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Sharon Smith-Akinsanya

CEO, Rae Mackenzie Group

Sharon is the CEO and founder of the Rae Mackenzie Group, an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and marketing firm. She is also the founder of People of Color Careers™ Social Hiring Network for Professionals of Color. Her proprietary platform knocks down barriers to equity by giving Black professionals and other professionals of Color direct access to real recruiters at organizations that are serious about increasing racial inclusivity at all levels of the corporate structure. Sharon earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Lindenwood University.

A career and diversity expert, Sharon has been featured in Good Morning America, Forbes, BET, Essence, The Business Journals and more. She recently published her second book COLORFULL: Competitive Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent of Color, now available in bookstores and on Amazon. Learn more about Sharon at

  • BA, Lindenwood University, Mass Communications

Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
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