GREENSBORO, NC  – January 19, 2012 –  Local diversity strategist and speaker Lenora Billings-Harris has been awarded the prestigious “Top5 Speaker” designation in 2012 by Speakers Platform, one of the United States most prominent speakers bureaus.   Out of hundreds of nominees, Lenora has risen to become one of the world’s most respected and compelling speakers in diversity and inclusion.


Each year, Speakers Platform recognizes five speakers, within ten popular topic areas, based on: expertise, professionalism, presentation skills, original contribution to the field and public votes cast at the Web site.  Over 13,000 votes were cast from business leaders, educators, association members and others from around the world for the 2012 nominees.


Lenora is the co-author of TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity, and she is often an expert guest on TV and radio internationally. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the business schools of Averett University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and leads a full service diversity consulting firm. She has presented to audiences in over eighteen countries on six continents.


As a diversity strategist, Lenora partners with organizations to help them make diversity a competitive advantage. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in several journals internationally.


Billings-Harris said she is honored to have received this award for the third time. ”It is encouraging to be affirmed by clients and audience members. Together we can create a more inclusive society.”


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