Dr. Sam Rae, EdD, MPH

CEO & Lead DEI Consultant

Dr. Sam is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) strategist with 12 years of professional and educational experience in various industries, including Biomedical Science & Research, and Public Health Education. As a Black woman from the Caribbean with intersecting identities, she has first-hand experience adapting to different environments. She enjoys actively creating spaces where people feel comfortable showing up as their authentic selves. 

In her most recent full-time position, she led the development of the DEI Strategy for Goodwill Industries International and supported over 156 Retail Goodwill stores across North America. Before that, Dr. Sam served as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Principal Strategist for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In her role as Principal Strategist, she managed the Black Employee Portfolio during the global crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also worked as a consultant to develop Save the Children's first-ever 3-year DEI Strategy in 2019.


She has also worked as a Senior Accreditation Specialist to assess compliance with accreditation policies related to cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, and financial planning for public health graduate and undergraduate schools/programs. 


Dr. Sam's work has been featured in Forbes, and she has also been a guest on the Roland Martin show. She has appeared on numerous podcasts and panels, including General Assembly's Womxn at Work series and Consciously Unbiased’s breaking down bias. Dr. Sam is a sought-after speaker on DEI strategy, intersectionality, microaggressions, and creating inclusive workspaces.

Dr. Sam graduated is the youngest graduate from the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at UNE, where she received her doctorate in Education with a concentration in Organizational Management. Her research focused on the effects of racial microaggressions on Black female government workers' work performance and methods to reduce microaggressions in the workplace. She also talks about Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, intersectionality, and unconscious bias in her research. Dr. Sam received her certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. She also has a BS in Biology and an MS in Public Health.

When she's not working, Dr. Sam enjoys listening and dancing to Afrobeats & Dancehall music. She is also a food enthusiast and is currently obsessed with Ramen. Dr. Sam also loves to cook.

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