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Ayana Ledford

Ayana Ledford


Executive Director of PROGRESS and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Heinz College

Ayana Ledford has over 15 years of experience working for nonprofit and academic organizations.

Ayana designs, implements, and evaluates programs to increase leadership and talent diversity in academia, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Delivering over 500 presentations on topics concerning gender and racial equity, inclusive classroom best practice for all abilities. Recruiting and retaining diverse talent. Ayana centers her expertise in providing scalable solutions to address the multiple factors influencing academic and career success, recruitment, and retention strategies. Also, she has extensive experience developing results­ oriented programs where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to attract and retain underrepresented groups into unconventional careers.