Aina-Nia Ayo’dele is “A transformative leader and change maker.” She is CEO & Principal of Aina-Nia Learning Journey Inc., unapologetically on a mission to influence institutions and individuals to create bold and meaningful change through a decolonized approach to leadership as a means to equity, inclusion, reparation, and reconciliation and most importantly, SELF love.
Aina-Nia is a leadership coach, author, ancient wisdom teacher and a Spiritual Liberation Activist. She believes and knows firsthand that a decolonized and re-indigenized approach brings measurable impacts – social, political, economic.
In 2018, Aina-Nia established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism and was the lead consultant on the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. She led in the development of the COVID Equity plan on Community Engagement & Mobilization for Vaccine Equity, including the establishment of the Black
In 2018, Aina-Nia established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism and was the lead consultant on the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. She led in the development of the COVID Equity plan on Community Engagement & Mobilization for Vaccine Equity, including the establishment of the Black Scientists’ Taskforce for Vaccine Equity, Toronto Youth Vaccination Advisory, and the Accessibility Taskforce. In the City of Toronto acknowledge Aina-Nia 4 years of ground-breaking as: “Through you a city is transformed.”
Since her retirement from public service at the City of Toronto to continue her public works, Aina-Nia has returned to her love of leadership development. She has been supporting leaders to play their role in advancing social justice as they live the highest version of their vision. Her clients and students span across sectors including social services, healthcare, education, arts & culture, government, and private corporations.
Experience 'Remembering Her Power™' Documentary Film
A documentary about Aina-Nia’s work is featured in the film Remembering Her Power. The film premiered at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto and has been a featured documentary on Global Africa Television Network as well as the LA’s PTA film festival 2020.
Her book SELF: An Inner Journey to Re-Membering Your Power was released in 2021 and is on its third print.
A Transformative Leader And Changemaker
For her trailblazing work and the sterling contributions, Aina-Nia was honoured with a Lifetime Advocacy Award in February 2022. In 2018, she was named one of the 100 Most Accomplished Black Canadian Woman prior to which she was nominated as 100 Women to Watch in 2017. The Ontario government recognized her for her contributions to the community and was nominated as one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women in 2008. Aina-Nia was also recognized as one of Jamaica’s 58 Best, honouring the country’s 58th Independence. She was recently featured at the Toronto Archives as an Influential Black Leader who have overcome obstacles to make valuable contributions to society and the world
Sought after public speaker
She is a well sought-after public speaker who has presented to academic, corporate, Faith and civil society audiences across North America, Caribbean, and West Africa. Aina-Nia is known for inspiring action through her masterful delivery, transforming you almost immediately. Aina-Nia is often called on to consult on issues of institutional culture change, gender and racial equity, and African Indigenous practices. She has also been featured in various documentaries and learning podcasts on these issues.
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