Meet the Olivia Pope of Diversity for Fortune 500 Companies
Akilah Cadet is working to dismantle White supremacy one corporation at a time
Akilah Cadet, who has proudly dubbed herself “the Olivia Pope of diversity,” has been in high demand after a summer of reckoning for many companies that realize now is a great time to ensure they have strategies in place to create a more diverse environment and support their BIPOC employees. Cadet, through her company Change Cadet, sees her work — dismantling White supremacy for Fortune 500 companies, global brands, and nonprofits — as a tall but necessary task that helps companies take a proactive versus reactive approach.
“Due to the murder of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police officers, many people are reflecting on how they can do better,” Cadet explains in an interview with the Bold Italic. “These people often work at companies and realize the privilege a company or brand has to no longer add to systemic and institutional racism and oppression.”