Amber Hikes (they/she) is a social justice advocate, community organizer, TED Talk Speaker, and unapologetically queer and Black. As Deputy Executive Director for Strategy & Culture, Hikes serves as chief counselor and principal partner to the executive director, overseeing the critical functions of organization strategic planning and programmatic priority setting. In this capacity, Hikes also provides executive-level senior leadership and management oversight across the ACLU.
Previously, they served as the ACLU’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, providing vision, leadership, and direction for the ACLU’s nationwide strategy to support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across all aspects of the organization’s work and efforts. Hikes was both the internal and external ambassador on the importance of EDI as a crucial cornerstone of the ACLU’s culture of belonging.
In 2017, Hikes introduced the world to the More Color, More Pride flag, launching a global conversation around anti-racism in the LGBTQ community. On the heels of this monumental work, Hikes released a TED Talk helping all of us be better mentors, sponsors, and believers in collective liberation. With two million views, Hikes’s TED Talk has built a network of intersectional accomplices changing the landscape of equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Hikes served as the executive director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs where they developed policy and served as the principal advisor to the mayor on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. At the mayor’s office, Hikes set their sights on fighting and advocating for the most impacted populations within the LGBTQ community – specifically youth, elders, immigrants, transgender people, and people of color. In their time leading the office, Hikes advocated for anti-discrimination legislation at the municipal level, passed one of the nation’s most trans-inclusive police policies and added black and brown stripes to the rainbow flag, prompting an international conversation about race and discrimination within the LGBTQ community.
A community organizer from an early age, Hikes’s full-time career began in education access advocacy — as the youngest Upward Bound director in the country — at the University of Pennsylvania. The moral compass of Hikes’s work, intersectional inclusion, can be traced throughout her organizing and her work supporting and facilitating the pursuit of postsecondary education for youth of color experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Hikes has been recognized nationally by OUT Magazine as “Community Organizer of the Year” in the 2018 OUT 100 and by Business Equality Pride as one of the 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. Hikes earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and Psychology and English degrees from the University of Delaware.
Hikes believes in employing an intersectional lens in all aspects of community work and leans daily on the words of sister Audre Lorde: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”
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Amber Hikes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, DEI and LGBTQ. The estimated speaking fee range to book Amber Hikes for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Amber Hikes generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ijeoma Oluo, Nikki Giovanni and Dr. Bernice King. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Amber Hikes for an upcoming event.
Amber honestly knocked it out of the park! We did a survey with the audience and it was unanimous that Amber was valuable, impactful, connected, and everyone wants them back!
Discover Financial - Aug 23 2023
Amber's ability to tailor her message specifically to our group, the Law School Admission Council, was truly impressive.
From the moment Amber began speaking, it was evident that she had thoroughly researched our organization and understood our shared mission of equity and justice in the law. She seamlessly incorporated our group's objectives into her presentation, making it relatable and engaging for everyone in attendance. This level of attention to detail and personalization is a testament to her professionalism and dedication.
Amber's talk was not only informative but also inspiring. She eloquently articulated the importance of equity and justice in the legal field, highlighting the work that the ACLU has been doing to fight for these principles. Her passion and conviction were palpable, and she effectively conveyed the urgency of the issues at hand. It was evident that she genuinely cared about making a positive impact in the world, and her words resonated deeply with the audience.
Prior to the event, our advance call with Amber was incredibly helpful. She took the time to listen to our goals and concerns, and her genuine interest in understanding our group's dynamics was evident. This allowed her to tailor her message even further, ensuring that her presentation was relevant and impactful. Her thorough preparation and attention to detail were greatly appreciated and contributed to the overall success of the event.
Amber Hikes is an exceptional speaker who delivers a powerful message with authenticity and expertise.
Law School Admission Council, Inc. ("LSAC" or "Sponsor") - Jun 13 2023
T-Mobile USA, Inc. - Sep 19 2022
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