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Annahid is CEO of Anima Leadership, an award-winning equity and inclusion company. Her most recent book, Bones of Belonging is a collection of sharp, funny and poignant stories.
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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2023. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2023. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!

Annahid is CEO of Anima Leadership, a socially innovative company offering a compassionate approach to racial justice efforts. She’s an international inclusion leader, author and speaker with over 25 years’ experience working in the trenches toward social change in public, private and non-profit sectors. She has coached thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations and knows the heartbeat of DEIB change patterns like the back of her hand.

Annahid started out organizing national campaigns scaling out widespread change but now focuses on shifting consciousness, one conversation, one compelling story at a time. She’s the author of Bones of Belonging: Finding Wholeness in a White World (April 2023) and the best selling memoir Breaking the Ocean: Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation (2019).

A leading voice on race, trauma, and immigration, she also hosts her own podcast Soundwaves of Belonging featuring intimate and irreverent conversations with fellow bridge builders. Having grown up in three different countries—Iran, England and Canada—on three different continents, Annahid is a citizen of the world, a lover of stories and a truth speaker for a more just future. For more about Annahid.

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Didn’t feel a need to, although my dad questioned why I read only white writers. Unfortunately, there weren’t so many other options at that time.

“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead…. We are communal histories, communal books.” Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Hmmm, perhaps not surprisingly given my biracial identity, I’m a mix- depends where you look.

Where our species is headed, and how to change our present story.

To make the Globe and Mail bestseller list.

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