Kara McNeil currently works at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, serving the Human Resources Department as Acting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. Kara earned her B.A. in English Literature from York University, and Post Graduate Diploma, Advanced Film and Television, from Sheridan College. Kara also completed her Management Certificate in Human Resources from the Sprott School of Business and Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College.
Kara believes in the power of inclusive, people-centered, creative and compassionate communications. Trusted and counted upon for her skillful application of an equity lens through all stages of the employee lifecycle, Kara brings both lived experience and professional subject matter expertise to strategic advice and consultation in the realm of all things I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility). Kara is motivated to spread awareness of the rich potential in effectively managing highly diverse teams of skilled employees. She is keenly focused on providing leaders, from middle-management to c-suite level, practical guidance on leading inclusively.
Kara has experience with designing, leading, facilitating and managing of programs to support and foster organizational change toward a culture of inclusion. Her past work includes the authorship and development of diversity & inclusion 101 training, Employee resource group program design and management, community dialogue facilitation, equity/diversity related employee relations investigation and advocacy, and facilitation of such training programs as Ethical Upstander Training, Unconscious Bias Training, and Custom Workshops in Bias Interruption, Privilege, Allyship, and Microaggressions.