Eunice Gwanmesia is an award-winning thought leader with more than 20 years of success as a registered nurse (RN), professor, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) advocate. Through countless publications and speaking engagements, she has encouraged people to transform their thinking about communication, finding purpose, activating passion, and valuing DE&I in the workplace. She has received numerous awards for her work, including recognition among “Delaware Black Women Leaders-Past, Present & Future” (Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 2022), “Top Ten Most Inspiring Woman in Delaware” (Teakettica, 2020), and “Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and Top Nurse in Delaware” (International Nurses Association, 2018).
Dr. Gwanmesia’s journey of learning cultural responsiveness took her from the French-speaking University of Yaoundé in her native country of Cameroon (where she failed for not learning French), through dental school in Canada, to the United States. Finally, in Delaware, she found what she was seeking: it wasn’t people “like her”; it was a place to call home, where she could embrace the people, culture, and values regardless of differences. She applied for a job with a local hospital despite being told by a stranger that they wouldn’t hire her due to her race, accent, gender, skin color, and immigrant status. Indeed, they hired her, and together she and the organization thrived for 15 years as they reaped the fruits of cultural awareness. The hospital even paid for Dr. Gwanmesia to further her education with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Since then, Dr. Gwanmesia has continued advancing her learning and sharing knowledge. She earned a Ph.D. in Nursing, secured several DE&I-related certificates, and became board-certified in Life and Professional Coaching. She worked as an RN in various medical centers, taught nursing for 13 years at Delaware State University, and graduated 200+ Certified Nursing Assistants from Always Health Care Services, a trade school she established. In 2017, she founded Eunity Solutions to help organizations maximize human capital through cultural awareness and the appreciation of differences.
Dr. Gwanmesia engages audiences in the classroom, workplace, and around the world in conversations about diversity, cultural differences, and how to use them to improve organizational performance. She authored / co-authored several books, including Cultural Awareness: A Strategy that Can Influence Your Journey to Success (2017) and The Power of Your Identity: The Cultural Landscape for Our Children (to be released in 2023). She founded and leads the Caregiver Support Foundation, serves on various committees with the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce and Delaware African Caribbean Affairs Commission, and is highly active in her community.
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