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Meet Natalie Gillard, Founder & CEO of FACTUALITY

Natalie Gillard is the award-winning creator of Factuality, a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and interactive experience, designed to simulate fact-based inequities.

For nearly a decade, Natalie has led virtual and in person FACTUALITY facilitations for over 61,000 global participants.

Factuality has supported professional development initiatives at hundreds of multinational companies, universities, government agencies, and nonprofits (including Google, FOX, Nike, American Express, Under Armour, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Rikers, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Heart Association and more). 

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Why I Created FACTUALITY

"I set out to create Factuality, nearly a decade ago, to address the urgent need for an accessible approach to raising awareness about the impact of inequality. Frustrated with the limitations of conventional training methods, I aimed to develop a fact-based experience that met attendees wherever they found themselves on their social awareness journey...
even if Factuality was their very first stop.

 
Factuality adeptly navigates the intricacies of structural inequalities, thoughtfully
bridging the divide between difference of opinion and fact.

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Factuality is the best thing to have ever happened to me... and according to thousands of past participants, it's the best thing to have happened to them too."

The Birth of FACTUALITY
in partnership with Lasell University

 


Natalie Gillard's Credentials

Education

Lesley University | Cambridge, MA
M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies | Race & Ethnic Studies 

Lasell University | Newton, MA
B.A., Legal Studies

 

WBEC | DMV
SAGE Advice in partnership with Capital One | Graduate

NSMDC Certified Minority Owned Business | MBE
WBENC Certified Women's Owned Business | WBE



FACTUALITY Highlights & Features
 

  • University of Phoenix Educational Series | Combating Discrimination with Gamification | 2024

  • Hubspot Offsite | In Person FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2023

  • Google | Annual Diversity Conference | Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2023

  • American Association of University Women/National Conference for College Women Student Leaders | Woman of Distinction Awardee | 2023

  • Fortune Magazine: How boards can make good on their DEI commitments | 2023

  • Authority Magazine: Female Founders: Natalie Gillard of FACTUALITY On The Five Things You Need To Thrive and Succeed as a Woman Founder

  • Columbia University | DEIAJ Symposium | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2023

  • Nike, Jordan, & Converse Worldwide Marketing | Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2023

  • National Council on Aging: Living Our Equity Promise | Panel Moderator | 2022

  • L3Harris Inclusion Conference | Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2022

  • National Association of Social Workers | Keynote Speaker | 2022 | Participants received CEUs

  • Gilchrist Diversity Day | Keynote Speaker | 2022

  • Synchrony | Global Diversity Experience | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2022

  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2022

  • DuPont | Black ERG x Juneteenth | Speaker & Social Justice donation awardee | 2022

  • Feeding America: Health Equity Panel | Panelist | 2022

  • American Psychiatric Association (APA) | Equity Coach & Consultant | 2022

  • Google | Core ML Summit | Hybrid FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2022

  • Change Healthcare | The Art of Reinvention | Keynote Speaker | 2022

  • Featured in AFRO American Newspapers: Factuality is the board game giving players a 90-minute crash course on structural inequality in the U.S. | 2022

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) | Equity Convention | Plenary Speaker | 2022

  • Twitter #UntilWeAllBelong: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • Let's Face the FACTS by Lasell University | 2021

  • The Birth of FACTUALITY by Kham Owens & Lasell University | 2021

  • Who is Natalie Gillard? by Kham Owens & Lasell University | 2021

  • Featured on Intentional Conversations VodCast with Dr. Nika White | 2021

  • Featured in Baltimore City's Office of Equity and Civil Rights Fair Housing's National Fair Housing Month Programing | 2021

  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield 2nd Annual Week of Equity & Action: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • Promising Principals Conference: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • Illinois Assocation for College Counseling: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • She Runs It Multicultural Bootcamp: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • Global Citizen Forum: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2021

  • NAIS People of Color Conference: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2020

  • The 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Webinar Series: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2020

  • 46th Annual American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity: Virtual FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2020

  • Featured in Baltimore City's Office of Equity and Civil Rights Fair Housing Webinar | 2020

  • Featured in Amazon Best Seller | The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table | 2019

  • Featured in Baltimore Magazine’s August/Best of Baltimore Issue | 2019 

  • Featured in The Baltimore Jewish Times | DFI Plays 'FACTUALITY' Game as Part of Diversity Training | 2019

  • Taharka Brothers & Natalie Gillard created FACTUALITY, the ice cream flavor | debuted at Johns Hopkins | 2019

  • Baltimore County Public Schools: Leadership Advance Conference: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019

  • National Association of Social Workers: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019 | Participants received CEUs

  • Maryland Cultural Proficiency: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019

  • Super ACAC Idea Institute Pre Conference Session | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019

  • National Conference of College Women Student Leaders | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019

  • 69th Annual Jack & Jill Teen Conference | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2019

  • Featured on #Secure the Seat: Women of Color Securing Their Seat at the Table | 2018

  • Featured in BostonVoyager: Meet Trailblazer Natalie Gillard | 2018

  • The Memo Presents: After 6: Career Conversations on Intersectionality | Panelist | 2018

  • Featured in AFRO American Newspapers: Natalie Gillard Uses Her DIY Talents to Promote Inclusion | 2018

  • Featured in Baltimore Magazine's Women of the World Festival Highlights | FACTUALITY | 2018

  • Maryland Cultural Proficiency | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2018

  • Games 4 Change Festival | FACTUALITY Talk & Facilitation | 2018

  • Women of the World | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2018

  • The University of Arizona: Women in Leadership Panelist | 2018

  • American College Personnell Association (ACPA) | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2018

  • Kellogg Foundation, Racial Equity Resource Guide | FACTUALITY | 2018

  • District of Columbia Personnel Association FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2017

  • Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference | FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2017

  • Maryland College Personnel Association: Maryland State Chapter Showcase Representative | FACTUALITY | 2017 

  • Maryland College Personnel Association: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2017

  • Maryland Cultural Proficiency: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2017

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2016

  • Women of the World Festival: FACTUALITY Facilitation | 2016

  • International Association for Human Caring Conference: FACTUALITY Poster Presentation | 2016



Professional Experience
                                             
FACTUALITY® | Baltimore, MD
Founder & Facilitator | 2016-Current

Stevenson University | Owings Mills, MD
Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Experience | 2016-2018 


Notre Dame of Maryland University | Baltimore, MD 
Adjunct Faculty | Sociology: Race, Class, & Gender | 2016


Notre Dame of Maryland University | Baltimore, MD
Director of Student Leadership and Inclusion | 2012-2016


Pine Manor College | Chestnut Hill, MA
Director of Student and Community Engagement | 2011-2012


Wheelock College | Boston, MA                                           
Director of Student Leadership and Diversity Programs | 2010-2011
Coordinator for Student Leadership and Diversity Programs | 2007-2010
Residence Director | 2007-2011

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