Alexis Kanda-Olmstead is a lover of books, Beyoncé, and really sharp #2 pencils. An intellectual with a tender heart and a big laugh, Alexis engages audiences with her storytelling, well-researched perspectives, and humor.
Alexis leads talent management and employee engagement efforts at Dartmouth College and coordinates Amplify, a venture-funded women and gender initiative. She is a blogger whose writing has been featured on feminist and mommy blogs, as well as her personal website, AKO Collective.
Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a certificate in Organization Development from Colorado State University. She is a certified StrengthsFinder Educator and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner.
Alexis doesn’t have any hobbies per se, unless you count trying to save the world for women and girls.
The Talent Crisis
From stereotype threat to the Impostor Syndrome, people of color and women have been conditioned to doubt their competence and question their abilities. These forms of internalized oppression are causing a talent crisis within the minds of your employees and within your organization. What can you, as a leader, manager, and colleague, do to help? Explore the ways in which organizational culture is situated in our broader societal culture; analyze the personal impact of power, privilege, and oppression; and learn solutions that you can bring back to your organization.
Leadership Development as a Diversity Strategy
Are you leadership material? The answer depends in large part on your identities, in particular those related to gender and race. Biased models of leadership reinforce dynamics of power and oppression within our organizations, which is why we must make concerted efforts to develop leaders who do not fit the typical prototype. Explore the identity of a leader, learn what it takes for people from historically marginalized and minoritized identities to envision themselves as leaders, and take away practical tools that will help develop your own and others’ leadership capacity.
The Science of Women’s Leadership
Why are there so few women leaders? Weaving together scientific research and personal narrative,you will learn why women may be reluctant to take on leadership roles and what we – women and men – can do to disrupt the powerful internal forces that undermine women’s leadership aspirations and confidence.