Jyarland Daniels

President & Founder, Harriet Speaks

Attorney Jyarland Daniels, MBA, Esq., is a global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leader and President and Founder of Harriet Speaks℠. Harriet Speaks℠ is a Michigan-based diversity and inclusion consultancy that supports schools, nonprofits, and corporations in their efforts to shape culture, improve communication, and develop policies and practices that result in a more inclusive organization. In addition to developing customized trainings for organizations in DEI, Jyarland is Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, who provides coaching on DEI topics and organizational and individual effectiveness.

Jyarland brings clients over 20 years of experience in social justice and civil rights non-profit organizations, as well as corporate experiences in Fortune 500 organizations in product marketing, luxury branding, crisis communications, public relations, and management positions. She also brings a global perspective to DEI, acquired from having lived and studied in Japan and Germany, and having led global teams.

Since founding Harriet Speaks, Jyarland has curated diversity and inclusion training for nonprofits in the areas of land development, HIV prevention and education, health-care organizations, city governments, high schools and colleges, and tech start-ups. In addition, she is a frequent media guest and thought leader on topics related to DEI.

Recognized as a “Leader and Innovator” in Diversity and Inclusion by The University of Kansas Alumni Association in 2019, Jyarland’s strength in the diversity and inclusion space lies in her ability to bring a creative and multi-disciplinary approach to problems of equity. Going beyond conversations on bias, and systems of racism, through Harriet Speaks℠ Jyarland helps clients develop skills for productive dialog, resolve racial conflicts, develop compassion, and understand the connections between history and the present day. She advocates an approach that seeks to dismantle racism while building community.

Jyarland holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, where she was a Multicultural Business Scholar; an MBA (Marketing and Finance) from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where she was a Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management Fellow, and a Juris Doctor in Civil Rights and Education Law from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, where she was also a summer law clerk for Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

She is a former Board Member of the ACLU of Michigan, and a current trustee for Youth for Understanding International Exchange (YFU), the first African-American trustee in the history of the organization, where she actively seeks to increase the representation of Black students in international study abroad programs. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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