California Native, Karima Mariama-Arthur is the Founder and CEO of WordSmithRapport, the author of the internationally acclaimed 2019 NAACP Image Award-nominated leadership guidebook, ‘Poised For Excellence: Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond‘ (Palgrave Macmillan), and an active speaker nationally and internationally in her areas of expertise. Karima also worked exclusively with corporate litigation-based firms. Not to mention, clerking for the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
WordSmithRapport is a boutique consulting firm, specializing in leadership development and organizational performance management, that helps clients solve performance challenges while removing roadblocks to success. Through their comprehensive, world-class professional development and advisory services, we facilitate the development, direction, and results you need to succeed in the boardroom and beyond.
Karima’s life goal is to make a difference in the lives of the people she meets personally and professionally.
“I believe that the world can be a better place if we each give of ourselves in a wholesome, thoughtful and impactful way. That women of color will have greater access to entrepreneurial opportunities across industries worldwide. But not because we are waiting to have someone ‘bless’ us with such opportunities.”
Arthur mentions that her deepest desire is that “we [women of color] will take greater initiative to capture what we want most and that we become bolder in our approach. It is imperative that we expand our reach and show up in global economies where we have been notably absent.”
“I know it wasn’t easy for them to sacrifice so much, but their vision for me was bigger than any hardship encountered along the way.”
Karima Arthur’s motivation lies within the growth of her clients and their results is her drive and demonstrates how critical her work is and why she’s uniquely qualified to do so.
“I don’t see a stopping point anywhere in my future; there is much work yet to be done and I feel good about that.”