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I had been speaking on diversity, inclusion and empowerment  when, like a mimosa pudica, the world began closing in on itself. As streets, schools and offices emptied, and computers, textbooks and pens crashed into seemingly every crevice of our house, "home" became eponymous. Home-school. Work from home. Stay-home notices. Home quarantine. Home delivery. Hundreds of millions of people suddenly stopped physical contact with friends, loved ones, our favorite coffee shop, the bus line, the train, standing in line at the supermarket. Like many others, isolation seeped through my windows and with family thousands of miles away, it dawned on me that belonging, community, and connection  were the missing ingredients in my diversity and inclusion talks.

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I had been speaking on diversity, inclusion and empowerment  when, like a mimosa pudica, the world began closing in on itself. As streets, schools and offices emptied, and computers, textbooks and pens crashed into seemingly every crevice of our house, "home" became eponymous. Home-school. Work from home. Stay-home notices. Home quarantine. Home delivery. Hundreds of millions of people suddenly stopped physical contact with friends, loved ones, our favorite coffee shop, the bus line, the train, standing in line at the supermarket. Like many others, isolation seeped through my windows and with family thousands of miles away, it dawned on me that belonging, community, and connection  were the missing ingredients in my diversity and inclusion talks.
 
For me, belongingness is not just a feeling. It is a way of relating. A way of leading. A way of life. And in the aftermath of the pandemic, belongingness matters more than ever.
 
Because our need to belong is among our most crucial needs, it is not enough to hope that we will somehow stumble upon it in the workplace, school, place of worship, relationships, brand communities or neighborhoods. We don't leave our other crucial needs like our need for food, shelter and security to chance. Why leave the need for belonging to chance?

She created the Belonging Quotient model to help people, brands and organizations increase their Belonging Quotient by taking active and intentional steps to foster a sense of belonging on their teams, in their communities and organizations. By increasing your Belonging Quotient, you can infuse belongingness into your team, organization, brand, and even your relationships. 

With 15 years combined as an employment lawyer, team leader, diversity and inclusion advisor, corporate compliance director, workplace and white collar investigator, Abam brings a rare, expansive understanding of what makes employees tick.
 
She has advised the C-Suite, management and HR on all aspects of the employee life cycle (recruitment to separation and everything in between).
 
She has investigated, mediated or litigated 100s of workplace issues claims, trained 1000s of leaders and employees and spoken to 100s of 1000s more around the world. Top that with her own lived experiences as a leader, minority in the workplace, a working mother, and an expat and few speakers can bring the breadth and range of Belongingness in the workplace like she can.
 
Through a multidisciplinary and multicultural lens, Abam roots organizations in the individual and collective “third need” for Belonging in the workplace and its far-reaching impact. Her proprietary Belongingness Quotient model contains different approaches to re-engaging, exciting and electrifying your workforce by raising your BQ.

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