Khaliah’s story

Transforming Human Emotion

Full of Passion and Purpose

About Khaliah O. Guillory

You’ll know when Khaliah O. Guillory walks into a room. It’s this magical feeling that you have to see to truly understand. She lights up space with bona fide, bountiful energy - the kind of energy you can feel from your head to your toes. When you meet Khaliah, you’ll know why she’s in demand. When you hear her speak on stage, you’ll get why she’s won so many awards and is a sought-after speaker for diversity, inclusion and leadership.

During her career, she has inspired companies like Microsoft, Wells Fargo, NASA, and Shell by bringing new thought leadership to the table. She currently serves on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBT Advisory Board. She works with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association board, the National Diversity Council, and is a keynote speaker for the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference. As a professional speaker and passionate promoter of inclusion, Guillory believes that each of us can reach our greatest potential when we work in supportive and inclusive environments. Throughout her career, she has amped up businesses and motivated people from all walks of life by offering custom-built training workshops and incredible guidance.

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She is an energetic professional speaker and a passionate promoter of diversity and inclusion. She believes that each employee can reach their greatest potential in a supportive and inclusive environment and has built training workshops to help companies increase productivity.

While Vice President of Wachovia Bank, she served as one of the founding members of the Diversity Council, influencing positive change at the company. During this time, the organization saw a retention increase of approximately 35 percent due to her leadership. After leaving Corporate America, Khaliah’s phone started ringing off the hook and hasn’t stopped

As the host for the Startup Master’s podcast on The Sphere Network and a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Khaliah shares her knowledge to help inspire others. She’s on a quest for nothing less than global human transformation by advocating for acceptance and respect, and distinction.

What’s next for Khaliah O. Guillory?

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Due to the recent success of her documentary film, I Am You, which premiered at the University of Houston Downtown in October 2018, Khaliah has put the wheels in motion to executive produce a new and more powerful docu-series about diversity and inclusion. She is working on a video blog series for YouTube aimed at empowering women from all walks of life. In addition to her diversity and inclusion work, Khaliah is the Founder at Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation.

She is the founder of Nap Bar, a self-care, health and wellness program that aligns with corporate and organizational health care. Nap Bar is currently in development with several companies who are interested in bringing the concept to their offices, accenting rows of cubicles with relaxation and napping space to create allowing people to take a 20-26 minute power nap during the day in a dedicated sanctuary to unplug, reconnect and recharge as a human. We believe in offering sustainable rest so staff can be more productive during the day. The company is curating sustainable rest that will equal sustainable productivity so you can go back into the world and finish first. NASA recently conducted a study that a 26-minute nap increased productivity by 54 percent and alertness by 34 percent.

A Poem About Diversity by D. Steed

We are not the same.
Our differences are uncontrolled.

We are not the same.
So it is you I want to know.

You see my core is your core
Only a change in coat

To be included as one
is all that I can hope

Accept me as your neighbor
and please count my vote

For all the rules have been broken
One remains afloat

Treat me like you want to be treated
And together we are gold.

Achievements and Recognition

Khaliah is the recipient of the Houston Business Journals prestigious 40 under 40 award, the 2018 Game Changer Award, and received a proclamation from the Mayor of Houston stating October 29 as Khaliah O. Guillory Day. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication, Khaliah received a bachelor’s degree in communications and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Seen in:

Grammys  Awards ®️
Sleep Dot Com
Travel Noire
FOX News
Outsmart Magazine
Houstonia Magazine
NGLCC Spotlight Supplier
Voyage Houston Magazine
Houston Business Journals prestigious 40 Under 40 Award
Speaker at The University of Houston-Downtown Spring 2018 Commencement

Certified Sleep Coach
Recipient of President Biden’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Certified Diversity Supplier, Huffington Post, Contributing Writer
Advisory Board Officer, Texas Diversity Council
Creator, I AM YOU: Dimensions of Diversity, documentary

Making a Difference

The Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation

Our mission is to dedicate and make a difference in the lives of others by giving back increasing ALS awareness in Houston and surrounding communities. We encourage you to get involved via your time, talents or treasure to help The Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation reach its goals.

During the summer of 2001, Khaliah Guillory found out that her mother, Cynthia A. Guillory (Woogie),  had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After a tremendous struggle, Cynthia passed away in the fall of 2002.  Khaliah vowed to her mother before she passed that she would help continue her legacy of philanthropy and founded the Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation (CAG) in December 2011.

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