Abby Hayes

Practice Leader, DEI Client Engagement, Real Chemistry

Abenaa Hayes


Abenaa Hayes is a Practice Leader of Inclusion and Health Equity at Real Chemistry, which focuses on leveraging insights-based, culturally relevant counsel to inform DE&I, multi-cultural and health equity programming.

The daughter of health equity pioneers in the Caribbean, Abby’s work is grounded in a personal commitment to community health and wellbeing. An industry champion of racial equity over the course of her 20+ year career, she’s played pivotal roles in leading DE&I initiatives and driving thought leadership for several leading agencies.

Abby holds an MA in broadcast journalism from USC and an honors BA from McGill University in Montreal. A tenured full professor. Accomplished student-centered senior administrator at national professional doctoral university and two comprehensive doctoral research universities. A PR Week Hall of Fame Inductee, Plank Center Milestones in Mentoring Award Winner, 2012 recipient of Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Nationally recognized leader and scholar in communications and diversity with award-winning teaching ability incorporating new technologies. Experienced, collaborative academic and research leader. Innovative fundraiser and fiscally sound budget manager. Data-driven, visionary strategic planner known for successfully establishing relationships with the business and university communities.