Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.
Abdul's research is focused on the perceptions of mentoring and the role of Cultural Intelligence within mentoring relationships. For several years, he has taught leadership courses for undergraduate students. Abdul is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which helps people better connect in individual and team settings through leadership seminars, keynotes, and mentoring.
Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He is an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, Travel/Impact/Growth, and Civic Eagle. In 2016, Abdul was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs". Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan and is a sucker for a good TV show and an avid sports fan.
The journey of leadership begins with YOU. The “you” in Leadership seminars and keynotes provide opportunities for individuals to question and discover how personal characteristics and experiences play out in leadership approaches and interactions when working in groups and teams.
The “you” in Leadership seminars and keynotes cover a wide variety of leadership topics that impact leaders and provide concrete ways in which leaders can utilize Cultural Intelligence to enhance relationships. The seminars and keynotes are highly interactive and provide a high energy and thoughtful environment.
Bias training is in high-demand for AMO Enterprise and the nation. As such, we have developed targeted training for participants to explore, understand, and acknowledge their biases. Based on Howard Ross' popular research, we know that the goal is not to rid ourselves of biases; but rather, to neutralize, pivot, and run towards our biases to shift our responses in situations where biases exist. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a great complement to biases. CQ is used to help participants better connect with others as well as a way to combat bias. Cultural Intelligence also explores the importance of mindfulness in our day-to-day interactions, particularly when developing and fostering relationships.
Dr. Omari’s research underscores the importance of intentionality in mentoring. Based on his research, Abdul helps organizations design new or redesign existing mentoring programs from a mentee-centered approach and provides training for mentors. Programmatically, organizations that practice mentoring need to have well-defined approaches, expectations, and phases of mentoring relationships.