Authenticity in the Workplace:
Is it a Scam?

We are all told to “bring our authentic selves to work.” But what does that actually mean? And how do you navigate showing up authentically in an environment that might penalize that expression? 

Join us as we chat about whether this advice is a scam or not, and how you can cultivate a workplace culture that authentically celebrates diversity.

Meet Our Panelists

Cianna Walker-From

Cianna Carrillo Walker-Flom (she/her) is an equity and inclusion consultant who is driven by her passion for social justice, community organizing, equitable food access, and youth empowerment. Over the last 8 years, she’s partnered across sectors to develop sustainable
equity and inclusion strategies and programs. Cianna specializes in integrating DEI principles at the foundational level to develop equitable infrastructure that supports an inclusive and thriving organizational culture.

She’s supported a range of organizations as they navigate their DEI journeys including small, nature-based nonprofits to an autonomous vehicle startup. Outside of her work in DEI, Cianna can be found on a trail with her humans and dogs, at a local playground, or building community on Mvskoke land where she currently resides. She has a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University and an MA in International Sustainable Development from Escuela de Organización Industrial in Madrid, Spain.

Nate is a workplace culture champion and dedicated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional. He graduated from Northwestern University and currently works at Harry’s where he serves as Program Manager for their eight Employee Resource Groups, as well as managing their internship and mentorship programming. Prior to his corporate career, Nate was a professional actor based in Chicago, and believes in the value of storytelling to foster empathy and build authentic connection across differences.

nkem oghedo

Nkem Oghedo is the founder of Adá, a marketplace that helps companies celebrate diversity authentically with team events hosted by Black chefs. Previously, she worked in management consulting and served as the Chief of Staff of wellness startup, Care/of. Her professional mission is to create equitable economies in which Black communities thrive. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School