About Graci Harkema

Multi-award winner, Graci Harkema is the owner of Graci LLC, international diversity, equity & inclusion consulting firm. She specializes in inclusion and implicit bias training and public speaking from the Fortune 500 to small businesses, representing many industries throughout North America and Europe. Graci is committed to helping clients build equitable and inclusive work environments where employees are empowered to perform to their potential as their true selves. Graci is recognized as a 2015 and 2020 ‘40 Under Forty Business Leader of West Michigan’, honored as one of the 2020 and 2021 ‘200 Most Powerful Business Leaders of West Michigan’ and named one of the '50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan' in 2022 by Grand Rapids Business Journal. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University. Graci is author of the upcoming book, a memoir, 'Rising From the Mud', expected release end of 2022.


Graci identities as LGBTQ and is passionate about serving the community by volunteering her time on LGBTQ+ non-profit boards and committees. She is also an avid supporter of her parents’ faith-based non-profit, Heart for Central Africa, in her hometown of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Graci resides in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan with her dog Teddy Roosevelt. For more information about Graci, or for more photos of her dog, follow her on Instagram: @thegraciharkema