Sejal Thakkar carries with her a profound personal journey of resilience and determination. Growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants, Sejal faced discrimination from an early age, despite being a native-born American who spoke unaccented English. Once her classmates discovered her parents’ store across the street, owned by hard working immigrant entrepreneurs with accents, Sejal faced a barrage of bullying and ridicule throughout her adolescence. She found herself cast as “the marginal other” in the very country she was born into.
These profound childhood experiences left an indelible mark on Sejal’s spirit, fueling her unwavering commitment to affect positive change. Harnessing the power of her own transformation, she has turned a negative ordeal into a resounding call to action.
Sejal went on to graduate with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cum Laude from Northern Illinois College of Law. After moving to Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, she gained extensive experience in employment law.
Through TrainXtra, Sejal combines her extensive legal background with personal insights to empower individuals through education on a wide range of topics. With a deep understanding of the legal landscape, she delivers engaging talks and workshops that shed light on civility, discrimination, bullying, harassment, and beyond. Additionally, her expertise extends to fostering a sense of belonging, creating an inclusive environment for all. Experience a unique perspective shaped by her legal prowess and personal journey, as she equips audiences with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of today’s diverse world.
"Why am I recommending Sejal Thakkar — as a trainer, a facilitator, a speaker, or simply as a national authority on workplace civility and diversity & inclusion? I could simply rely on her deep level of subject matter expertise, which alone justifies her presence at any table. Or, I could cite her level-headed, open, and inviting demeanor which, combined with humor, makes her workshops and facilitations singularly informative and engaging. I could even harp on her reputation, since everyone who is anyone in the field seems to know and respect her. But instead, I will laser-focus on how all of these characteristics have combined with her lived experience — her fundamental humanity — to create a trainer whose knowledge, skill, and passion bring credibility and engagement to the fore every time she speaks. If it’s not obvious, I am a fan. Hire Sejal and you will be, too."
Scott Mason, Principal
Scott Mason LLC
Unconscious bias is about recognizing how assumptions can influence decisions and making a conscientious effort to overcome those assumptions.
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Addressing specific areas around unconscious bias leads to a more diverse, unified, and connected workforce that operates at its full potential.
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