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Aiko Bethea

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5 out of 5

Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting; Anti-Racism, Diversity & Inclusion Educator & Consultant

Aiko Bethea

Speaker RatingSpeaker RatingSpeaker RatingSpeaker RatingSpeaker Rating
5 out of 5

Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting; Anti-Racism, Diversity & Inclusion Educator & Consultant

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Atlanta, GA, USA
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Aiko Bethea Biography

Aiko Bethea is a builder, learner, and thought partner. She thrives while working in new spaces, creating novel frameworks. As a thought partner and learner, she enjoys working in partnership alongside her collaborators on a journey towards creating new understandings, learnings, and creative processes.

For Bethea, working in the community has been a way to serve her internal values. She began her career as a grassroots community organizer working in underserved areas similar to the neighborhoods where she was raised. The next natural step in her pursuit of justice was the law. Bethea gained experience as a litigator and then as an attorney for the City of Atlanta. She served on the Government Counsel team, led by Stacy Abrams. As part of Shirley Franklin’s administration, she led the Legislative Counsel legal team, then served as the compliance director for the city where she oversaw federal, state, and local grants.

Bethea was then recruited by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served for over 7 years as Deputy Director of a compliance team, Grants & Contracts Management. During her tenure, she created the first employee resource groups and led some of the first organization-wide conversations about race, not as part of her job description, but as part of living the core values that she demonstrates in her life and work. Knowing that a critical amount of the foundations’ resources impact black and brown communities, Bethea saw the need to create a space in the void and develop the discourse around issues of race within the organization. This was particularly important to Bethea as this was in 2016, a time of rising public reports of police brutality in the Black community.

Due to a need to remain aligned with her values and anchor into her passion, she made the decision to dive into equity work full-time. She’s consulted for various companies and organizations across the country, including Bristol Myers Squibb, Intuit, Wieden + Kennedy, City of Seattle, PATH, Satterberg Foundation, Starbucks, Theatres for Young Audiences, Uber, and Gap. As a trusted and credible thought partner, Bethea created and implemented the first organization-wide DEI strategy and developed the first diversity and inclusion department at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

Currently, Bethea leads diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for the Brené Brown Education and Research Group. She serves as Sr. Director for Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned and led consulting firm. Bethea is also a faculty member of Hudson Institute of Coaching.

Aiko Bethea Speaking Topics

  • Transactional vs Transformational DEO

  • So, You Say You Wanna Be An Ally

  • Surviving and Thriving as "The Only"

Aiko Bethea Videos

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Aiko Bethea is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Transactional vs Transformational DEO, So, You Say You Wanna Be An Ally and Surviving and Thriving as "The Only". The estimated speaking fee range to book Aiko Bethea for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Aiko Bethea generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carin Taylor, Cassandra Worthy, Katrina Jones, Ijeoma Oluo and Erica Dhawan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Aiko Bethea for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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