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Khaliah  Guillory

Khaliah Guillory

Transforming Human Emotion

Khaliah Guillory

Transforming Human Emotion


You’ll know it when Khaliah O. Guillory walks into a room. It’s a magical feeling that you have to see to understand. She lights up space with her bona fide, bountiful energy - the kind of energy you can feel from your head to your toes. When you meet her, you’ll understand why she’s won so many awards. When you hear her speak on stage, you’ll get why she’s been invited to so many events. She’s one in a million.

Khaliah O. Guillory (KOG), she worked her way from banker to Vice President at a Fortune 100 company that oversaw a $1 billion-dollar book of business and over 220 employees. While Vice President of Wachovia Bank, she served as one of the founding members of the Diversity Council, influencing positive change at the company. During this time, the organization saw a retention increase of approximately 35 percent due to her leadership. After leaving Corporate America, Khaliah’s phone started ringing off the hook and hasn’t stopped.

An avid napper & Forbes Featured Sleep Coach, Guillory is obsessed with sleep so much, she founded Nap Bar™, the first of its kind, white-glove, virtual reality wellness experience in the world. Nap Bar offers communities and companies onsite and en-suite rest sanctuaries to help reduce sleep deprivation, increase mindfulness and alertness.

Guillory has secured strategic partnerships and collaborations with but not limited to lululemon, Mercedes-Benz, William-Sonoma, and WNBA.

In 2015, Guillory founded KOG & Co., a boutique firm that partners with corporations to transform human emotion through inclusion, equity, culture, wellness, and employee engagement experiences. Guillory is an International speaker chosen to deliver the 2018 MBA Commencement Speech at the University of Houston-Downtown. She has been featured in a plethora of national media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, Essence, Houston Business Journal, Fox News, ABC and NBC, respectively.

Khaliah has inspired companies like Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Shell, NASA and LinkedIn by bringing new thought leadership to the table. She is an energetic professional speaker and a passionate promoter of diversity and inclusion. She believes that each employee can reach their greatest potential in a supportive and conscious inclusive environment and has built training workshops to help companies increase productivity.

In 2011, Guillory founded The Cynthia A. Guillory Foundation (CAG) to pay homage to her mother, Cynthia, who lost the fight against ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002. Guillory promised her mother to continue her legacy through the gift of giving and increase ALS awareness. Despite the global pandemic, CAG hosted the 9th Annual Giving Tree, raised nearly $16,000 and paid off over 130 layaways for underrepresented families in Houston, TX. In 2021, CAG hosted the 10th Annual Giving Tree, and took 40 deserving 4th graders from Lockhart Elementary School in Sunnyside, TX on a holiday field trip. Each student was gifted $500 to shop!!!

Guillory was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. She is a lover of 80s music, travel junkie, vinyl collector, obsessed with socks, sunglasses, and watches! She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a recipient of the prestigious Houston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award.

Based on her philanthropy work in the community, Houston's, Mayor Sylvester Turner, declared October 29th as Khaliah O. Guillory Day.

Speaker Videos

Khaliah O. Guillory | University of Houston Downtown Commencement Speaker 2018

Speech Topics

Unleash Your Dopeness

Khaliah has spoken to thousands of unique individuals throughout her career. Because of her unique career path, she knows firsthand how to navigate challenging conversations. She inspires audiences to own their courage and embrace and accept our differences, creating an environment of acceptance, which is beneficial for everyone.

Ignite Your Superpowers

This keynote will ignite your superhero capabilities and spark thought-provoking questions. Khaliah will explore the benefits and positive impact of owning your truth and generating a new ecosystem of innovative ideas from a leadership lens.

Khaliah’s engaging approach explores ways to improve communication, to make the organization better, and how to blaze the trail your legacy will thank you for.

Attendees will leave the keynote fired up, and inspired to celebrate, not tolerate, our differences by creating an environment of conscious inclusion, which is beneficial for everyone.

Khaliah is confident each participant will walk away with 1-3 takeaways they can implement immediately that will inspire equity at the workplace. 

She will share her DEI playbook for being a good human that will result in contributing to humanity like never before.

Unleash the Authentic You

Workplaces and our communities are becoming more diverse, and many of us are reluctant to open up about what makes us unique. We pretend to be someone else because of what others may think.

Khaliah can work with your executive leadership team to create a workplace where team members can overcome the fear of being rejected by society, and by doing so, to feel powerful, happier, and alive. Discover how people in your organization can embrace who they are every day and everywhere without apologizing.


  • Ignite employee engagement
  • Establish inclusion and an authentic workplace
  • Produce authentic leadership throughout your organization
  • Light fires in managers to become leaders who go the extra mile
  • Teach the people in your organization how to tap into their potential to unleash their greatness so they can excel in all aspects of their lives

Transforming Human Emotion

When people are ashamed of their background, gender, or sexuality, sometimes they pretend to be something they aren’t. Hiding from the fear of not being accepted can affect our careers, relationships, and personal life. This lack of confidence can also cause companies to lose millions of dollars every year due to unhappy employees who are uncomfortable in their work environments.

There is a way to create inclusiveness that will help increase employee engagement and productivity while encouraging people to embrace their individuality and be comfortable in their own skin without fear.