Full Name
Ms. Laura Shipler Chico
Job Title
Laura Shipler Chico Consulting
Speaker Bio
Laura Shipler Chico has worked in diversity, equity and inclusion since 1994 in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. An experienced manager, facilitator, trainer, writer, and conflict resolution practitioner, Laura has worked in the non-profit, faith-based, and corporate sectors.

For the non-profit and faith-based sectors, she has managed
programs in a variety of complex and challenging contexts –
including conflict zones – spanning continents, cultures,
languages, and time zones. She is skilled in communication and
securing buy-in from multiple stakeholders. Her freelance work
has included managing a multi-year Early Warning and Early Response peacebuilding project in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo for Peace Direct. For the O.L. Pathy Family Foundation, she developed an online educational resource on “Cultural Considerations when Assisting Survivors of Human Trafficking,” building on her past work in that arena. She has worked within the women’s movement of the Myanmar democracy movement, and is the author of This Light that Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders.

As a Diversity and Inclusion consultant, Laura has worked with a range of clients, conducting research on the quality of life for employees living with disabilities; developing resource and
training materials to help front line managers encourage healthy discussions on race in the workplace; and conducting a global survey analysis of best practices when working with
Ethnic Minorities, First Nations, Refugees and Migrants, and Faith communities. She assisted Dr. Rohini Anand in the writing of her book, “Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”, with a specialty on localizing global change efforts, and addressing race and racism in varying cultural contexts.

She is a dual citizen of the UK and US and has lived for extended periods in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She speaks both English and French.
Laura Shipler Chico