Charla has worked as a diversity consultant with a number of private and public sector organizations, and has focused her career on assisting under-represented community members to gain their "voice" and sustainable employment.
She has as her goal to work with employers to develop a positive environment for diversity within their workplace. Charla has an extensive background in employment equity and is known for her work in developing and delivering effective cultural competency workshops.
As an Employment Counsellor at the Women's Employment Outreach, she has developed and facilitated a number of initiatives designed to provide African Canadian Women with the tools required to address their needs. While at the Nova Scotia Community College, Ms. Williams provided instruction in African Canadian studies, communications, and career skills. As the Diversity Programs Coordinator with the Halifax Regional Municipality, she developed and implemented Employment Equity, Race Relations and Diversity Programs and Policies which resulted in increased participation of women, racially visible persons, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities in the workforce.
Charla is a committed community volunteer and sits and has sat on several national, provincial, and local committees. Currently, Ms. Williams is the Chair of the Halifax African Nova Scotian Employment Network (HANSEN). She also sits as a member of the African Nova Scotian Employability Table, which is supported by Employment Nova Scotia, to advise on the Labour Market Development Agreement and tasked with identifying programs and services that will attach African Nova Scotians to the workforce. She is the Founding President of the Nova Scotia Employment Equity Practitioner Association.
Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from Dalhousie University and has continued with her Professional Development throughout her career.