Hadiya Roderique

Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer

As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, 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, Hadiya’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, Hadiya 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 is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management at 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, Hadiya 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, 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, Hadiya’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

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