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Dima Ghawi

Developing Leaders To Meet The Demands Of the Global Workforce And Helping Organizations Engage Diverse Teams

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Fee Range: 5000-9999, 10000-19999
  • International Keynote speaker
  • Award Winning author of Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations and Daring to Thrive
  • 20+ Years of corporate experience leading diverse teams at Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Merril Lynch

Dima is Middle-Eastern in her genes and a global citizen in her spirit. Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, she ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the world, empowering them to shatter limitations and become daring, purpose driven leaders.

Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce, and helps organizations to increase diversity within their leadership ranks.

She is a three-time TEDx speaker and an international best selling author of her memoir, Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive. Lauded by readers for her vivid, effortless story-telling and courageous attitude, Dima harnesses the power of her journey of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose in order to inspire others to become change agents in their own lives.

She has been recognized for her work with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2019 Baton Rouge Influential Women in Business award and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.

Dare to Thrive

Inspired by her TEDx Talk, Dima uses her personal story of transformation as a powerful teaching tool to encourage women to face and conquer their internal limitations. This keynote recounts the struggles and triumphs of her personal journey with vulnerability and insight that will resonate with each audience member and spark a guiding light for their individual journey of self-discovery and leadership growth. By addressing internal limitations, such as the fear of failure, worries about being judged, and the pursuit of perfection, Dima dares each individual to look deeper into their own internal limitations and equips them with the tools and inspiration it takes to shatter those limitations and emerge as empowered leaders.

Elevating Employee Engagement

In this workshop, Dima helps participants discover the pivotal role of employee engagement and provides powerful methods for promoting employees’ purpose, ownership, and self-leadership. The content places an emphasis on fostering a happy and lucrative work environment for employees, connecting them with their strengths and career aspirations. Dima teaches the participants methods for creating a more positive company culture that results in lower employee turnover, improved quality of work, improved overall morale, and a positive influence on the company’s bottom line.

How to Future-Proof Your Company: Engaging Gen Y to Z (tm)

In this keynote, Dima shares lessons derived from her experience globally training, developing, and engaging over 500 millennials for Fortune 100 companies. She explores the keys to unlocking the millennial mind in order to better engage them in the workplace, give them the purpose they crave in their work, and inspire them to overachieve. Dima guides the audience members through a shift in perception that is essential in order to prepare companies for Gen Z. By bridging the disconnect between generations, companies will be able to harness the creative and innovative talents of their employees while keeping them dedicated to the company’s mission.

Diversity and Inclusion: Worth More Than Gold

There is compelling research that diversity increases the competitive advantage of companies, enhances creativity, and elevates employee engagement. Despite this, there is still resistance to workplace diversity. Through engaging personal narratives, Dima shares the many different types of diversity beyond race and gender, and covers its proven benefits. She provides the audience with tools to enable them to increase diversity in their teams and focus on attracting, engaging, and retaining diverse talent. The audience gains new understanding of managing resistance, tracking progress, and creating a climate that celebrates diversity in their company.

Elevate Your Professional Brand

Brands have the power to influence people’s perception, and by understanding your personal and company’s brands, you have the power to strengthen the perception of your uniqueness and value.
In this presentation, through humorous stories, provoking messages, and engaging activates, Dima shares with her audience three elements of professional branding by looking:

• Inward: understanding the strengths that you have to offer

• Outward: projecting a positive external and online presence

• Onward: using your internal and external brand to reach your goals

These elements inspire the audience to become intentional in projecting a professional image and owning their unique brands, which will propel them forward towards their goals and empowers them to expand their potential.

Taking your Career to the Next Level: 5 Keys to Professional Development

Talented individuals at every stage in their career can often feel stagnant and underprepared for advancement. In this presentation, Dima provides a roadmap that includes five essential topics that are critical for professional growth. Attendees leave with individual action plans that address each one of the five topics, in addition to feeling challenged to pursue goals out of their comfort zone and inspired to continue to advance.

Dima’s roadmap has been proven successful with clients she coaches and trains globally, and is sure to foster the professional growth of each attendee once implemented.

Engaging Virtual Teams

Focus: The absence of a traditional workplace presents unique challenges that call for a more conscious leadership style in order to effectively engage employees in the digital workplace.

Description: Many businesses are shifting to virtual workplaces to employ the right talent regardless of location, improve productivity, and cut cost. Dima’s interactive presentation teaches the audience how to effectively engage a virtual team with one key to virtual leadership: CONNECTION. She breaks down how to establish and maintain intentional and genuine connection in virtual spaces in three major ways: connecting the team with the manager; connecting the team with each other, and connecting the team with the company’s mission. This presentation empowers the audience to improve their virtual team’s communication, moral, and performance.

Bridging the Gap and Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Focus: The low percentage of women in senior leadership roles.


• Discuss methods to effectively thrive in business by harnessing unique qualities

• Share leadership qualities that are critical for professional advancement in business and beyond

• Work with participants to identify self-induced limitations, and inspire them to take action and advance


• Self-aware and conscientious women leaders with an increased sense of confidence

• More women equipped with the skills and mindset to advance in leadership

• Increased gender diversity in senior leadership roles to positively contribute to the organization’s bottom line

Delivering Executive Presentations

Focus: Missed business opportunities due to messages not being presented effectively

Leading Across Time Zones and Diverse Cultures

Focus: Missed business opportunities due to the lack of global business understanding.


• Explore tactics to communicate effectively across cultures, to enhance trust, and to build relationships

• Discuss the social cues necessary to operate in global work environments

• Highlight the values and motivators across cultures


• Sense of inclusion and appreciation amongst employees, increasing overall employee engagement, morale, and productivity

• Enhanced cultural understanding and effective communication to build trust and relationships

• Increased curiosity and appreciation of diverse cultures

• Enhanced creativity, innovation, and productivity

Creating a Harassment-Free Workplace

The harsh truth of sexual harassment in the workplace has prevented many individuals from thriving in their careers and has resulted in high risk for employers. Costly lawsuits, loss of qualified talent, and damage to organizations’ brand image cost companies that allow harassment billions a year.

In this two-part workshop, Dima provides effective methods for addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Part I of the workshop includes insight for leaders on how to identify sexual harassment, three tips for addressing it, and three methods for preventing it. Part II includes tools for creating a culture of inclusion that prevents harassment from occurring and empowers employees to feel safe coming forward with concerns.

Not only does a harassment-free workplace improve business performance, it ensures that no one will have to endure the pain and shame of being harassed or violated by a colleague. Attendees leave equipped to be advocates of change for themselves, their coworkers, and their company.

Elevate Your Confident

In this keynote, Dima inspires the audience to realize their self-worth and revolutionize the way they perceive and project themselves to the world. She takes them on a journey leading them to appreciate their uniqueness and value. Dima uses her transformation story as a powerful teaching tool to encourage others to face and conquer their internal limitations. Her story will resonate with each audience member and spark a guiding light for their path to elevating their confidence.

The attendees leave feeling inspired to create a strong sense of self-worth, using their voices without fear, and taking the necessary risks to emerge as confident individuals and leaders.

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