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Linal Harris
Linal Harris
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
U.S. Cellular

Class of 1999

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The education I received at Triton College has impacted my life more than I ever knew it could. Triton prepared me to exercise my mind intellectually, so I wouldn't be the replaceable person who lifts boxes, but rather the person that creates what's in the box!

Linal Harris is a progressive thought leader, author, speaker, entrepreneur, radio host and life coach. He is also the recipient of a number of honors and awards, such as the Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 2012, 40 Game Changers under 40 award and The Chicago Defender’s 2013, Men of Excellence award. Harris currently leads in the role of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, for U.S. Cellular® and in this role he develops and oversees talent enablement programs, diversity strategies and community outreach for the organization.

Previous to taking this role, Harris assisted in the start-up and management of multiple call centers across the globe with efforts in countries like India, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Jamaica. He has over 15 years of leadership, business operations and technology experience. Harris has held positions with a number of Fortune 500 companies, both domestic and international, which has provided him a unique perspective on diversity and the impacts of globalization on achieving superior business results.

Harris continues to be an avid traveler, but no matter where in the world he is, Chicago will always be home and definitely has his heart. This comes through in the strong passion he displays for inspirational leadership and outreach within the Chicago community. Harris continually shares his resources and time with inner city youth by volunteering and inspiring high school juniors and seniors to pursue further education.

Harris’ passion for leadership is evidenced in his radio show and blog*, where he looks to challenge and help his readers and listeners, murder mediocrity™ and live their best life possible. Harris is a skilled public speaker who has been called upon by universities and Fortune 500 companies to facilitate goal setting sessions and/or provide inspirational talks and presentations.

Harris was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago and earned an associate degree in science and engineering from Triton College in River Grove, IL. Harris is also a certified ontological coach, affiliated with Accomplishment Coaching, accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

We all have the power to influence great change…but if we ignore that power…to create change…we could miss an opportunity to change our city, possibly the nation, maybe the world. Don’t underestimate the ripple effect you have on the rest of our lives. – An excerpt from What’s Your Ripple Effect? by Linal Harris

Be sure to update your calendar to listen every Saturday evening at 10 p.m. CST, on WVON 1690 AM, to hear Inspirational Perspective with Linal Harris, Chicago’s very own Life Coach!

(Don’t live in Chicago? No problem! Just download the iHeart radio application to your smart phone or tablet. You can also listen live at

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