Bio (Golnaz Golnaraghi)
With more than 10 years of teaching experience in higher education, Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi’s research interests include gender and diversity, identity construction, transformational and experiential learning models, portfolio learning and critical reflection. She developed a passion for innovation in teaching and learning in 2012 when she led the design and delivery of a portfolio learning model in five new Bachelor of Business Administration programs for an Ontario-based college, fostering self-awareness, growth mindset and 21st century skills. In 2013, Golnaraghi was a co-recipient of a significant research grant through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for her work in experiential learning in higher education business courses. She has published her research in books, magazines, blogs and peer review journals including the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management and Equity, and Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.
Golnaraghi founded Divity Group in 2015, a company committed to a human-centred approach to experiential facilitation, training and curriculum design, and development programs. Through her work, she seeks to engage individuals and teams to foster greater self-awareness while using collaboration, empathy, creativity and critical reflection to challenge assumptions and practices to come up with innovative solutions. Prior to starting her own company and entering academia, Golnaraghi worked for more than 15 years in marketing management roles in consulting and professional services. Golnaraghi regularly presents at international conferences including the Academy of Management and CMS. She gave her first TEDx Talk in 2013 titled From Silence to Voice: Embracing My Hybrid Identity.
Golnaraghi holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Athabasca University (2015) and was the recipient of the Convocation Scholarship for academic excellence. Her thesis focused on diversity in the workplace. She earned a Master of Business Administration (1999) and Bachelor of Commerce (1993) from the University of British Columbia. Golnaraghi is certified in a number of assessments including FourSight Innovation Tool for Teams, MBTI, EQ-i2.0 and EQ360, Values Perspectives, and 4MAT.