Joyce Chiao (she/her) is the CEO and founder of Abundance, where she designs diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy and learning experiences as a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and writer. She has partnered with organizations across sectors, industries, sizes, and stages of their DEI journey — from local community organizations to global tech giants. Her work explores the connections across personal experiences, collective identities, and systemic forces to build concrete strategies for effective change in service of a more equitable and just world. Her work and writings have appeared on a number of platforms and sites, including HuffPost, Education Post, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Joyce holds an MPA, Public & Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. An educator by training, Joyce also holds a Bachelor of Science in Child & Adolescent Development from Cal State University, Fullerton.
DEI Speaker + Consultant
- Debunks the myth that imposter syndrome is an individual issue
- Broadens the conversation around imposter syndrome and burnout to take a systems view
- Discusses strategies to create culture shift across different stages of the employee lifecycle: recruitment, hiring, employee engagement, career development, and retention
How do we talk to others about the social issues that matter to us? Many of us have attempted these conversations with people we care about deeply -- our childhood best friend, our sibling, our parent or grandparent, and others in our close circles. Sometimes, these conversations go smoothly. More often than not, they quickly escalate into a full blown argument, with at least one person leaving the conversation feeling hurt, shame, and disconnection. Many of us are then left to wonder: what now?
In this session, Joyce Chiao takes a hard look at the mindsets we have when we approach these conversations and how our approach may or may not move us closer to justice. Joyce explores an alternative model for these conversations that can teach us lessons about interconnectedness, accountability, power, and healing -- not only for individuals who are hurt by harmful statements but also for the relationships and communities we hold dear.
Liberatory organizations understand that their DEI efforts cannot live only within the internal workings of their organization but instead must also permeate into their impact in the world. To do so, liberatory organizations strive for cultural transformation, inside and out. This talk discusses the characteristics of liberatory organizations, the principles they embody, and concrete ways to put these principles into practice.
DEI shows up throughout the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment to retention. This talk dissects this lifecycle through the lens of DEI. In this talk, attendees are invited to follow along with each stage of the lifecycle from the perspective of the employee experience, explore inequities often embedded in the process, and identify concrete ways to transform processes using DEI-centered practices.
To sustain an effective DEI effort, organizations need a strategy – grounded in an understanding of where the organization currently is and needs to go. This talk provides an overview of developing a DEI strategy, from initial assessment to long-term sustainability within an organization. Along the way, this talk will dive into critical components of a DEI strategy, common pitfalls, and key considerations for activating this strategy.
The DEI assessment is a pivotal foundation to building an effective DEI strategy. During the DEI assessment, what organizations explore – and how they do so – is vital to identifying accurate findings that inform DEI priorities. This talk will explore the core components of a DEI assessment, including key assessment areas and approaches to center the most marginalized stakeholders in this process.
Data plays a key role in advancing organizational DEI strategy, from identifying inequities to gauging DEI progress to supporting organizational accountability. However, many organizations struggle to measure their DEI efforts holistically, if at all. This talk will explore the many ways that data can strengthen your DEI work and concrete strategies for using data to understand your DEI priorities, progress, and impact.
I blend knowledge, empathy, and practical application to move my audiences from awareness to action.