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WorkforcEQi LLC provides diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and equality (DEIB-E) experts in using emotional intelligence (EQ) to address mindsets, emotions, and wellbeing shifts in the workplace


Dr. Airies Davis, Ed.D, MBA,   Founder and Chief Strategist 

Dr. Airies Davis is an educator, author, talent-strategist, and coach. For 15+ years, Dr. Davis has transformed professional and academic institutions to reflect key Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Equality (DEIB-E) principles, leading to increased multi-cultural competence, employee retention, and workforce development for such organizations as Deloitte, Merrill Lynch Capital, Chicago Public Schools, Hudson Inclusion Solutions, and Monster Worldwide. She has partnered with government, public, and private sectors to deliver robust organizational solutions.


Notably, her passion project is the creation of the EtiKID Academy, providing character and career etiquette education to underserved populations. The first client for EtiKID Academy was Grammy and Oscar awardee, Common for his non-profit Common Ground Foundation.


As a practitioner - scholar, her research focuses on workforce readiness using diversity and inclusion tactics. Her dissertation title is "Preparation for a Global Economy: 21st Career Readiness and Academic-Citizenship Skills for African American Workforce Entrants". Dr. Davis’ academic journey includes an earned education psychology doctorate from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, and Gies MBA from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. 

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, starts with the S.O.U.R.C.E. 

The S.O.U.R.C.E. framework created by Dr. Airies is a grounding method designed to encourage diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging conversations. A multitude of government and corporate organizations use this framework with proven success to support in fostering safe spaces for voices to be heard and even to share methods of addressing opposing viewpoints.  


Safety {brave space of shared belonging and confidentiality/honor silence}

Openness {authenticity in communication, speak your truth using 'i' statements}

Understanding {embracing diverse perspectives-lead with curiosity removing assumptions/judgements}

Respect {mutual appreciation for everyone-cultural humility-ask for an invitation to share}

Consideration {build on what was said using yes and versus but statements-no fixing}

Empathy {active listening to understand versus respond, be present, center and hold space for others}

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As a certified Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE)  business, Conscious Business Coach, USF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workplace Trainer, and Mental Health First Aider our partners receive ONLINE and ONSITE customized

 evaluations, assessments, workshops, coaching, SWOT and gap analysis'  solutions 

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What is

Connect-Agility vs. Networking?

Connect-agility starts by generating relationship centered and agile connections.  This process of generating connections is networking, which oftentimes feels complex and taxing. Befittingly, to ease the convolution of networking, I coined the term ‘connect-agility’ - which refers to departing from emotionally latent networking practices and advancing towards agile relationship-centered connections. Connect-agility occurs when you build genuine relations focused on what you can give compared to what you will receive from the connection. Ask: What can you do for others? Next, retain a sense of pride and pleasure in your life’s mission.

Meet the Team

Over 50 years combined of academic and practical leading edge expertise in Diversity, Equity, Equality, Inclusion, Belonging, and Accessibility 

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