Khalilah Lyons is a results-driven career and talent strategist devoted to advocating for underrepresented and untapped talent and making substantial contributions to the global community. A fearless, tenacious, powerful leader, she is equally humble, gracious and kind.
Her HR experience ranges from Fortune 500 corporations and manufacturers to digital start-ups. She has successfully developed and executed initiatives around diversity & inclusion, strategic planning and workforce management, affording workable solutions that resonate throughout the organization. Her expertise is rooted in pinpointing and unveiling a person’s creative potential. Khalilah creates cultures of belonging, encouraging colleagues to be their best selves. Her approachable and practical workstyle facilitates meaningful connection with colleagues across levels and industries.
As the head of Diversity & Inclusion at Conagra Brands, Khalilah Lyons is building a culture that values, inspires and connects all employees. She believes the foundation of a great corporation begins with a culture of authentic, bold, connected individuals. She empowers and inspires people to do their best work. Khalilah understands the importance of leveraging all the experience individuals bring to the table; experience based on race, disability, gender identity, ways of working, communication style, parental status and other factors impacting an individual’s unique journey.
In addition to her corporate role, Khalilah aligns her passion to disrupt exclusive narratives and create opportunities for inclusion and diversity for future leaders across the country. She serves as a D & I expert for several nonprofits, sharing inspirational and actionable messages as a keynote speaker, mentor, advisor, thought leader, board member and volunteer. She leverages her purpose, expertise and experience to present compelling stories, to facilitate workshops, to influence youth and to create spaces for courageous -- and often provocative -- conversations.
Khalilah is a highly respected and resilient woman, known for her strength, stability and passion to change the world. She developed a personal mission through her years, working in distinct cultures with a focus on empowering others and brokering opportunities for them to engage and create change.
A tenacious, empowered leader who is concurrently humble, gracious and kind, Khalilah has a gift. Her gift is her capacity and commitment for helping others to do as well or better than she has done. When not working, she spends time with her two children being inspired by their approach to and perspective on life in their hometown of Chicago, IL. She lives life fully as a dedicated mother, sister, friend and disruptor.
“I am not different from you, I am different like you.”