Be The Change
When employees don't voice their concerns about a workplace’s management, culture, or trajectory, opportunities to improve and better an organization are lost. 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 and get the most out the people who drive it.
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. 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.
Gen-Z Historian Kahlil Greene reveals how companies can attract top young talent
Known for his powerhouse op-eds in The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, change-maker KAHLIL GREENE is at the forefront of conversations about how organizational equity are essential to attracting top young talent. After being elected as the first Black student body president in Yale’s 318-year history, where he was a Secretary John Kerry Fellow, Greene became a highly respected TikTok creator, boasting half a million followers and over 20M views of his content which deals with untold U.S. history and more. A gifted educator and engaging keynote speaker, Greene has been sought after to share his unique and inspiring perspective with groups like Facebook, National Student Council Conference, Aptive Resources, Syracuse University, Microsoft, among others.
Greene is a New York Times featured social media influencer who has appeared in Forbes, The New York Times, CNBC, and more, advising organizations on how to bridge the gap between Generation Z and their DEI strategy. Beyond making a business case for the profitability of inclusion, the Gen-Z Historian explains how DEI efforts are a key element in overall productivity and health of an organization. In his high-impact piece for Harvard Business Review, he offers clear and actionable advice to employers: “we want companies to take a stand.” Greene is no stranger to taking a stand, having raised over $57K for social justice organizations during his tenure as student body president, and now as an advisory board member for sparks & honey – a cultural intelligence consultancy – alongside renowned business leaders, like Indra Nooyi. For leaders and organizations looking to make progress, attract top young talent, and increase organizational wellbeing, Greene offers an unparalleled perspective that will resonate with audiences.
Kahlil Greene uses his unique leadership experiences and Gen-Z perspective to provide a youthful, forward-looking, and much-needed intervention to commonplace and antiquated DE&I strategies. He has authored op-eds about organizational equity in the LA Times and Washington Post; and his article “Dear CEO’s: A Gen Zer’s Open Letter to His Future Employers” was published in the Harvard Business Review. As a junior in college, 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.
Prior to this, Kahlil Greene was elected the first Black student body president in Yale's 318-year history. At the end of his year and a half-long term--which lasted through the COVID-19 pandemic--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 Council; and kickstarting a walk-in mental health counseling program for students. 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.
Today, Greene is also a New York Times featured social media influencer who is verified on Instagram and has over 440k followers and 12mm views on TikTok. Both Instagram and Facebook, Inc. have collaborated with and sponsored Greene’s work directly. He often engages in political discourse with social media influencers and users from all backgrounds, and now uses his influence to generate awareness around social issues as they arise in real-time.