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Top Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Speakers

Jessica Welch
Monday, Jun 14, 2021

Celebrate Juneteenth With a Lesson in Diversity

This year Juneteenth is being celebrated in staggering numbers across the nation. Although more and more people are learning about Juneteenth and honoring this day of remembrance, it is still only just reaching parts of our nation.

For those who aren’t familiar with the not-yet-nationally-recognized holiday, it is a celebration of the true end of slavery. On June 19th, 1865—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued to end slavery—slaves in Texas were finally notified of the proclamation that abolished slavery and immediately started praying, dancing, singing, and feasting. Since then, June 19th has been celebrated as the day of emancipation in Texas, which is currently the only state to recognize it as a paid holiday.

Learning a history never taught in the classrooms and broadening our view of this country and its history is the first step to creating a truly diverse and equitable country. And what better way to celebrate this holiday than to learn from a Diversity Expert and challenge your own world views. Here are our Top Diversity Speakers who are working to make a change in our country every day.

Lenora Billings-Harris, Internationally Recognized Speaker on Diversity, Inclusion, and Bias

2020058133946Lenora-Certified.png (20 KB)Lenora is a Speaking Hall-of-Fame Inductee, a recipient of the Council of Peers Award of Excellence, and an internationally recognized authority in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and bias. She addresses the hard conversations in a way that encourages immediate change and promotes a sustainably inclusive work environment that attracts top talent.

She speaks on disrupting biases in the workplace and in our daily lives to remove barriers to innovation and create bridges of connection. She also coaches leaders to go beyond the inclusion illusion and create better places to work for their employees, as well as how to diminish cultural collisions through courageous conversations.

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, Historian, Sociologist, and Social Epidemiologist

2021253142123Headshot2-17-.png (15 KB)Dr. Jenkins keenly delivers evidence-based solutions to dismantle the effects of racism from health, healthcare, and healthcare decision-making. Dr. Kevin articulates his real-life experiences and enduring knowledge through powerful presentations, lasting empathy, and straight talks to lead strategies focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion-to-action.

Acknowledged as a national authority in racism in medicine, Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins has received a wide range of acclamation and recognition. His contributions have focused on breaking the social stigmas relating to racial injustice in the fields of healthcare. His efforts in analyzing the link between racial stress and vascular-based diseases & Alzheimer’s disease have received an extensive commendation from the leading health and education authorities.

With his background ranging across many fields of racial studies, he views race in America with a holistic lens that he wants to share with you.

Risha Grant, Award-Winning D&I Consultant & International Speaker

20191411181747RishaGrant1-cropped.jpg (24 KB)Risha is the Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker and author. In her latest book, That's BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets, she creates a three-step program to uncover bias and address it head on.

In addition to helping you address unconscious biases, she will also help you make impactful changes within your organization to attract a more diverse market and speak to them in meaningful ways.

Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, America's First Black Female Combat Pilot

2019281185042Vernice-FlyGirl-Armour-in-Flight-Jacket.jpg (25 KB)Vernice uses her experience as a former Marine, Police Officer, and the first Black female Combat Pilot to guide your company through a cultural shift to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. She is the author of Zero to Breakthrough, a novel in which she helps people find their own power to excel exactly as they are.

In addition to her book, she also speaks on creating a powerful company culture built on trust and working together, and getting gutsy to make a big breakthrough.

Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work

20211560136022020097174319Michael-C-Bush.jpg (18 KB)Michael is CEO of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the World’s Best Workplaces list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list, the Best Workplaces for Diversity list, and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world.

He serves on the board for Workday and is a former member of President Obama’s White House Business Council in addition to a founding board member of the private equity seed-fund, Fund Good Jobs, which invests in small inner-city businesses. Michael speaks on creating innovation through inclusivity and building a great place for everyone to work.

Gloria Goins, Former Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Bon Secours Health System

2019291201400Gloria-Goins.jpg (31 KB)Gloria is the former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health System, the nation’s 5th largest Catholic healthcare system. Under Gloria’s leadership, DiversityInc recognized Bon Secours as one of the 10 best healthcare systems, for three consecutive years. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Gloria herself as one of the 15 chief diversity officers in healthcare to know.

She is responsible for creating two world-class Diversity and Inclusion organizations from their very inception. Gloria served as the very first vice president of diversity for Cingular Wireless and the very first Chief Diversity Officer at The Home Depot. She speaks on the true cost of unconscious bias and its effect on the healthcare industry.

Dr. Shirley Davis, HR and Diversity & Inclusion Global Thought Leader

2021156011803Headshot2-56-.png (28 KB)Dr. Davis has been the former Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for several major Fortune 100 companies. She is also President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., a strategic development solutions firm that specializes in HR strategy development, talent management, organization transformation, diversity & inclusion, implicit bias, leadership coaching, and personal and professional reinvention.

Her keynotes include: Reinvent Yourself for Ultimate Success Stories, The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion, 10 Workforce Trends That are Keeping CEOs Up At Night, Women in the Global Workforce, Getting a Seat at the Table, 21st Century Leadership for a 21st Century Workforce, and many more.


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