Speaker, Scholar, Storyteller.

From motivational keynotes to hands-on trainings, Dr. Cairo engages people, communities and organizations to implement positive change and communicate the message that every story has value.

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Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her college education.  She obtained a dual Bachelor in Psychology and Physical Education, Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology… (read more)

the latest.

Holding Space: A Storytelling Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Published by Aminata Cairo Consultancy

What I do then is to hold space.  Specifically I hold space for the stories that are normally overlooked, silenced, marginalized or dismissed.  My ultimate goal is to normalize these spaces as part of the larger multi-storied mosaic.  If the larger space is transformed by it, than that is beautiful.  However, this is not what I set out to do, not anymore. Striving for that goal merely leads to disappointment I have found.  Terms such as diversity and inclusion are misleading… 

Holding Space is now for sale!

Netherlands and Belgium: Order at bruna.nl, broese.nl, kaleida.nl, and more

US and other countries: Order at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, independent book stores and more

E-book (per June 5th): Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, ebooks.com, and more

Audio book: coming soon


Stories of Children in Transgender Families


Tell your story and tell it proudly.


For bookings, events, consultations and respective rates (via Crudon Productions).

Aminata Cairo Consultancy
 Duivendrecht, Netherlands