Amira K.S. Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE is an Executive Vice President at Edelman, providing senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Communications counsel to clients. She is a scholar-practitioner and thought leader who brings experience in strategic communications that reach stakeholders, mobilize the community and inspire action. At California State University East Bay, she serves as an adjunct professor in marketing and communications. She also lectures at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the new Public Health for Business Leaders program. She is a data-driven/data-informed, organizational architect who leverages design thinking to advance DEI and solve complex challenges.
In her spare time Amira and her family collect stamps in the National Park Service Passport Cancellation Book. They plan to visit all 417 national parks in the U.S. #RoadTripWarriors. She lives in Benicia, CA with Jonathan, her life partner of 17+ years, and their daughter Audrey.
As I head into this holiday season, I feel a swirl of mixed emotions. Three years ago, my dad was diagnosed with multiple comorbidities. I first realized the severity of his condition last December during our Christmas trip to visit family in Arizona.
Having broken through the glass ceiling, we now must recognize the glass cliff. Having women in top leadership roles is more important than ever. Women occupy more than half of management roles and are most often the leaders supporting well-being of employees through diversity, equity & inclusion.
"Her backpack is not bulletproof? That's how the conversation with my husband started after we dropped our daughter off at school. We've been doing drop-off and pick-up as a family. Now, getting our child ready for school entails more than merely packing her lunch.
As a consultant in the field of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), more and more, I've been hearing the phrase, "We're over-indexing on Black." Each time I hear it I ask, "What specifically do you mean by that"? My question is an attempt to disrupt a person's thinking, to create enough pause to give them pause.
I am often asked by diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) communications professionals if getting certified in the field is worth it. I personally hold DE&I certifications and find that there is notable value to each of these programs. I want to provide my insight on why one might invest in this education and the practical utility that DE&I certification serves for the public relations community.
Equity principles are interconnected, intersectional, and anything but linear. They offer a compass for the ways in which we approach doing the work, building relationships, and honoring the people we are privileged to walk alongside. This work must be principled and rooted in the end goal of justice which holds to four pillars: access, equity, participation, human rights.
In 2013, I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease I'd never heard of. Namely, because Crohn's Disease is a disease that historically impacts people of Jewish ancestry. I'm Black. Spring of that year, life was starting to get back to normal. Or as normal as it can be with a newborn infant.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, which shattered our constitutional right to an abortion, my social media feed and e-mail inbox have been flooded. And what I've been reading, even from many who I admire, has shocked me to my core.
Re. “Can intermarriage spare our state from America’s identity politics?” Page A9, June 21: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/06/21/opinion-can-intermarriage-spare-california-from-americas-identity-politics/ I was disappointed to see an op-ed suggesting we can intermarry our way toward progress and out of systemic racism. As a Black woman in an interracial marriage to a White man, with a mixed-race child, I vehemently object to this harmful, oversimplified framing.
I hope my daughter never has to endure the treatment Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been subjected to. Being a Black woman and the mother of a young Black girl, I felt it was important for her to witness this historical moment.
Even amongst the most progressive, when Black people make specific calls to action that will impact systemic oppression, we are met with symbolism over material change. We asked for equity. They gave us a flag for Juneteenth. That's nice, and it doesn't address the issues that impact Black people on a daily basis.
By Amira Barger, June 23, 2022 Thanks to community volunteers and the events team of Benicia Black Lives Matter (BBLM), the second annual Juneteenth Celebration brought us together as we collectively reflected on and commemorated a historic day. This event was made possible by community, for community.
This week's blog is guest-authored by Amira (Mira) Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE - Cook Silverman's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Search Consultant. I'm sure by now that many of you will have heard the expression that "Diversity is being invited to the party, Inclusion is being asked to dance."
Growing up, I was often admonished by others with the phrase "You ask a lot of questions"! Looking back, I don't believe it was intended as a compliment, but it remains an accurate descriptor of me to this day - and one I wear as a badge of honor.
This week's blog is guest-authored by Amira (Mira) Barger, MBA,CVA,CFRE - Cook Silverman's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Search Consultant. Because in the nonprofit sector and in every aspect of life, the issues that affect Black people affect all of us. So until Black people are free, no one is free.
