Fariba Alamdari, Ph.D.

“If I don’t believe in my diversity, why would anyone else?”

In a world in which many are raised to believe that our workplaces are responsible for raising us up, recognizing our value, and promoting us accordingly, we are missing a key step in diversity and inclusion efforts. When we are fully accountable for our successes, when we “own” our value, and express our capabilities, the “system” will advance and support us so we can do the work we are most called to do. If we wait for inclusion to come to us, we may wait a lifetime.

This is Dr. Fariba Alamdari’s truth. It is her life experience, and her results speak for themselves.

She is Vice president, Marketing at the Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In 2006, she was recruited by Boeing from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, where she served as chair of the university’s Department of Air Transport, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science. She went on to serve on the board of directors of many non-profit organizations including Neighborcare Health, British American Business Council, and University of Washington Bothell.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Fariba is a strong advocate of diversity, and speaks in part about our conscious and unconscious biases and on the importance of taking full responsibility for diversity and inclusion efforts. She believes in a compassionate leadership style focused on achieving results based on trust and respect for all.

As a woman and an immigrant, she sees herself–and all immigrants–as assets, not liabilities. She resolved, at a very early age, to ensure her father would not suffer because he had a daughter as a middle child, but that he would be very proud of her. She knows there is no magic formula, yet she also knows that when we believe wholeheartedly in ourselves, others will too.

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Fariba is recipient of several awards including: “Woman of the Year” by Air Transport News in 2016, “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” from The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) in 2016, “Leadership Award” from the Centre for Women & Democracy in 2015, the “Professional Award” from Career Communication Group, Inc in 2011, and the “Professional Practice Recognition Award” from State University of New York Institute of Technology, School of Business in 2010.

Fariba received a Ph.D. and a Master degree from Cranfield University in the UK. Based in the Seattle area, she and her husband have a son and a daughter.