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Ivory Dorsey, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

Ivory Dorsey

    A Multi-Dimensional Speaker Helping Organizations and Individuals Respond to the Challenge of Change.
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$7,500 - $10,000

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Ivory Dorsey - "The Winds of Change"

Ivory Dorsey - "The Winds of Change"

Ivory Dorsey is President/Founder of an Atlanta based Speaking, Training, and Consulting firm helping organizations and individuals respond to the challenge of change. Her firm is most noted for the customized approach to training and the authenticity of approach to sensitive areas such as teambuilding, leadership, and awareness training. In this capacity, Ivory serves a diverse clientele including Fortune 500 companies, progressive small and medium sized companies, local, state, and federal governments, professional associations, and a host of other progressive organizations and individuals. 

As an independent contractor since 1984, Ivory has witnessed unprecedented change in the American workplace. Competition is driving the way we do business and we must govern ourselves accordingly. She believes that Universal Appeal is the only real competitive strategy to be undertaken by individuals and organizations if we are to be competitive. Ivory is a multi-dimensional nationally known speaker, trainer, author and facilitator bringing broad-based expertise derived from more than 20 years of diverse assignments. Ivory's background includes 10 years with Xerox Corporation in Houston and Dallas, Texas, as well as Atlanta. Prior to Xerox, Ivory was a business education teacher, and a support professional.

Ivory is a standing guest host of a local Atlanta radio talk show, and also to her credit, she has hosted a show entitled: “Compelling Realities in the Changing Workplace,” broadcast from Providence, R.I. Ivory is an active leader in numerous professional organizations. She is a member of the National and Georgia Speakers Association, the American Society of Training and Development, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Atlanta, etc. She is a Past President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. She has been featured on several Television Programs and contributes articles to several Major Publications. She served on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Partners In Business and Education Advisory Board, the 1995 Director of the Annual Speakers School for the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association, and as past Vice-Chairwoman of the Governor's Small and Minority Business Advisory Committee under Governor Joe Frank Harris. Ivory served on the Core Training Team for the Atlanta Project led by President Jimmy Carter, and the Overall Chairperson for the 1993 "Arts Alive" event sponsored annually by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and 1994 Nominations Chairwoman for the Boy Scouts of America. She was recognized as the 2000 Distinguished Former Resident by the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce in Louisiana. She is also involved in other professional and business associations. 

Ivory's recent honors include: The 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern University, The 1995 Atlanta Area Alumnus Achievers in Business from Southern University, The 1994 G. Leon Netterville Alumni Award in Business from Southern University. She is also the recipient of the 1991 Trailblazer Award For Enhancing The Status of Women by the Top Ladies of Distinction. Among many Who's Who inductions, she is a member of Sterling Who's Who. She is the recipient of the 1994 Professional Development award from the American Society for Training and Development. Ivory is a business education graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, class of 1990. 

To book Ivory Dorsey call Exectutive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.


Ivory is always monitoring current events.  She has been described as a barometer of change.  She will customize a message based on the current events in your arena. 


There is so much going on among us; We can’t change what is going on, to be aware is the challenge.  Ivory is “aware” of this and is willing to work with you to create the proper response to the human issues present within all progressive team.


Ivory believes there is only one approach to Diversity and it is: “DIVERSITY, COMPETITION & YOUR BOTTOM LINE." This interactive session will address the topic of Diversity from a pure business perspective.  It will dispute three myths associated with Diversity and shed insights on how the myths evolved.  The three myths are: (1) Diversity is the same as EEO/AA, (2) Diversity is a fad and will go away, and (3) Diversity represents a time for white male bashing.  MYTHS. It will outline why a healthy understanding and embracing of Diversity is a competitive leadership decision and not a social one. It will outline the emerging competitive climate and how regardless of the area of operation, Diversity is a common thread that runs through all areas of business. Communication, collaboration, competitive pressures and Customer expectations are business balls to be juggled.  Juggling requires concentration and distractions are liabilities.  The inability to understand, appreciate, and embrace Diversity is a distraction. This session will create a climate for healthy dialogue so that the participants can elevate their concerns, challenges, and strategies at is related to Diversity. Finally, it will provide healthy tips to a positive approach to Diversity.


Leadership is, in short, “Taking The Road Less Traveled” Ivory believes it starts with the heart.  It is an appropriate belief because the important things in life usually get their origin from the heart.  If we think of love, superior sportsmanship, and of course, leadership—which is the foundation of all organizations, maximum performance is impossible without heart.

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