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Fiona Kanagasingam

Director of Consulting for Talent Management and Innovation

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This is Fiona. At CRE, Fiona supports nonprofit and public sector groups on various components of organizational development from leadership development to strategic planning and talent management. She built and scaled CRE’s Innovation Practice, which supports organizations in designing and prototyping solutions to evolving environments, as well as CRE’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity practice, which mobilizes leaders and organizations to build more equitable teams (especially racially), systems and organizations. She also leads CRE’s own internal taskforce focused on centering racial equity in how the organization does its work. She has supported a range of national and community-based organizations including advocacy organizations, local development corporations, cultural organizations, settlement houses, foundations, and cohorts of nonprofit leaders.

Some background you need to know. Fiona has over 17 years of experience facilitating change at the individual, organizational and community level across multiple geographies, cultures, and industries. She has particular expertise working at the intersection of human development and social justice; facilitating dialogue and decision-making with diverse stakeholders from activists and social workers, to children and families within preventive services, to C-suite executives; and incubating and scaling programs in diverse, rapidly changing environments. Before joining CRE, Fiona was Acting Dean of International and Professional Experience and Director of Leadership at Yale-NUS. In that role, she introduced Inter-Group Dialogue, a structured program and methodology to explore racial/ethnic group identity, conflict, community, and social justice—a first in a country with a heavily circumscribed discourse on race, politics, and identity. Previously, Fiona was a Managing Consultant with the Gallup Organization, where she advised global clients through complex change initiatives that leveraged data to inform and evaluate strategic decision-making, while situating human development, emotions, strengths, and well being at the heart of organizational change. She is certified in the Clark Wilson Group: 360° Feedback Surveys, a certified Clifton StrengthsFinder Coach for executives and teams, ICF-certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and a certified Workplace Big5 Coach. Fiona received her B.A. from Columbia University in Comparative Politics with a concentration in Gender Studies, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; her M.A. in Counseling from Monash University, Australia; and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. She is also an adjunct Professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she teaches on conflict in organizations. She reads, writes, and speaks Mandarin and French.

Did you know? Fiona is originally from Singapore and loves spicy Southeast Asian food. She once won a contest for eating the most chilli in 5 min.

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