CEO shift7, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer (2014-2017)
- Diversity and Inclusion in Business
- Gender Equality
- Innovation and Technology
Audience & Industry
- Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
- Senior Management Groups
- The Professional Services Industry
- Women's Events
Anjali Kumar is a Brooklyn born, first generation Indian American author, attorney, advisor, speaker, and "idea acupuncturist." Kumar recently co-founded The Justice Dept, a women-led firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy development for female entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands in technology, consumer product, entertainment, and fashion. Prior to that, Kumar was the Founding Chief People Officer and Founding General Counsel at Cheddar, a news network start-up based in Manhattan, the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker and Senior Counsel at Google.
Kumar has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She has served as an advisor and board member to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund, IDEO.org, Women's World Banking, and AmDoc. In November 2017, she spoke at TEDWomen. Her "beautiful inspiring, and funny" talk, "My Failed Mission To Find God - And What I Found Instead," based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has been watched by over 3 million people around the world.
Anjali Kumar's Speech Topics
The Imperative for Diversity in the Work Place
In November 2017, Anjali Kumar gave a TED talk about her search for God and the meaning of life, and received a standing ovation. Since it went live in January 2018, her talk has been watched by well over 3 million viewers around the world. It has been translated into numerous languages, and rated as beautiful, inspiring, and funny. But the content of that talk is only a small fraction of what Kumar has to say about the value of an open mind, the importance of embracing extreme diversity, and the Eastern concept of anekāntavāda—non-absolutism.
Pulling from her personal experience as a nonwhite, female lawyer working in the white, male dominated tech industry—Google, Warby Parker, Cheddar—Kumar will step well beyond her TED talk and demonstrate how we can redirect the conversation about diversity and gender equality in the workplace by embracing the concept of non-absolutism.
Linking this Eastern concept with compelling data on diversity of race and gender from PEW Research, HBR, and MIT, she will expose just how systemic discrimination is, how misguided our thinking about diversity in the workplace is, and she will change how we perceive the value of all forms of diversity. In this inspiring, game changing talk, Kumar will help us to stop framing diversity in business from the standpoint of necessary window dressing, compliance, and optics—or even a moral obligation—and start thinking about it as an untapped and proven means to increase creativity, jumpstart innovation, and produce more stable, higher revenue generating companies that are better places for everyone to work.
Transform the Norm
Anjali Kumar works with all stages of businesses, focusing on early stage tech and consumer product companies with a social conscience, in order to transform the norm of how businesses work by helping them do well – and do good.
For Women, by Women: Entrepreneurs on the Rise
My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead | Anjali Kumar