Samara Hakim, JD | NAWBO
2022 to 2023
Board of Directors
CulturGrit, LLC
4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Ste 400
San Diego, CA 92121

Samara is the President and Founder of CulturGrit, LLC. She is an international culture and inclusion thought leader, data strategist, keynote speaker, writer, and facilitator. For over a decade, Samara has equipped leaders with the cultural intelligence to work with those who are different than them, mitigating bias and integrating culture into business practices and metrics.

Samara has worked on projects for Fortune 500 and 100 companies, including culture transformation and DEIB integration, inclusive leadership and boards of directors, global marketing and sales, team building, and inclusive procurement. She has facilitated workshops in multiple languages, at various levels, for multiple industries, including for-profit and non-profit organizations, start-ups, and educational institutions. Samara has been a member of several advisory boards and a leader in many communities of practice. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

Samara was honored with the 2018 Women of Excellence Entrepreneur Award by Diversity Professional Magazine, the 2019 American Honda Premier Partner Award, and the 2021 NAWBO San Diego BRAVA Women’s Advocate Award.

Samara thrives on working with people from all walks of life. She is a dynamic speaker who engages people to think beyond their comfort zone, to work across differences. She draws on a range of experiences including her cross-cultural work, her legal career, and her personal background. Samara grew up in Lebanon, and she currently resides with her husband and two children in San Diego, California. She loves chocolate, biking, dancing, and travel.