In her role as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, Najauna (she/her) identifies, connects, and engages our partners globally. Her goal and belief in genuine relationships, community engagement, and creating valuable experiences have led her to build expertise in various fields and industries such as hospitality, tourism, and economic development.
She currently serves as co-chair for Workforce Development with Destinations International and director of diversity, equity and inclusion with Meeting Planners International, Carolinas Chapter. She finds passion in uncomfortable conversations, continuous learning, and reconstructing relationships and spaces where people can show up as their whole selves.
Najauna is an intrapreneur who values family, laughter, a quality debate, and her beloved HBCU – Howard University, the real HU!
Why DEI? DEI is important to me because I choose liberation, authenticity, and curiosity. There is something extremely special to me about someone else’s experience and journey, and that is what I truly value. I am always looking to learn and evolve. Walt Whitman said, be curious and not judgmental, and I think that says a lot about my commitment and growth to DEI.