INSIGHT | INTENTION | INTEGRITY
Published in Harvard Business Review
Feelings of inclusion, connection, and trust with colleagues and managers are harder to come by for Black women due to the historical and sociocultural context of the U.S. workplace, and more broadly, our country. My co-author and I show that Black women require differentiated solutions to feel psychologically safe at work and offer strategies for how to do it.
My professional passion is to help create environments where people feel truly seen and are inspired to be their best, most authentic, and innovative selves.
I believe that healthy human connections are the foundation for more joyful and meaningful work. I bring this belief to life as a purpose-driven leader with over 15 years of experience in:
Powerful, mission-led branding & communications
Extensive employee training & development
High-impact DEI strategy & execution
In addition to my independent consultancy, I've co-founded and launched Liberation Labs with my friend and collaborator, Michael Gregor. We design and deliver equitable and joyful experiences for visionary organizations.
I'm also a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)®, an active mental health advocate, love to cook, and have a background in (and lifelong love affair with!) the arts & fashion.
Perspective and Experience You Can Trust
Strategic Communications +
Today's world of work demands that our communications and strategies are robust, candid, and cohesive—both internally and externally. Learn to boldly tell your story while balancing both accountability and optimism.
Education + Engagement
Speaking + Advocacy Work
Helping diverse leadership styles emerge and flourish through thoughtful education and engagement experiences including onboarding, meeting culture, teambuilding, ERG support, and foundational DEI sessions.
From panels to action-inspiring keynotes, leverage a funny and engaging first-person lens on employee engagement, workplace diversity, leading with humility, mental health activism, and more.
START HAVING THE CONVERSATIONS
THAT MATTER MOST.
Alexis Acciani | Sr. Manager of National Community Engagement, Reading Partners
"Working with Viva is a privilege and a joy. She is an active listener who attunes herself to an organization's needs and then identifies where she can plug to provide maximum support and impact. She provides thoughtful, clear, and actionable, expert feedback in a collaborative and engaging manner. Her work cannot be understated; she is a change agent and her work fosters individual and organizational reflection."