Chanin Kelly-Rae Presentation

We say that we value diversity of thought, or that diversity is our strength; however that has not proven to be what is universally accepted in our communities. There is a divide between what we say, and what we do when it comes to the valuation of difference in the human population.

As a nationally recognized subject matter expert in diversity, inclusion and equity policy and strategies, Chanin will share how race, income, and human variation continue to determine outcomes in our shared communities, and why schools, non-profit organizations, and even businesses have very different experiences that lead to marginalization based on our diversity. Social determinants impact all people, but we simply don’t all experience them in the same way.

Chanin will also share why, in order to positively influence the social, emotional, physical, and financial health of the entire population, we must align our efforts as organizations to maximize resources and achieve better outcomes. Long-term success demands that we collaborate and engage in ways that are profoundly different, structurally revolutionary, and socially transformative.”

“If we work together to build our paths forward, success will ignite at the point where our roads converge.”

Chanin Kelly-Rae recently assumed the position of Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Providence St. Joseph Health System. In this role, she is responsible for building the corporate diversity structure for an organization with more than 130,000 caregivers, 52 hospitals, and 832 clinics.

Prior to this fantastic opportunity, she was the state of Washington’s subject matter expert in diversity and equity policy in her role as the Statewide Diversity Manager where she served Governor Jay Inslee during his first term of office. There, she oversaw an array of diversity-related projects, including development of new affirmative action reporting guidelines, the Enterprise Cultural Competency Strategic Framework, Diversity and Inclusion training curriculum, and other initiatives coming from the Washington State Diversity Council and Governor Inslee’s Office.

As a nationally recognized subject matter expert in diversity, inclusion and equity policy and strategies, Chanin has also served as Senior Director of Inclusion and Equity, for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, and Corporate Diversity Manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.

Having a strong passion for improving organizational capacity, she has also served as a Community Volunteer for the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle School Use Advisory Committee, Partners for Successful Schools, and a host of other schools, boards, and community-based organizations.

She completed her studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in English and Cultural Studies. She also holds a certification in Diversity Management from Cornell University, and is the founder and owner of Chanin Kelly-Rae Consulting for the past 18 years. She lives in Everett, Washington with her husband and two sons where she enjoys volunteering in the community with organizations whose work benefits kids and families, she also enjoys cooking for friends, and spending time making people laugh.