About Graci Harkema

Graci Harkema is the owner of Graci LLC, international diversity, equity & inclusion consulting firm. She specializes in diversity, inclusion and implicit bias training and public speaking within the Fortune 500, small businesses and non-profit organizations. She has experience training and consulting with clients in the following industries: technology, marketing, banking, financial services, food and beverage, real estate, law enforcement, construction, logistics and manufacturing. She is dedicated to driving inclusion and integrating diversity to ensure an open and safe work environment. Graci helps attract and engage a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace. She is committed to empowering employees to perform to their potential as their true selves. 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 is an international diversity, equity & inclusion consultant, trainer and public speaker. Graci is recognized as a 2015 and 2020 ‘40 Under 40 Business Leader of West Michigan’ and is a 2020 and 2021 award recipient of ‘200 Most Powerful Business Leaders of West Michigan’ by Grand Rapids Business Journal. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. Graci resides in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan with her dog Teddy Roosevelt.