My guest for this episode is Naki Osutei, a Ghanian-born Canadian woman, and the Vice President of Strategy, Colleague Experience and Environmental Social Governance at the multinational bank and financial services corporation, TD Canada Trust.
Naki has helped to develop the “TD Ready Commitment”, TD’s global citizenship platforms that assist in providing grants to community-based organizations. Additionally, she co-chairs the Black Employee Network and she is a member of the Black Executive Steering Committee at TD.
Naki is also the founder of Next Level Presence, a boutique coaching consultancy, which produces the podcast “Presence by Naki O”. And she was appointed Executive in Residence at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2021.
In this episode we have an open, honest and sometimes painful conversation on a range of topics including overcoming racial isolation, stereotyping, “respectability politics”, assimilation, and redefining “diplomacy”. And through it all Naki inspires us even as she shares her pain, and she maintains her sense of humour — we shared some good laughs!
Naki truly has a compelling story of overcoming and “sur-thriving”, despite the challenges.
- Dr. O
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