonya to conduct a session on how to be an amazing ally during our Pride month celebration. She was absolutely fantastic and kept the energy going in the room through exercises, sharing facts/data, Q&A, and inspirational messages.”
– Andy Santos, Q-Centrix

“I met LaTonya at the UIC Business conference “Women Rising Together” on International Women’s Day. She delivered a keynote speech about “Three Steps to Your Ridiculous Rise.” LaTonya passionately encouraged us to trust ourselves and be who we are. I was very inspired by her. LaTonya was also very kind and patient answering all my questions after the conference. Her coaching immediately made me more courageous. I definitely recommend LaTonya as a career coach or keynote speaker.”
– Yuping Churrk, UIC Women’s Network

"Thank you for your leadership, your participation, and your voice. I greatly appreciate it. Well done today!"
— DEBBIE TRUEBLOOD

Founder of The Change Coaches, LaTonya Wilkins partners with executives, upwardly mobile professionals, and teams to build cultures of belonging as a coach and diversity and inclusion consultant.

She is a sought-after keynote speaker and has inspired audiences all over the world. She built her career working in HR, talent management and learning and development at Fortune 500 companies before teaching and taking on progressive leadership roles at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business.

LaTonya is currently the President of the TrueStar Youth Foundation board.

LaTonya developed her signature concept of Below the Surface Leadership, based on her own experience climbing the corporate ladder and researching across disciplines while constantly being the “only one” on her teams. This revolutionary approach to leadership is about creating psychologically safe relationships across differences, empowering underrepresented employees to feel valued, heard, and engaged, and creating cultures of belonging in the workplace.

LaTonya’s clients often describe her as approachable, non-judgmental, inspiring, creative, unique, and insightful. You may experience her the same way as you read Leading Below the Surface.

Let’s collaborate to ensure a transformative experience.