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Zahra is an impressively skilled diversity, equity, inclusion consultant with expertise in religious diversity and Islam. She has trained tens of thousands of corporate leaders—including those from Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and Disney— on how to engage diverse Muslim employees and customers, which is increasingly important in today’s business world. Zahra’s focus on cultural competence and on ROI for her investors and clients is vital for them to remain competitive.

James T. Hackett
President, Tessellation Services \n Former Chairman/CEO/President, four Fortune 500s (Anadarko Petroleum, Fluor, Enterprise Product Partners, National Oilwell Varco) \n Former Chairman, Dallas Federal Reserve
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In a world that lacks knowledge and tolerance around religious diversity, this topic remains in the closet just like race, gender and sexual orientation had for decades. To build a leading organization, you need a solid foundation. That foundation is a diverse and highly qualified workforce that appreciates all differences, including religious diversity. I don’t know a better expert than Dr. Jamal who can help bring to life these differences as an organizational strength.

Amin Maredia
Founder, Meaningful Partners \n Former CEO, Sprouts Farmers Market (Nasdaq: SFM)
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Zahra is a thought leader and strategic consultant who sees the big picture. She translates data, complex ideas, and cultural insights into plain English and actionable, measurable goals. [Her] transformative impacts led international leaders to seek Zahra’s advice and services.

Zahir Ladhani
CEO & Co-Founder, Velocity Consulting \n Former President, Kenexa \n Former VP, IBM

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What I Do

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Health Lawyer

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Consulting

I work with you to strategize meaningful, systemic change using tailored DEI solutions that honor your company culture, unique needs, workplace and marketplace data.
 
 

Training

Through customized trainings, I help you integrate DEI insights into workplace practices and policies, and teach you the tools needed to drive individual and systemic change.
 

Speaking

Take a deep dive into evolving DEI trends, best practices, and tools you can use to build a culture of respect for differences so everyone belongs and thrives. I do talks on Islam, on Leadership, and on Workplace Diversity.

About Me

Harvard Professor Gets You The Best Results

Dr. Zahra Jamal is Founder and CEO of The Inclusion Expert, a minority woman-owned diversity consultancy supporting religious, racial, and gender diversity, with expertise in Muslim diversity. She is also Associate Director of Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. Previously, she was an award-winning faculty member at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Chicago.

 For 20+ years, Zahra has helped Fortune 1000 companies, federal governments, and nonprofitsorganizations to better understand and engage diverse stakeholders, build belonging, and maximize business and ESG outcomes. Past clients include Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Siemens, Disney, the United Nations, G-20 Interfaith Forum, and others in North America, Central Asia, and the Middle East. 

 Zahra has appeared on CBS, BBC World News, and Australian Broadcast Corporation. She has published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, and I Speak for Myself, an anthology praised by Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Her Majesty Queen Noor, and Deepak Chopra. Dr. Jamal received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard and is a Certified Diversity Professional.

DR. ZAHRA JAMAL

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Consultant

RELIGION & BELIEF

The Next Diversity Imperative

Leading Fortune 100s

Foster religious inclusion via DEI, CSR & ESG efforts. Studies say this raises revenues, reputation, retention, inclusion & innovation.

$116 Trillion

Is the estimated buying power (GDP in PPP) of the faithful globally as of 2020. That’s 3.5x more purchasing power than the unaffiliated.

Millennial & Gen Z Talent in the US

Are religiously diverse, value religion, view it as part of DEI & want to engage it at work.

Emerging Markets

Are religiously diverse. By 2050, the top world economies won't be Christian, Western, or secular.

75% of Americans follows a faith

So does 85% of the world. The world’s faithful are projected to grow 23x larger than the unaffiliated by 2050.

80% of Hate Crimes

Target religious & racial groups in the US and globally.

33% of US Workers

Report experiencing or witnessing religious bias at work.

250% Rise in EEOC Religious Discrimination Charges

After 9/11. Claims “increased significantly” through 2019. Excluding religion at work correlates with increased discrimination & reduced revenues, retention, reputation.

Why Choose Us

I Help You & Your Business Thrive

Want a happy work family? Create a culture where all diversity is respected.

Client-Focused Solutions

Client-Focused Solutions

Working with you to customize DEI solutions that meet your needs, goals, values, and company culture.

Expertise & Experience

Expertise & Experience

Leveraging 20+ years of global experience consulting collaboratively with organizations to enhance their outcomes.

Proven Results

Proven Results

Over 5 years, I trained 70,000 corporate & civic leaders personally, and another 1 million via train-the-trainer. 98% of clients re-engage our services.

Proven Results

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Your search for success and justice on your diversity journey is over. Choose the best. Choose us.

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Services

Consulting

I work with you to strategize meaningful, systemic change using tailored DEI solutions that honor your company culture, unique needs, workplace and marketplace data.

Training

Through customized trainings, I help you integrate DEI insights into workplace practices and policies, and teach you the tools needed to drive individual and systemic change.

Speaking

Take a deep dive into evolving DEI trends, best practices, and tools you can use to build a culture of respect for differences so everyone belongs and thrives. I do talks on Islam, on Leadership, and on Workplace Diversity.

Success Stories

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US Rep. Carson Discusses Balancing Religious and Civil Liberties with National Security

By Jeff Falk, Rice University News U.S. Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), left, the second Muslim to be elected...

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By Leah Kinthaert In the recent article “Diversity and inclusion offer visibility for the underrepresented in Life Sciences” Edie...

Boniuk Institute’s Jamal Gives International Women’s Day Keynote

By Jeff Falk, Rice University News Zahra Jamal ’00, the associate director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance,...

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Business: Banking & Finance

Consulting, Training, Speaking

Nonprofit: Healthcare

Consulting, Training, Speaking

Goverment: Federal Executive Branch