La’Wana Harris, CDE, ACC, Harris is a Certified Diversity Executive, an ICF Credentialed Coach, and a global leadership development professional who has over 20 years experience in large multinational pharmaceutical companies. Her most recent book, Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias, introduces an “inside out” approach for diversity, equity, and inclusion, (DEI) and is the foundation of her coaching paradigm. La'Wana is contributing to the coaching industry with this body of work merging DEI, leadership development and professional coaching spaces. She developed a coach training program designed to equip coaches and leaders that are pursuing their development to become Certified Inclusion Coaches.
La'Wana has demonstrated success strategizing a range of corporate functions including global leadership and organizational development, diversity and inclusion and people leadership. In addition, La'Wana is an affiliated faculty member in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Industry experience includes global leadership development, facilitation, diversity and inclusion, people leadership, project management and nursing. She received her B.S. Biology from Greensboro College.
Sought After for her Creativity & Passion
With inspiring passion and courage, La'Wana Harris is committed to calling forth the power and strength in others.
Driven by her firm belief in honoring and speaking one's truth,
La'Wana is a dynamic facilitator gifted in creating meaningful conversations.
La’Wana is the author of two children’s books series featuring her grandson, Jaden Israel, as the main character. She created the series to increase the amount of books featuring children of color.
Her other Children's book, Marjorie and The Mango Tree, was inspired from La'Wana's mission work with the children of Haiti.
You Are Still Good is a Novella that shares her testimony of faith and prayer during tragedy.
Her latest book, Diversity Beyond Lip Service, seeks to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace.
Active in numerous community and nonprofit organizations, La’Wana is a passionate activist with 26 years’ experience in facilitating civic engagement and collective action. Most recently her work has focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership development, reducing healthcare disparities, socioeconomics, and community revitalization.
La'Wana is a missionary to Haiti. She has conducted numerous missions’ trips to Haiti focusing on providing mobile medical clinics, building orphanages, children's ministry, evangelism and public health education. Her missions’ work is also demonstrated domestically through community revitalization and social justice projects.
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