Linal Harris is an international business professional, Fortune 500 company executive, writer, speaker, entrepreneur and life coach*. He is also the recipient of a number of honors and awards, such as the Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 2012, 40 Game Changers under 40 award and The Chicago Defender’s 2013, Men of Excellence award. Harris currently leads in the role of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, for U.S. Cellular®, and in this role he develops and oversees their contingent workforce, diversity strategies, talent programs and community outreach for the organization.
Previous to taking this role, Harris assisted in the start-up and management of multiple call centers across the globe with efforts in countries like India, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Jamaica. He has over 15 years of leadership, business operations and technology experience. Harris has held positions with a number of Fortune 500 companies, both domestic and international which has provided him a unique perspective on diversity and the impacts of globalization on achieving superior business results.
Under Harris’ leadership, U.S. Cellular® has received a number of awards for their continued support of diverse suppliers and their work within diverse communities. Chicago is home for Harris and he has a strong passion for inspirational leadership and outreach within his community.
Harris’ passion for leadership and inspiration is evidenced in his blog http://inspirationalperspective.com where he challenges his readers to murder mediocrity and live their best life possible. In addition to this, he continually shares his resources and time with inner city youth by volunteering and inspiring high school juniors and seniors to pursue further education.
“We all have the power to influence great change…but if we ignore that power…to create change…we could miss an opportunity to change our city, possibly the nation, maybe the world. Don’t underestimate the ripple effect you have on the rest of our lives.” – An excerpt from “What’s Your Ripple Effect?” by Linal Harris
*Harris is a certified ontological coach and is affiliated with Accomplishment Coaching, which is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.