Rahdiah Barnes

Board Member, Diversity Strategist, and Social Responsibility in New York

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Rahdiah Barnes is the Strategic Diversity Partnership Liaison at Pride Global and the immediate past President of the New York Chapter of The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMICNY), the leading diversity organization for People of Color in the Communications Industry.

At Pride Global she creates engaging programming and professional development events that focus on career readiness for employees and members of underrepresented groups.

During her 20- year career in the telecom industry, she has worked for Verizon, Time Warner Cable, XO Communications, and Charter/Spectrum. As a top performer, she received prestigious awards including, The Presidents Club and The Achievers Cup for outstanding sales achievement. In addition to excelling in her sales roles, she has developed and implemented community outreach programs for a variety of organizations.

As the New York Chapter President of The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMICNY) Rahdiah oversaw six committees that provided quality professional development programming geared to educate, advocate & empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the Communications industry.

Serving as a change agent in designing and developing cutting-edge workforce strategies, she is a strategic partner to senior business and HR leadership. She has lend her expertise to Media companies with their planning, strategizing, and execution of D&I initiatives and recruiting. Under her leadership, her Chapter planned and executed over 100 corporate events and community outreach initiatives, ranging from large-scale corporate events to intimate panel discussions and workshops. She particularly takes pride in creating Community Outreach events.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. John’s University and credits the school for implementing in her the love of volunteering.

Rahdiah founded and is the Executive Director of Pappy's Heart, a nonprofit that is dedicated to bringing comfort items to the homeless by providing bags filled with essentials that ease the burden of hunger. In 2019 she was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Shannon's Share Foundation.

Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Harlem and has visited over 20 countries and 100’s of eateries all over the world. She enjoys watching documentaries and listening to 90’s Hip Hop. A big-time foodie, she runs a fun food blog, @chichieats that documents her love of diverse cultures.

  • Work
    • Diversity Strategist
  • Education
    • St. John's University