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Kalisha Holland

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and General Director of Talent Acquisition at BNSF Railway

Kalisha Holland is an accomplished leader with a distinguished career in the transportation and railroad industry, spanning over 15 years. Throughout her professional journey at BNSF Railway, she has held various pivotal roles, including Director of Strategic Sourcing and Director of Demurrage, Systems, and Support. Her commitment to innovation and strategic thinking has played a crucial role in contributing to BNSF Railway's continued growth and success.

Kalisha has earned recognition as one of the 2023 TOP 15 INFLUENTIAL WOMEN in Diversity, highlighting her role as a guide for organizations on their path toward embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as fundamental principles of both human and organizational success.

Actively engaged in discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Kalisha regularly participates in events such as the Dallas CHRO Executive Summit and the NTX Annual DEI Summit. She firmly believes that fostering a sense of "Belonging" transcends boundaries and is essential for accelerating diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.

Kalisha's educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from Ottawa University, along with a Master of Business Administration from Washburn University and a Master of Management Information Systems from Friends University.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Kalisha is deeply committed to community development. She has served as an Executive Team Member at The Fort Worth (TX) Chapter Links, Incorporated, for over a decade and actively contributes to the National Association of Railway Business Women, advocating for excellence in the railway industry.