For decades, Dima Ghawi has worked with diverse teams around the world to create inclusive corporate cultures and elevate employee engagement. She led teams in 19 countries for IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit, and through her work, she has developed a keen expertise in meeting the demands of an expanding global workforce.
While she is best recognized by her global influence, her Fortune 20 corporate leadership experience, and the prestigious awards she has received, there is a painful yet transformative part of her story still to be told.
Born in Turkey and raised in Jordan, Dima grew up surrounded by Middle Eastern values. Fiercely constrained by her culture, community, and family expectations, she was taught that her life’s path was predetermined. She had no voice or identity as a woman, and her worth was decided by the judgment of others. What mattered most was preserving the honor and reputation of her family – at all costs.
However, Dima’s courage through this oppression and her resiliency against succumbing to abusive expectations birthed an unstoppable determination to rise above the life that she was born into, to escape confinement, and to create a new life for herself.
Despite the continuous risk to her life and safety, Dima left a toxic marriage and earned her BA in Economics from San Diego State University as well as her MBA from the University of San Diego, becoming the first woman in her family to receive an advanced education. The power of her story reached an astonishing 58M viewers on Goalcast in 2020, ranking her video as the second-most viewed ‘Inspiring Women’ video in their history.
Dima is now the founder of her own global talent development and consulting company, an organization dedicated to conference speaking and working with corporate groups on company leadership, employee engagement, and people empowerment. She speaks to the leaders, the visionaries, and the rebels who are ready to go forth and shatter their limitations.
Dima’s life’s mission is to give voice to those that are excluded within corporate cultures and their communities. Through her incredible personal and professional experiences, she inspires, educates, and empowers everyone who crosses her path.