Niambi Jaha-Echols is a Cultural Agility Strategist, Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Visionary, Spiritual Activist, Professional Educator, and nationally recognized Life Empowerment and Transformation Advocate with over 30 years experience working with various modalities of creativity. She is the Principal and Lead Consultant for Cross-Cultural Agility where she trains, coaches and consults individuals and corporations on issues supporting cultural intelligence and new pathways to inclusion.
As a Cultural Agility Strategist, Niambi serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to organizations, working with both leadership and staff. She provides creative strategic support, utilizing the Design Thinking methodology on matters of diversity management and inclusive practices in educational and workplace cultures. She offers her advice and guidance to supervisors and managers particularly on best practice issues associated with leading staff/employees from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Her innovative processes assist in aligning inclusion initiatives with the organizational mission, goals, strategies and metrics.
She is also the Founder and President of The Butterfly Movement, where she utilizes the symbolism of the caterpillar/butterfly metamorphosis to foster emotional and spiritual transformation in women and girls. She enjoys traveling, inspiring creativity in others and uncovering solutions to challenges that beseech the human spirit.
Niambi is a co-contributor to the book “African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education”, published by SUNY Press, and is also the author of "Project Butterfly", “Inspiring The Souls of Our Girls” and the Founder of Project Butterfly and the residential camp experience, Camp Butterfly (2003 - 2013).
Niambi has been featured in Essence Magazine, Sierra Club Magazine, Ebony Magazine, MSN.com and Oprah's Angel Network. Niambi has also been recognized by the State of Illinois and Essence Magazine as a woman who is "shaping the world."
She served for six years on the American Camp Association's National Board of Directors and is currently serving on their National Board Development Committee, National Conference Program Planning Committee and formerly on their National Board's Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Committee. She is a faculty member of Expert Online Training, is a member of the National Diversity Council and serves as a Professional Advisor to graduate students at DePaul University's School for New Learning.
Niambi lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is also a visual artist. www.Mijiza.com