Featured Speaker – Fall 2017

Lakiba Pittman is certified by Stanford’s Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education to teach Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), along with a cohort of global instructors. She is an educator, business consultant and creative artist with decades of leadership experience in corporate America/high tech.  She is currently the Director for the Office of Diversity, and an Adjunct Professor teaching Race & Ethnicity at Notre Dame de Namur University and an Adjunct Professor at Menlo College, teaching Diversity in the Workplace & Culture in Media.

Lakiba teaches public and specialized workshops for a range of clients and concerns, including the Global Gratitude Alliance with their Safe Embrace Trauma Healing (S.E.T.H) program; a specialized training for the docents and staff of the Contemporary Jewish Museum; a culture, compassion and mindfulness workshop for The Sonima Foundation’s yoga instructors in the Ravenswood City School District; and compassion & self-care workshops for LavaMae, an organization that repurposes retired transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver hygiene and restore dignity among the homeless in San Francisco. She is the compassion instructor for the Compassionate Response Network (Concrn), which dispatches compassionate responders to persons in crisis; currently working in the Tenderloin District, in San Francisco, and teaches mindfulness, and life skills to youth at East Palo Alto’s College Track, a college preparation program incentivizing youth to go to and succeed in college and life. Working with the Compassion Institute and Compassion Corps, Lakiba is developing and delivering culturally relevant compassion training throughout the Bay Area.

As a creative artist, Lakiba is a published poet, artist, and recording artist.  Her latest book “Bread Crumbs from The Soul… Finding Your Way Back Home,” is a showcase featuring her original art, poetry and autobiographical reflections. Lakiba is a featured soloist with John Santos and the Machete Ensemble on the album Africa Vol. 1, was a founding member and featured dancer and singer with Malonga Casquelourd’s Congolese Music and Dance Ensemble, “Fua Dia Congo”, and was a featured vocalist on the album “Let the Sun Shine In,” with the Sons & Daughters of Lite.  She has performed at both the Stanford Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Her art was recently featured along with over seventy women at The Black Woman is God art exhibit at SomARTS in San Francisco and she was one of the featured poets at the 50th year celebration of the Black Arts Movement.  Known for a unique breadth of experience and results in education, creative arts, business, non-profit, start-up, community and spiritual endeavors, Lakiba is a sought-after workshop leader and consultant. She holds a B.A. in Creative Arts, an M.A. in Organizational Development and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology with specializations in Consciousness, Spirituality & Integrated Health, Multicultural Psychology, Transformative Social Change and Creativity Studies. She likes to garden, watch documentaries and has her own bookstore on Amazon: Lakibaz Books.  Lakiba has a son and daughter-in-law, and dotes on her four grandchildren and her doggie “Righteous.”