Sharon Smith-Akinsanya is CEO of Rae Mackenzie GroupTM, an award-winning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) marketing firm. With over 20 years of experience in the DE&I space, Sharon has presented to and consulted with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and top employers including U.S. Bank, Best Buy, Midco, Andersen Windows & Doors, Thrivent, Make-A- Wish® America, and more providing corporations with insight on how to prioritize cultural connectivity as part of their retention strategy.
Sharon recently launched People Of Color CareersTM Social Hiring Network , for Professionals of Color to connect with top employers and land their dream careers. PeopleOfColorCareers.com is the only social hiring network working directly with CEOs and C-suite executives to bring real change. It’s the only platform that guarantees that a recruiter or hiring manager will respond to you for free.
In her signature candid but accessible style, Sharon busts down workplace obstacles, addresses the fears that keep many leaders stuck in silence, and shares a proven path to transforming and preparing organizations to be COLORFULL. Her highly anticipated forthcoming book, COLORFULL: Competitive Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent of Color is loaded with insights from leaders committed to breaking the cycle.
COLORFULL offers simple steps for creating change from the top down, helping leaders to overcome their concerns about doing or saying the wrong thing, and demonstrating first-hand accounts of why it’s so important to Lead Out Loud. COLORFULL is the easy-to-digest DEI marketing playbook leaders have been waiting for. Sharon’s book is currently in bookstores and on sale on Amazon.