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Iyabo Onipede

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"This is the work my soul must have.” ~
Alice Walker

Iyabo Onipede

Pronouced "Eee-Yah-Boh"

Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Consultant

“Hope is my work. Compassion is my method. Liberation for all and Justice in community are the outcome.”

Here is my story...

I love my work as a facilitator, keynote speaker, and consultant for organizations that are ready to eliminate racism, dismantle oppressive systems and grow equitable cultures.

As a liberation educator, my customized, high touch workshops allow for deep dives into the heart of race, inclusion culture, equity and racial justice. I consider myself a community builder with seasoned experience as an equity consultant. It is an art to create a culture of belonging and I am naturally and professionally gifted in this area.

Intention versus impact

Along the way, I have met too many people that just did not know how to navigate race and culture in their organizations. They were well intentioned and wanted to do the right thing but were scared. I created The CARA Model™, an integrative liberation framework that moves learners through an exploration of Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppression intentions into an activation of the capacity to become Liberation Practitioners. This trauma-informed individual identity work opens pathways forward for organizational communities to build just and equitable environments by:

You see, I understand

This business of crossing racial boundaries as identity work. I went through it myself.

Growing up in Nigeria, I identified as biracial as I was fully in touch with my loving Irish American mother’s influence while growing up in my father’s indigenous Yoruba culture. In addition, I come from a long lineage of activists and culture changers. I easily flow between speaking Yoruba among my folks from home and engaging in the ivory towers of academia.

When I came to America, as a teenager, that is when I discovered that I was “Black.” I came lured by the promise of “the White American Dream” - education, hard work, intellectual respect and a life of safety and security. After pursuing an amazing education and working for a while, I came to realize that I was not included in the “American Dream” and became fully aware of my “Black reality in America.” 'Nuf said!

I use my unique background, education, racial experiences, and cultural insight to help my co-learners understand and dismantle the role of white body supremacy in cultural and institutional systems rooted in white dominant supremacy. Learners can then determine new possibilities as they embrace their personal and collective liberation. My pastoral care and ethics training in seminary continue to inform all my work as a community builder in pursuit of racial justice for all.

I am a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach (EQi 2.0). I graduated from Goucher College (B.A.), Georgetown University Law School (J.D.) and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.). I call myself a "recovering attorney" and I also serve as the Co-Director of a nonprofit organization, Compassionate Atlanta, where I have so much fun loving on my community and where I am the most comfortable in my own skin.

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