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DR. KNATOKIE FORD

Accomplished Scientist
Dynamic Speaker
STEM Edutainment Innovator
Expert DEI Strategist

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IMMENSE CHALLENGES ARE MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND INNOVATION. 

I’m passionate about blending the power of story, data, and insights to extinguish limiting beliefs in order to empower people and organizations to unlock their infinite potential. I work with companies to create tools and deliver messages that cultivate changes needed to make education, work places, and media more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. 

SOME OF MY CLIENTS & PARTNERS INCLUDE

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CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT

LIVING BOLDLY

To pursue our dreams, we have to find the courage to take risks and make bold decisions. My journey has challenged me to exercise faith and persevere in the face of setbacks and failures. Through it all, three things — a sense of purpose, a passionate heart, and a commitment to love — have enabled me to overcome the fears that can hold so many of us back.

When I allow purpose + passion + love to guide me, it becomes a superpower.

INSPIRATION

INFORMATIVE & DYNAMIC STORYTELLING

As a speaker, I anchor my talks with my personal journey and weave in universal themes, data and insights to help audiences connect, learn, and feel seen.  

I am an international advocate for equity and inclusion in education, media, and STEM fields, and have shared my work and story throughout the United States and around the world. I have had the great privilege of being invited to motivate, educate, and inspire a wide range of audiences of all ages in various walks of life — from young children to college students, as well as educators, administrators, corporate leaders, creatives, and other professionals.

If you're planning an event and seeking a unique message that's relatable & motivating - let's talk.

"Dr. Ford was a HIT—A Virtual Standing Ovation! Attendees loved her and her storytelling ability, keeping hundreds of guests of many backgrounds fully captivated. It was obvious she's an expert in her topic and had attendees engaged with the interaction during a live Q&A—all questions answered. One of our most memorable internal events. Dr. Ford and her team were easy to work with and she left us all inspired."

Alexandra Nassar
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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CHANGE MAKING

STRATEGIC DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION CONSULTING

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

– Socrates

Through creative disruption, I help build evidence-based, innovative tools and programs designed to illuminate actionable opportunities for fostering greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. My strategies center on equipping key stakeholders with tactical measures to empower and inspire them to be a conduit for change.

DEI COLLABORATIONS

DEI Consultant and Strategist | YouTube

Produced YouTube’s first-ever Inclusion Driver, a content strategy resource that converts research and insights into actionable DEI storytelling opportunities.

Executive Advisor and Ambassador | SeeHer Movement

Represented SeeHer at industry events and co-led the #WriteHerRight initiative, which creates resources to support storytellers’ efforts to integrate more authentic depictions of women in their work. 

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CREATIVE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

STEM EDUTAINMENT INNOVATION

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Dr. Knatokie  Ford for the White House

As a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Obama Administration, I oversaw development and implementation of a national initiative, the “Image of STEM,” which was designed to raise visibility and improve the image of STEM fields and careers in order to help promote diversity in the STEM workforce. This initiative was listed in the top 100 S&T accomplishments of the Obama Administration, and I feel so grateful that I get to continue doing this work. 

FEATURED MEDIA PROJECT

Science Consultant
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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

- Maya Angelou