Award-Winning Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist
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Bridging the gap between Gen Z and the corporate world with the diversity, equity, and inclusion standards of a new generation.
Nine days after his nineteenth birthday, Kahlil Greene was elected the first Black student body president in Yale's 318-year history.
Kahlil Greene is from Germantown, Maryland, a place consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in America. Yet, growing up, he witnessed the differences spurred by systemic inequity. His majority Black and Hispanic public middle school were nicknamed the “Prison on the Hill” because of crumbling facilities and poor educational quality. His majority white and Asian magnet high school was ranked the #1 high school in Maryland year after year. This stark contrast ignited Greene’s lifelong passion to advocate for equity.
As a sophomore in college, he served as the Yale College Council’s (YCC) Finance Director, repairing the YCC’s relationship with students and teachers after the exposure of the previous administration’s embezzlement of student tuition fees. At the end of his sophomore year, he successfully ran to lead the undergraduate student government body.
Four days after Greene’s election, a Yale police officer shot at an unarmed Black woman and her husband, igniting a week of intense protests on Yale’s campus. In response to the incident, Greene stayed true to his campaign promises to be direct in critiques of Yale’s administration and actively supportive of student-led movements and protests--a hallmark of his presidency.
Greene’s term was extended to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the end of his year and a half-long term, his administration’s successes included grassroots fundraising over $57,000 for racial justice organizations in one week, launching six affinity networks to increase racial, socioeconomic, and gender representation on the YCC, and creating the vote.yale.edu website to make information about voting and civic engagement extremely accessible for students.
Now, Greene is a Secretary John Kerry Fellow, a member of the prestigious Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, and a History of Social Change and Social Movements major. He has authored op-eds about education and racial equity in both the LA Times and Washington Post.
As a junior, Greene completed a summer internship with McKinsey and Company and later earned a Hall of Fame designation from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for his fundraising and support of the nonprofit.
Verified on Instagram with over 10,000 followers, Greene often engages in political discourse with social media influencers and users from all backgrounds.
Kahlil Greene on Becoming Yale University's First Black Student Body President
Kahlil Greene on the Topic of Honor
Kahlil Greene's Speech Topics
21st Century Leadership from a Leader Born in the 21st Century
There are countless presentations on adapting your leadership to the diverse, digital, and dynamic corporate environment conceived in this new millennium. But how many of these trainings have been led by someone who was actually born after 1999? Gen Z may be an enigma, but with the right teacher, you can learn to understand us. What you see as a short attention span is really a desire for fast-paced work. What you see as an obsession with social media is really an affinity for personal branding. What you see as political fervor is really a passion for social impact and civic engagement. In this talk/breakout, you will learn all of the essentials about Gen Z and how to attract young talent, market to young audiences, and lead young professionals.
Be the Change
If you had a deep concern with your workplace’s management, culture, or impact and had a great idea for improvement--would you voice this to your boss? If they shot the idea down, but you still believed in it, what would you do next? As the poet, Langston Hughes asked, “What happens to a dream deferred?”
In this talk/breakout, Greene will use successes from his time as student body president at Yale, an institution older than America itself, to illustrate how one individual can disturb the inertia of a workplace set in its ways by rallying coworkers and taking the action needed for a proposal to come to life. With his expertise studying the History of Social Change and Social Movements and as a member of Yale's prestigious Grand Strategy Program, he provides a framework for action-oriented change and leadership that worked for some of the most impactful figures in history. The same framework guided him as he pushed Yale to remove grades for the first time in its history, dedicate $100,000 to student-led environmental projects, permanently provide menstrual products in all residential buildings, and so much more during his tenure.
DEI in the New Decade
After the summer of 2020, the nation manifested a heightened awareness of the societal impact of corporations. Now, students across colleges and universities are collectively blacklisting, or “canceling”, certain companies for insufficient support of underrepresented and marginalized communities that exist both inside and outside of the organization. This causes firms to lose talent and public image, and because this happens through social media and informal networks, they don’t even know. In this keynote/breakout, Greene will discuss young people’s expectations for diversity, equity, and inclusion across institutions and how organizations can live up to the DEI standards of this new decade.
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