Emily J. Duncan

Consultant

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” ​​

bell hooks

Emily J. Duncan is a facilitator and consultant with 15 years of experience helping organizations build inclusive cultures that leverage diversity. 

As a facilitator, Emily’s diverse skill set allows her to match her clients’ needs—expertly leading conversations for a team of four or delivering virtual workshops to 50,000 learners across a globally dispersed organization. In her consulting work, Emily specializes in helping majority culture folks find their role and authentic voice in inclusion, diversity, equity, and inclusion (IDEA) initiatives 

She has a history of developing strong relationships with Fortune 500 companies and other influential organizations to build powerful IDEA programs. Her past and present clients include fire departments, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, manufacturers, financial institutions, major retailers, and technology firms.   

Emily’s areas of expertise cover unconscious bias, allyship, intercultural learning, inclusive team and leadership strategies, and more. She is interested in socialization and the ways in which behaviors and attitudes shape culture, the role of empathy and vulnerability in the workplace, racial equity, and examining white racial identity.  

Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, completed two leadership certificate programs, and graduated from the Humanity Academy, all with the University of Kentucky. She ialso a nationally recognized officiant of secular weddings and memorial services.  

Emily is a mother and a stepmother to three daughtersShe lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her partner and their family, and spends every weekend outside camping and riding her motorcycle. 

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” ​​

bell hooks