Hadiya Roderique

Dr. Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Dr. Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the accompanying video watched more than 250,000 times, Roderique’s think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Roderique is a researcher, consultant, broadcast commentator, and former podcast host. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The National Post, This Magazine, and Elle. She also holds an M.A. in Criminology, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. As a researcher, she broadly examines how race, gender, and parenthood shape perceptions and relationships in the workplace.

In 2018, Roderique was named one of Canadian Lawyers’ 25 Most Influential Lawyers, and she was recognized with the Rising Star award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.


Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Based on her personal story as a corporate lawyer, Dr. Hadiya Roderique discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on race, gender, and intersectionality.

She addresses common arguments against diversity and inclusion and counters them. As a researcher at the University of Toronto, Roderique’s talks are informed by data and a strong familiarity with and grasp of the literature on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Path to Inclusive Leadership

Dr. Hadiya Roderique examines how diverse talent is stymied at various phases within an organization — hiring, retention, promotion, and leadership roles. Supported by literature and real-life experiences, she provides concrete strategies to address hiring biases, promotion, and evaluation biases, and the gender gap in leadership.

Promoting Allyship in the Workplace

Highlighting the emotional tax borne by those who are different, Dr. Hadiya Roderique provides strategies for organizations and their leaders to become allies to those who face challenges in the workplace.

Becoming a Bias-Free Workplace

An interactive workshop that highlights how easy it can be to fall prey to common biases and provides solutions to avoid doing so in the future.

Building Stronger Teams by Embracing Diversity

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Hadiya Roderique focuses on how to make better decisions in a team setting by capitalizing on diversity and inclusivity.

The Path to Inclusive Leadership

Dr. Hadiya Roderique examines how diverse talent is stymied at various phases within an organization — hiring, retention, promotion, and leadership roles. Supported by literature and real-life experiences, she provides concrete strategies to address hiring biases, promotion and evaluation biases, and the racial and gender gap in leadership.

This virtual presentation can either take the form of a 45-minute keynote followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A, or a 45-minute Fireside Chat/Discussion with a senior leader at your organization, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Promoting Allyship in the Workplace

Highlighting the emotional tax borne by those who are different, Dr. Hadiya Roderique discusses the impact and cost of discrimination and the role of fear in blocking allyship, and provides strategies for organizations and their leaders to become better allies to those who face bias in the workplace. She can also incorporate small group discussions about fear and allyship, if technology permits breakout groups.

This virtual presentation can either take the form of a 45-minute keynote followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A, or a 45-minute Fireside Chat/Discussion with a senior leader at your organization, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

How to Talk About Race

Organizations do not exist in a vacuum. What is happening in the external world has a direct impact on employees and shapes the treatment of employees in the workplace. Yet too often, workplaces are silent about racial inequities and their impact, often from a position that the workplace is not an appropriate venue for such conversations. This silence can be interpreted in a range of ways, from indifference to acceptance.

Race and racism are at the heart of many of the systemic, long-standing problems in the workplace, and conversations about race and racism need to happen in a comprehensive and authentic way. Dr. Hadiya Roderique will share how to have open and honest conversations about race, exclusion, and inclusion in the workplace. She explore ways in which we can and must have conversations that honour the depth and complexity of this issue, ones that actually move us towards equity and a true meritocracy.

This virtual presentation can either take the form of a 45-minute keynote followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A, or a 45-minute Fireside Chat/Discussion with a senior leader at your organization, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.