We are the "nice" sector. Nice nonprofits, made up of nice people, doing nice things and putting nice into the world. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but "nice" simply isn't enough. It doesn't move us towards the change we need. There is no accountability in nice.
"When you believe niceness disproves the presence of racism, it's easy to start believing bigotry is rare, and that the label racist should be applied only to mean-spirited, intentional acts of discrimination. The problem with this framework-besides being a gross misunderstanding of how racism operates in systems and structures enabled by nice people-is that it obligates me to be nice in return, rather than truthful.
In the wake of recent and ongoing protest across the nation, many nonprofit organizations are seeking ways to address racial injustice. Time has been focused on posting statements on social media, rapid-fire dialing to the closest available implicit bias trainer, and hours spent at book clubs trying to digest the most recent anti-racism book.
There are few times in human history where an event happens that supersedes all those things that commonly serve to divide us. Coronavirus has crossed the lines of race, gender, and financial well-being. That being said, the impact is not felt and experienced equally. Communities that are among the
“As our own spheres of influence expand, we create spaces to bring more women alongside us.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who will retire this month as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, likely has more experience dealing with prolonged crises over the past 38 years than any corporate executive or other government official.
It's cliché but true to say at this point: The last three years have led to seismic shifts in the way all communications functions are viewed, especially internal comms. This change has led to a melding of the traditionally separate disciplines of internal and external communications that seems likely to continue for years to come, according to PR pros we asked for predictions about the future.
Over the past few years, as the country has increasingly turned its attention to historical and societal injustices, organizations-from for-profit businesses to nonprofits enterprises-have focused more intentionally on implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion measures.
Women of Community (WOC) is focused on celebrating and elevating the voices of Women of Color — Black, Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander, Muslim, Indigenous — doing extraordinary work for the health of their communities.
Storytelling is one of the most ancient and sacred concepts in all of human history. Starting with our long-distant ancestors weaving myths around fires that kept the darkness at bay and evolving through the centuries to include writing, painting, music, dance and more, it's a complex concept that still strikes at the very heart of who we are as a species.
The "fake it till you make it" strategy - where you pretend to know something until you've reached the point where you actually do - doesn't serve communicators well in the long run. Learning new skills and gaining experience takes time, and if you fake your way through your career, you're likely to waste a lot of that time.
By Karie Pinnix Oct. 7 2022, Published 8:05 a.m. ET The concept of being "self-made" is a topic that gets attention every year, either through Forbes ' list of self-made women or through a conversation with a friend. No matter how you define "self-made" success, it's something many aspire to be.
Does diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts focus "too much" on Black people? This question has been asked repeatedly on LinkedIn lately. This article seeks to unpack that question and provide a detailed analysis regarding DEI efforts that center Black employees.
September 21st is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. For every dollar that white men make, Black women are paid 58 cents. Any workplace that wants to achieve equity most prioritize the needs of the most marginalized. This article outlines how workplaces can better support their Black women employees.
Amira Barger has a secret to countering implicit bias. Her presentation from the 2022 Points of Light Conference, "Inclusive Stories: Equity-Centered Language Design," offered a quick tool that you can put into action immediately. Amira is an executive vice president on the Global Health Sector team at Edelman, providing senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Multicultural counsel to clients.
CBS San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO - After taking her constitutional and judicial oaths, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the 116th Supreme Court Justice and the first Black woman to sit on that bench. Amira Barger watched the swearing in with her 9-year-old daughter Audrey.
"Trying to move people's hearts and minds for causes in the social sector, and in business and government areas, is what motivates me." - Amira Barger At the youthful age of five years old, Amira Barger was already volunteering in her family's church in Guam.
Throughout the stages of our lives, we as women are presented with so many narratives about who we're supposed to be, what we're supposed to look like, what path we're supposed to follow. But the truth is, the women that we often perceive as leaders often pave their own paths.
Home: Benicia, CA. Age: Late thirty-something. Profession: Professor and DEI communications practitioner. Organization: Edelman and Cal StateEast Bay. Title: Executive Vice President. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: Jon B. (husband). Current project: Practicing personal agency (vs. authenticity). Recent professional development: Leading a new practice. Latest accomplishment: Doctoral program acceptance.
The community group Benicia Black Lives Matter, which formed as the country erupted in protests in the wake of George Floyd's death, was the driving force in the reforms.
