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12:30 p.m.  |  Session 4: Luncheon Keynote – The Mental Health of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman
Clinical Psychologist and Owner of Lead with Diversity 


Session Summary:
Belonging and Mental Health: The long-term implications of the pandemic on mental health is unmeasurable. The need for belonging and connection, especially in the workplace, is as strong as it’s ever been. How can you as a leader foster a safe space for your people where they feel valued, healthy and at their best? During this talk, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, will walk you through how you can lead your team with true inclusive leadership.

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About the Keynote:

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman
A clinical and consulting psychologist, Dr. Abdulrehman is lauded as a “beguiling storyteller, gifted speaker, and subject matter expert on inclusion and diversity,” as well as “an emerging force on leadership and cultural diversity,” Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman has a well-honed ability to catalyze insight-oriented change through powerful storytelling and practical psychology that sticks with people.

A Canadian of Zanzibari descent, Dr Abdulrehman draws on his extensive professional expertise and his life as an immigrant from an ethnic, cultural and religious minority, to illustrate the necessary concepts and actions for lasting change. In addition to speaking, he coaches, consults and delivers compelling experiential learning events, all designed to create a bridge of understanding and compassion across common human experiences and activate potent human transformation.

Dr. Abdulrehman’s portfolio is vast and international, having worked with organizations including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Mastercard Foundation, Kaplan and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a subject matter specialist for Google/Youtube on unconsicious bias and also a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council of Inclusive Work Environments. His work has been recognized by the Society of Consulting Psychology for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Consulting.

He’s held numerous leadership roles within his own profession, including being a past president for the Manitoba Psychological Society and Chair of the Committee on International Relations for Psychology with the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Abdulrehman is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, has been a visiting professor at the State University of Zanzibar, Zanzibar University and Muhimbili University over the past decade where he helped teach and develop mental health programs in low resource settings. He was also a TEDx speaker on the topic of “Resolving Unconscious Bias”, and hosts a podcast, Different People, addressing the difficulty but necessary conversations on issues of racism. He is also a lover of cakes, bakeries, and is the Mandalorian to a 8-year-old Grogu.

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