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Amina Gilyard James


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About Dr. Amina

Amina Gilyard James, EdD is a talent and organization development strategist with a passion for helping individuals and organizations transform. She has extensive experience working in public sector, higher education, and non-profit organizations and is currently an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership & Learning at the George Washington University.

In 2019, Dr. Amina published her first book—Power 31: A working guide to goal setting and progressing with purpose. She also penned a chapter titled The Leadership Challenge: Success Strategies for Black Millennials in the book Reaching Senior Leadership: 10 Growth Strategies Every Government Leader Should Know.

In addition, Dr. Amina is an experienced speaker having presented at various conferences and engagements; including the Positive Organizational Scholarship Conference, University of Maryland Race & Ethnic Politics Conference, Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas, and the 15th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research & Practice across Europe. She has also been published by the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

Dr. Amina earned a doctorate in Human & Organizational Learning from the George Washington University. Her dissertation focused on the professional identity construction of Black women Government executives at the intersection of race and gender. She also earned a master's degree in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a post master's certificate in Grief, Loss, & Life Transitions Counseling from the George Washington University. In addition, Dr. Amina holds a Certificate of Mastery in Diversity & Inclusion from Georgetown University and the Office of Personnel Management. She is also a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths Coach, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and bronze-level certified in Kirkpatrick Training Evaluation.


Dr. Amina is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Delta Zeta Chapter in Prince George's County, MD. In addition, she has been recognized by the Washington Wizards as an Outstanding Community Leader in Health & Wellness and the Leadership Center for Excellence as a 40 under 40 honoree. Dr. Amina also served as Miss Black District of Columbia USA from 2011-2012 for which she was featured in the Washington Post  and Afro News. 

Books & Courses



POWER 31 will help you discover your unique power and aim that power toward your goals. POWER 31 includes daily affirmations and personal development tools to ensure you succeed well after the 31 days.



Do you feel stuck? Do you lack the energy you once had? Are you juggling with what to do next? This on-demand program is for goal-oriented Women who want to move forward in their personal & professional endeavors with confidence, clarity, and strength.

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Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents. Discover your CliftonStrengths to learn what makes you exceptional and how you can maximize your potential at work and everywhere else. One-on-One and group coaching available!

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