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect more than 1.6 million people in the United States, according to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery.
This November, Edelman launched the quarterly “DEI: Beyond the Blueprint” — a salon-style event designed for audiences to expand their knowledgebase by hearing from panelists on a range of workplace culture, diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and health equity topics.
Join us for a conversation with Amira Barger to learn more about Principles of Practice for Institutional Change & Healthcare. Are you interested in building a more diverse workforce? Join us as we delve into the experiences of well-known DEI experts in implementing DEI programs at leading organizations. Listen to get inspired on how to roll out DEI initiatives in your organization. Learn from their Visit diverseek.com for...
Janelle chats with Amira Barger about the true costs behind Black women's resilience. From the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to having an alphabet soup of credentials, Janelle and Amira dive into intersectionality, misogynoir and the generational harm behind exceptionalism. More All Things Equitable: https://www.allthingsequitable.ca/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/janellebe... https://twitter.com/JB_Equitable
Amira Barger, Executive Vice President on the Global Health Sector team, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at Edelman - Build the Table Collaboratively In this episode of Reimagining Company Culture, we’re chatting with Amira Barger, Executive Vice President on the Global Health Sector team, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at Edelman. Amira is a scholar, practitioner, and thought leader who brings more than 17 years of experience in strategic communications that reach stakeholders, mobilize the...
To have the impact we want, the charitable sector must not just embrace gender inclusivity but embrace all people. This session, sponsored by Altus Marketing & The Zumaya Group, features a panel of outstanding women and allies working in the social good sphere talking about different aspects of inclusivity and how we can all be better, more inclusive leaders in the philanthropic sector. Panelists - Amira Barger – Executive Vice President, Edelman - Lisa Greer - Philanthropist,...
The weight of balancing demands at home and work while experiencing work stress and burnout is at an all-time high. Imagine having these experiences while also navigating laws that forbid access to doctors who provided the best healthcare or wondering if a disrespectful response to a boss would more likely lead to your death than firing. Black Americans who experienced these life and death challenges managed to find resilience and hope that led to overcoming barriers professionally while...
Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Media Arts & Theatre at Chicago State University. Find the program and speaker bios at https://www.csu.edu/CMAT/events.htm DAY 3, 1 PM Careers in PR & Advertising Ashley Atkins, Vice President Health, Edelman Amira Barger, Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Public Relations, Olgilvy Bianca Bradford, Executive Vice President & Account Director, Leo Burnett Hosts: Dr. Liefu Jiang, Assistant Professor of PR and Tarana Hammond, Lecturer...
A fun and informative chat with Amira "Mira" Barger (MBA,CVA, CFRE) recorded May 1st, 2020. We delve into her expertise and #PricelessAdvice on volunteer and donor relationships and engagement, particularly in a crisis like the current COVID-19 situation. Mira shares her thoughts and feelings on "working at home" (different than "from home"), and the work/life mental and physical health balance that so many #LeadersOfVolunteers are struggling with right now. Mira serves on the Board of the...
In this episode our good friend Amira Barger, Head of Business Development at the Public Health Institute talks with us about one of the most under-addressed topics in the nonprofit sector. Equity and inclusion. She shares her personal perspective on what it means to create equitable environments in the nonprofit workplace, why equity is important and inclusion is essential, and what some of the biggest roadblocks are. In our conversation, Amira mentions several great resources that...
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AccessElite has appointed some amazing experts in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), to the AccessElite DEIB Advisory Board. These individuals are trailblazers changing the way companies transform diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our advisors will provide thought leadership and ignite future programming, ensuring we continue to provide the highest quality experiences for you and your employees.
Public Relations and Media Executives Amira Barger and Ritch Colbert Join the Journalistic Learning Initiative Board October 4, 2021 (Eugene, Ore.) - The non-profit Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) recently added two new members to its board, bringing the total number of board members to
LARKSPUR, Calif., July 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- By the Bay Health (BTBH) today announced the appointment of Amira Barger, Tracy Stempel Hogan, and Greg LeClaire to the Board of Directors. These three new board appointments reflect the organization's broadening services and expanding role serving the Bay Area with hospice care, palliative care, comfort care, grief counseling, pediatric care, and skilled home health care services.