Strategic Inclusion Consulting

Custom-designed solutions for DEI, EQ, & Leadership via

Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion

Dr. Rahul Sharma

Founder & Lead Strategist

More than just buzzwords…
effective & lasting DEI strategies require
emotional intelligence and brave leadership.

We offer customized programs, group training, individual leadership coaching, keynote speaking, experiential learning through drumming & dialogue, and more.
We offer customized programs, group training, individual leadership coaching, keynote speaking, experiential learning through drumming & dialogue, and more.

Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion

More than just buzzwords…
effective & lasting DEI strategies require
emotional intelligence and brave leadership.

Dr. Rahul Sharma

Founder & Lead Strategist

"Dr. Sharma is a master at his craft...

He brings a tremendous depth of experience, insight, wisdom, and care to help lift up individuals and organizations. . . . His ability to swiftly improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within systems puts him at the cutting edge of helping organizations.”

- David Klow, Founder & CEO of The Skylight Foundation

"I worked together with Dr. Rahul Sharma to create a leadership development experience for 90 of our top leaders. . . . His background . . . made him the perfect person to bring insight, expertise, passion and creativity into our DEI journey. . . . He was a

great listener, got to know our organization, and was able to design an outstanding half day learning experience

to meet us where we are in our journey and reach people in a new and different way. Many people commented on how they appreciated and truly enjoyed this different approach. . . . I highly recommend Rahul. We grew together through this partnering experience, just as our leaders did."

- Jane Shlaes, Senior Talent Consultant and Leadership Coach, College of American Pathologists

"I would recommend working with Dr. Sharma if you or your organization are seeking someone skilled in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity and leadership training/coaching. My organization hired him in 2020 to provide coaching to employees who might be experiencing trauma and have a hard time processing the racial violence and inequities in society. He also worked with our leadership group on how to best support the well-being and productivity of employees. . . . Dr. Sharma brings his

wide span of expertise in diversity, social justice, multiculturalism, individual/community health, music, and healing to his work.

He is able to skillfully work with clients towards mitigating racial trauma and race-related stress they may be experiencing, and help them to develop coping strategies."

- Karen Appelbaum, Operations Director, Northwest Area Foundation

Chicago Children’s Museum Board of Directors Retreat. Photo Courtesy of CCM

“I watched a …

large group of strangers

develop into a…

truly engaged community…

with the use of very little words. This is the first time I attended a conference of this caliber.”

-Conference plenary participant

 

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“I watched a …

large group of strangers

develop into a…

truly engaged community…

with the use of very little words. This is the first time I attended a conference of this caliber.”

-Conference plenary participant

 

Read More Testimonials Here

"Dr. Sharma is a master at his craft...

He brings a tremendous depth of experience, insight, wisdom, and care to help lift up individuals and organizations. . . . His ability to swiftly improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within systems puts him at the cutting edge of helping organizations.”

- David Klow, Founder & CEO of The Skylight Foundation

"I worked together with Dr. Rahul Sharma to create a leadership development experience for 90 of our top leaders. . . . His background . . . made him the perfect person to bring insight, expertise, passion and creativity into our DEI journey. . . . He was a

great listener, got to know our organization, and was able to design an outstanding half day learning experience

to meet us where we are in our journey and reach people in a new and different way. Many people commented on how they appreciated and truly enjoyed this different approach. . . . I highly recommend Rahul. We grew together through this partnering experience, just as our leaders did."

- Jane Shlaes, Senior Talent Consultant and Leadership Coach, College of American Pathologists

"I would recommend working with Dr. Sharma if you or your organization are seeking someone skilled in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity and leadership training/coaching. My organization hired him in 2020 to provide coaching to employees who might be experiencing trauma and have a hard time processing the racial violence and inequities in society. He also worked with our leadership group on how to best support the well-being and productivity of employees. . . . Dr. Sharma brings his

wide span of expertise in diversity, social justice, multiculturalism, individual/community health, music, and healing to his work.

He is able to skillfully work with clients towards mitigating racial trauma and race-related stress they may be experiencing, and help them to develop coping strategies."

- Karen Appelbaum, Operations Director, Northwest Area Foundation

Photos courtesy of TEDx Chicago

TEDx Chicago

Watch Dr. Sharma and his band Funkadesi on the TEDx Chicago stage

leading the TEDx crowd in a guided meditation with live improvised music.

TEDx Chicago

CONSULTING

Organizational assessments (informational interviews, focus groups, “walking the floor”) to better understand work culture, pain points, and goals.

Speaking

Keynotes & plenaries on various topics ranging from DEI, cultural competence, leadership, emotional intelligence, and coping, self-care & wellness.

Coaching

For individuals, providing EQi & EQ360 assessments; anti-racism coaching; prepping leaders to combine EQ with DEI strategy.

Customized Training

Based on organizational needs, stand-alone and sequenced training session options, utilizing proven, innovative formats such as experiential drumming and dialogue.

Whether I’m engaging as a psychologist, coach, speaker, trainer, or musician, one thing is clear across all these domains: 

There’s MAGIC in the spaces we create.

When we set the ingredients in the right way (a clear strategy or set of objectives, setting the tone for maximum safety, exploration, authenticity, and courage)…

we can transform.”

-Dr. Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma - DEI Coach
Rahul Sharma - DEI Coach

Whether I’m engaging as a psychologist, coach, speaker, trainer, or musician, one thing is clear across all these domains: 

There’s MAGIC in the spaces we create.

When we set the ingredients in the right way (a clear strategy or set of objectives, setting the tone for maximum safety, exploration, authenticity, and courage)…

we can transform.”

-Dr. Rahul Sharma

Recent Clients

Asian American Psychological Association Logo
Latin School Logo
Northwest Area Foundation Logo
Victories Logo
Mental health America Logo
Institute of Therapy through the arts logo
Connections Day School Logo
Chicago Film Maker
Victories Logo
Mental health America Logo
Institute of Therapy through the arts logo
Connections Day School Logo
Chicago Film Maker
CBT Chicago
Depaul University Logo
Chicago Children's Museum Logo
Elmhurst University Logo
Evanston Skokie School District Logo
Midwestern University Logo
Depaul University Logo
Evanston Skokie School District Logo
Elmhurst University Logo
Chicago Children's Museum Logo
Goldsmiths Logo
Midwestern University Logo
Stasher Logo
Transwestern Investment Group Logo
XY Planning Logo
Lorenzo's House Logo
Stasher Logo
Transwestern Investment Group Logo
XY Planning Logo
Lorenzo's House Logo
Goldsmiths Logo
IFS Institute Logo
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Logo
Evanston Community Logo
Partnership on AI logo
IFS Institute Logo
Evanston Community Logo
Partnership on AI logo
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Logo
CBT Chicago
American College of Nurse-Midwives
College of American Pathologists
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
American College of Nurse-Midwives
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
College of American Pathologists

Keep up with Dr. Sharma

AAPA Journal

feature on Dr. Sharma and Funkadesi leading a virtual conference Keynote (pp. 12-16)
Click here to read the journal

AAPA Journal Article

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