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Farai  Chideya

Farai Chideya

Author & Analyst on the Future of Work, Jobs, Presidential Politics & Race Relations


Farai Chideya has covered the economy and jobs, politics, and race relations during her thirty year career as an award-winning journalist, author, professor, and speaker. With her deep knowledge of the future of work, politics, culture, and race, Chideya speaks on a range of topics: from unconscious bias, to media equity, to African American history and culture, and to motivational speeches about finding your right livelihood. She brings up issues that people find difficult to talk about in a way that encourages openness and new understandings within communities, campuses and workplaces. Read More >

Farai is the creator and host of “Our Body Politic,” a weekly sociopolitical audio show by and for women of color. This newly syndicated public radio show and podcast is unapologetically centered on reporting on not just how women of color experience the major political events of today, but how they're impacting those very issues.

In addition, Chideya is working on a new book that draws on her thirty year career as an award winning journalist. Based on her essay How We Save Our Body Politic: Reflections from a Black Female Journalist on America at the Precipice, her tell-all account will draw from her personal archives to demonstrate how media and institutional racism kept America in the blind spot of truth.

During the 2016 election she was a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is the author of six books, including The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption and The Color of Our Future, a deep dive into the changing racial demographics of this country from the perspective of young Americans. Chideya frequently appears on public radio and cable television, and has worked for CNN, ABC, and NPR. She is also the former longtime host of NPR’s News & Notes. Currently, she serves as the Ford Foundation’s journalism program officer.

Chideya was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, with strong family ties to Zimbabwe. She graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, where she was elected Chief Marshal, the highest honor accorded to a member of the graduating class at their 25th reunion. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption

Automation and AI Are Destroying Job, Not Work | Quartz

Automation | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Renewing Our National Narratives

Five Tips for Job Seekers in Today's Volatile Market

What Women Need to Know About Work

Raise the Dead: The Quality of Journalism

Martin Luther King Speech

Speech Topics

The Future of Work is Now. And the Future of Work is You!

The global pandemic upended what it means to work -- and what a career trajectory looks like -- for tens of millions of Americans. The scale of disruption was new, but the trendlines were already there... which author and futurist Farai Chideya documented in her book The Episodic Career. Drawing on years worth of research and interviews with hundreds of people, Chideya gives a point-by-point breakdown of what it takes for both individuals and corporations to embrace the model of the episodic career -- a lifelong-learning, adaptive mindset that helps not only workers but companies and teams as well. In this talk, Chideya takes a holistic look at how work in America has changed in the past decade via technology and globalization; what lies ahead; how retirement readiness is a hidden peril for our nation, and how communities can deal productively with the wide disparities in work and wealth.

"DEI as R&D": Drop Ineffective Diversity Efforts. Build Power, Market & Revenue Through Evidence-Based, High-Growth Strategy

Companies with diverse leadership have higher ROI than comparable companies which are less-diverse. But when we treat DEI initiatives like charity work with endless meetings and banal corporate town halls, we waste time, talent development, and market opportunity. Learn how to get results and revenue when you approach DEI as R&D. Farai leads organizations quickly but powerfully through evidence-based research about DEI, and then focuses on how to actually work with leaders, teams, and recruiters to design a corporation which can gain and retain the best talent; do better product design; reach new markets; and avoid common pitfalls with culturally competent corporate practices. This is a great session to kick off deeper work at your institution.

Our Body Politic: How Women of Color Are Transforming America

Women of color help support a democracy which doesn’t always support them, and are essential to an economy which doesn’t always pay them what they’re worth. But amid the pressures and pain of this era we are also seeing women of color rise in power, influence, and voice. Journalist, author and futurist Farai Chideya applies her decades of reporting and data analysis of women of color to looking at how this superdemographic will shape upcoming elections and key economic and social issues. She’s the creator and host of Our Body Politic, a weekly nationally syndicated public radio show, podcast, and community that features women you need to hear from - like Sen. Tammy Duckworth, WNBA player and political organizer Laysia Clarendon, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Farai shares original data insights from Our Body Politic’s work to illuminate the rising power and influence of Black, Latina, Asian-American, Native American and multiracial women.