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Farah Bernier MBA’08

Keynote Speaker

Featured Keynote Speaker: Farah Bernier MBA‘08

As the keynote speaker, alumna Farah Bernier MBA'08 will bring to light the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Farah is an experienced corporate Talent Leader, currently working as an Executive Human Resources Business Partner for Google’s Global Professional Services Organization. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the integration of diversity and inclusion best practices into the business through partnership with Google’s leadership teams, evaluating and developing effective strategies for recruiting, developing, retaining, and advancing a diverse and representative workforce. Prior to this role, Farah consistently leveraged her expertise in the areas of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Sales, Marketing, Coaching, and Personal Branding to contribute to the talent management strategy of various Fortune 100 companies across multiple industries, ensuring alignment with business goals and objectives.

Farah has built a professional brand of distinguished credibility and expertise in developing talent management strategies that extend seamlessly into best practices.  Her recommendations have led to measurable impact tied to diversity and inclusion and enabling corporate cultures where all have the opportunity to succeed and leaders are supported to execute bottom-line, results-focused strategies through their best resources, their teams.

Farah is also the Founder & Principal Coach of Living Fabulously Fierce, a coaching company prioritizing partnership with individuals committed to living with A.I.M.—Authenticity, Intention, and Masterful Execution.  It is through her company that she reinforces the principles of personal brand building with her Bernier Brand Building model of Self-Discovery, Self-Definition, and Self-Distinction to position her clients to proactively lead lives that they are most proud of.  In her coaching capacity, she has been recognized for her work on branding, talent management, diversity and inclusion, her various speaking engagements, and her podcast of the same name.

Previous Keynote Speakers

2020

Theme: A Chance In the World for All
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2019

Theme: The Winding Road Toward Justice and Equality
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2018

Theme: Tearing Hatred from the Sky
Speaker: Bree Newsome

2017

Theme: History Under Assault
Speaker: Thomas Chatterton Williams

2016

Theme: Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race
Speaker: Michele Norris

2015

Theme: Resegregation in Post–Civil Rights America
Speaker: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

2014

Theme: Globalization in the Prison Industrial Complex
Speaker: Angela Davis

2013

Theme: Race and the Persistence of Social Inequality in Contemporary America
Speaker: Ta-Nehisi Coates

2012

Theme: The Quest for Equality: Empathy and Global Justice in a Divided World
Speaker: Rinku Sen

2011

Theme: Sustaining King’s Legacy: Social Justice through a Green Economy
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2010

Theme: American Culture and the Pursuit of Justice in a Global Society
Speaker: Patricia Williams

2009

Theme: The New Activism: Power, Global Citizenship, and the Path to Equality
Speaker: Kevin Powell

2008

Theme: Freedom and Self-Determination in the Global Era
Speaker: John Edgar Wideman

2007

Theme: Economic Disparity and Race: A Necessary Redress
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2006

Theme: 50 Years After Montgomery: Is the Dream Deferred, Diluted, or Fulfilled?
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2005

Theme: Micro-lending: Banker to the Poor
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2004

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