Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya

Journalist, Award-Winning Author, and Socio-Political Analyst

Speaker Categories: Diversity, Inclusion | Author | Unconscious Bias | Unconscious Bias | Media | Female Media | Female Motivational

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Journalist, Award-Winning Author, and
Socio-Political Analyst

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. She has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events around the globe.

Political Analyst

With deep knowledge in a variety of disciplines, including the future of work, politics, culture, race, and technology, Chideya frequently appears on public radio and cable television, and has commented on or worked as a host for CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, BET, NPR, and other media. Co-moderating a Democratic Presidential Debate during the 2004 election cycle, Chideya is also the former longtime host of National Public Radio's News & Notes. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Chideya graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, where she was elected Chief Marshal, the highest honor accorded to a member of the graduating class at their 25th reunion. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Chideya is the author of six books, the first of which was Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans, and the most recent of which is 2016's The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption.

Keynote Speaker

Farai Chideya has honed her powerful speaking skills over the course of her twenty years in journalism. For her, lectures are not just a chance to speak, but also to listen, to engage, share and learn. Her speeches include deep-dives into issues such as generational divides in use of mobile technology, US politics, or African-American history and culture, as well as motivational speeches about finding your right livelihood and living with integrity in a world that often rewards expediency. She can bring up issues that people generally don’t want to talk about in a way that encourages openness and new understandings within communities, campuses and workplaces.


Since 1995, when she began appearing on cable news as an analyst for CNN, Farai Chideya has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events. Her bookings have included Ivies Harvard and Yale, large state universities and regional colleges, events at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, and business associations. Her lecture topics range from current events to women’s issues to technology, and she also has moderated forums including TEDxOilSpill (on the Deepwater Horizon crisis). Farai also facilitates private brainstorming sessions for people who need expertise on using content and building community for their company or nonprofit.

Unconscious Bias; Conscious Workplace Co-Creation

Unconscious bias is not a moral failing. But failing to address it in the workplace costs workplace morale and money. Unconscious bias -- the way stereotypes and, more importantly, behaviors triggered by them -- are hard to spot. That's precisely why they are so important to resolve. Their "stealth mode" can make them hard to attack. This is particularly true from approaches that focus on de-biasing the behavior of individuals. Often that doesn't work, and sometimes can even been harmful. For example, research by Professors Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev now shows that broad-based sexual harassment training could have unanticipated blowback effects, provoking greater harassment by people aggrieved at taking the training. What works better is when managers are told that preventing and remediating sexual harassment is a core part of their job, and they will be rewarded for doing well at it... and take a hit if they don't. As someone who lived through, and left, a hostile work environment, I know what it's like to feel you have no good options. But there actually are strong options for co-creating workplace race and gender equity. You have to know how to do it. As someone who now works, among other things, on creating race- and gender-equity interventions and seeing how well they work, I can walk you and your team or industry gathering on the ways to really promote equity in your workplace. One key is to follow evidence-based research and not intuition. Another is using the right organizational development strategies to do deep listening across your organization and co-create workplace equity that really serves the needs of your institution. The point in the end is not to change individual minds, but to create system-wide practices that make your workplace emotionally healthy, equitable and profitable. And those solutions do exist. Let's explore them together.

Women's Empowerment: Loving Your Inner "Impostor"

Like so many high-achieving women, Farai Chideya has struggled with believing that she was deserving of the gifts the world gave her. At 25, she was a political analyst on CNN, a book author, and one of the first bloggers in the world. As she progressed to even more successes, she privately dealt with struggles including the eating disorder bulimia and a fruitful but initially painful reunion with her estranged father. Now in her forties, Chideya has learned skills that allow her to accept and embrace her whole self. Successful women are prone to the "impostor syndrome," a psychological disorder which makes us question if we're good enough for our success. Chideya's message -- to love your inner "impostor," thus breaking the cycle of self-fear -- resonates with women of all ages and stages.

What It Takes to Win at Work Today: Mastering the Episodic Career

The average lifespan of a job today is 4.4 years, much less for younger workers. Today's workers have to be resilient, knowledgeable, and nimble -- able to pivot on a dime and head for high ground when industries collapse. Job search has changed, and not always in obvious ways. Knocking on the doors of local businesses can be more successful than online job search. Drawing on years’ worth of research and interviews with hundreds of people, Chideya gives a point-by-point breakdown of what it takes to protect your and your family's interests in this new world of work by embracing the model of the episodic career -- a mindset of psychological self-employment that helps not only workers but companies and teams as well.

The Future of Work is Now

When it comes to the world of work, there is “disruptive innovation” and then there are those who find their jobs or careers disrupted. In this talk, Farai Chideya takes a holistic look at how work in America has changed in the past decade via technology and globalization; what lies ahead; how retirement readiness is a hidden peril for our nation, and how communities can deal productively with the wide disparities in work and wealth.

The New Face of Race: What Happens to Equality When We're All Minorities?

The Census predicts that a generation from now, America will have no racial majority. But that doesn't mean we will be an equal society. How do we keep our eyes on the prize of equality as we head towards a "post-majority" era? Using powerful visual and multimedia aids as well as a dynamic town-hall format, Chideya walks us through what it means to have a truly inclusive vision of equality that embraces the best of the American dream.

  • The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption
    The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption Purchase Book
  • Kiss the Sky: A Novel
    Kiss the Sky: A Novel Purchase Book
  • Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters
    Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters Purchase Book
  • The Color of Our Future: Race in the 21st Century
    The Color of Our Future: Race in the 21st Century Purchase Book
  •  Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans
    Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans Purchase Book

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