About Fatimah Gilliam, Esq., Founder & CEO of The Azara Group, and Negotiations, Strategy & Diversity Expert
Fatimah Gilliam, Esq. is the Founder and CEO of The Azara Group, a consulting firm providing a broad range of negotiation and diversity services to companies, universities, student athletes, and private clients. Its mission is to improve the competitive advantage of institutions and individuals by helping them strategically use the art of persuasion and improved influencing skills to achieve objectives and enhance careers. The Azara Group also specializes in offering services that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and improved career mobility for diverse employees.
Prior to starting The Azara Group, Ms. Gilliam was the Head of Finance and Fundraising for North America in the Private Partnerships Division of the United Nations World Food Programme where she was responsible for US and Canadian fundraising operations. While at WFP, she negotiated partnerships with Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation and The Hunger Games film franchise, and rapper 50 Cent in connection with his energy drink Street King. Her direct philanthropy efforts provided roughly 20 million meals to children in famine-stricken Africa.
Prior to joining WFP, she served in a corporate strategy role as the Director of Diversity Recruitment for Citigroup. She oversaw Citi’s recruitment of graduating diverse business candidates across the United States – overseeing the diversity recruiting strategy for thirty training programs across fifteen Citi businesses. In her role, she served on the Corporate Advisory Boards of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (The Consortium), and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). Ms. Gilliam began her career as a corporate attorney negotiating deals for her clients. She worked for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. During her legal career, she represented Fortune 500 companies working on transactions often involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
She holds a law degree from Columbia Law School (participating in the Mediation Clinic), a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation), and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Originally from Berkeley, California, Ms. Gilliam lives in New York City.
Ms. Gilliam can be reached on Twitter @TheAzaraGroup.
Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships