KHALILAH LYONS

Diversity & Inclusion Leader Discover Financial Services

With 18 years of strategic Human Resources experience, Khalilah’s focus has always been on the employee–making sure whatever she implemented was going to respect the employee and create a space where they could be their best and have their voice be heard.

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. Khalilah works to create cultures of belonging, encouraging colleagues to be their best selves. Her approachable and practical workstyle facilitates meaningful connection with colleagues across levels and industries.

Khalilah currently is driving diversity and inclusion at Discover Financial Services.  In addition to her corporate role, Khalilah aligns her passion to disrupt exclusive narratives and create opportunities for inclusion and diversity for various groups across Chicagoland. 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. Her purpose, experience and enthusiasm drive her to present compelling stories, to facilitate workshops, to influence youth and to create spaces for courageous -- and often provocative -- conversations.

“Diversity and inclusion has been really intertwined and integrated in my career journey, allowing me to create space within corporate America and prepare people who are going to be in corporate America – it’s natural for who I am and what I love to do. I’m inspired by the fact that I have two children of color that will be walking into these spaces.”

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