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Kristina Ashley Williams

Kristina Ashley Williams

Kristina Ashley Williams is an educator, futurist, social justice champion and highly sought-after speaker known for her illuminating personality, subject matter expertise, and experiential design innovations. Her award-winning work in social change has made notable impact from the classroom to the boardroom, receiving recognitions from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Beyoncé’s BEYGood Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Techstars Social Impact Accelerator and more.

As the great-great niece of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to enter Major League Baseball, her work is not just about passion, it is legacy. In watching corporations release statements of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement after the 2020 murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, Williams recognized an opportunity to support organizations in closing the gaps between their words and their actions. Disrupting status quo diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training, Williams applies her expertise in Critical Race Theory and Human Centered Design to create interactive and thought provoking games to strengthen cultural competency amongst teams. She currently leads this vision and execution at Unpacking, the leading online learning platform for social impact, where she serves as Founder & CEO.

Williams holds a M.S. in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology from the University of Southern California, M.A. in Teaching Social Science in Urban Education also from USC, and a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University. When she is not busy dismantling systems of oppression within corporate and education spaces, she is doing so through portrait and documentary photography where she specializes in augmented reality art exhibitions.