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Omekongo  Dibinga

Omekongo Dibinga

Passionate International Speaker on Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor, Author, Rapper, and all-around UPstander, never a BYstander!

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Traveling from:
District of Columbia
Finding Common Ground In Uncommon Times
ABC Interview: Come Back From A Set Back!
Encouraging Courageous Conversations

Omekongo Dibinga

Passionate International Speaker on Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor, Author, Rapper, and all-around UPstander, never a BYstander!

In-Person Fee Range:
$20,001 - $30,000
Traveling from:
District of Columbia

Why Book

  • His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large.
  • He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to corporate, government, and educational organizations across the country on issues centered on leadership, antiracism, diversity, and inclusion.
  • He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.

Biography

“Why settle for outstanding when you can be UPstanding?” Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. A John Maxwell Team “Top 30 speaker”, he is an international speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center.

His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of America in millions of homes in over 150 countries.

He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to corporate, government, and educational organizations across the country on issues centered on leadership, antiracism, diversity, and inclusion. Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Yassine Bey. He has shared the stage with Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers.

Internationally, he has shared his work in nearly 30 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and JAY-Z. A book based on the dissertation is in the works. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” Across the country he has worked with school districts on culturally relevant instruction including Washington DC, Texas, New York, Ohio, Florida, Massachusetts, and California. He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University.

He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions. Omékongo he has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ HipHop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, JAY-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others.

His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over 750,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 8-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life has received praise from great motivational speakers such as Les Brown and Willie Jolley. His most recent book The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life is a life balance book for students.

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Programs

Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times

The purpose of this keynote/breakout is for participants to explore what unites them as opposed to what divides them. We live in a society that is becoming increasingly polarized but even in our darkest moments, there are areas where we can all shine. Participants will learn how to have difficult conversations, how to challenge implicit biases, and how to build a community where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated!

The Corporate - Customer Confidence GAP

Why are potential customers not buying your product, especially if you know it is a superior product? It could come down to an issue of trust. The goal of this keynote/breakout is to explore the reasons why your company may not be the preferred brand for a targeted customer group and create strategies to counter that challenge. If you believe that you have a superior product to offer and it’s not moving the way you prefer, the issue is possibly not the product. The issue could be the narrative created by customers about your company. Change the narrative, change the results!

Leveraging Diversity: Creating Culturally Competent Work Environments

This keynote explores the importance of achieving true respect for cultural diversity in a school or corporation. Participants will probe deeply into the meaning of cultural biases and use that understanding as a springboard to developing an ongoing dialogue on the importance of diversity. By acknowledging their truths as it relates to experiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and more, participants will feel empowered to carry the dialogue back to their colleagues and beyond.

G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness!

This intense presentation allows participants to tap into their inner potential in order for them to live their dreams. The four points of the G.R.O.W. acronym: Give, Receive, Overcome and Win for the basis of moving from a life of mediocrity to a life of greatness!

Be an UPstander, Not a Bystander!

This keynote highlights the ability youth have to create change in their own lives and the lives of others. Participants build their cultural selfconfidence and respect for other cultural, religious, and racial groups through critical analysis of culture through the spoken word and positive hip-hop. This leads participants to understand the root causes of misconceptions that exist across different groups. It challenges cultural paradigms in an effort to create greater appreciation for differences. Students emerge from this high energy presentation empowered to not only make a change in their own lives but in their communities and throughout the globe.

Omekongo Dibinga Reviews

“To all my Diversity & Inclusion, HR professionals and meeting planner contacts, do not miss the opportunity to put Dr. Omekongo Dibinga on the stage at your next event! I could not recommend him more highly!!”

— Event Power

“Your keynote presentation, FINDING COMMON GROUND IN UNCOMMON TIMES received rave reviews. MD SHRM can’t thank you enough for the meaningful and informative contribution that you made in making MD SHRM’s conference one of the BEST ever! Recognizing how we can shine in a polarized society was so refreshing and rewarding. The insight and tools you shared were priceless. For that, we all thank you!”

— COO - SHRM, SEK

“One student commented, “This speaker was unbelievable. His message of how to get accurate, unbiased opinion on current events is a huge benefit to any leader that wants to have an informed opinion. It is important for any leader to have an informed opinion if they want to lead knowledgeably.” When students were given the opportunity to share about the component of the conference that was most memorable, a significant number of them wrote about their leadership workshop. Thank you again for facilitating such a memorable experience for our students and for your continued support of our program.”

— Project Coordinator, National Young Leaders Conference

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