Her interest in societal-isms like racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism and plain old stupidism began when she was very young, instead of playing outside, she was inside “playing” school — or more accurately — learning to count, read and write, just in case her darker skin tone cheated her out of an equal education. Risha would later learn how experiences like these would feed into her biases and with that realization, Risha planned to change the world, starting with the reddest state in the nation.
Today, Risha is the Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm. Their mission is to utilize diversity communication strategies, tactics and training as a catalyst to create an inclusive culture in every company and community. Additionally, Risha created DiversityConneX.com, a highly successful online recruitment tool utilized by both small organizations and Fortune 500 companies to connect diverse professionals to their career opportunities, internships, and non-profit and corporate board positions.
As an international speaker, Risha uses passion, knowledge and humor to empower attendees to increase their bottom line by giving them tools to get rid of their B.S. Based on her book That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets. The engaging approach of her consulting and training has helped governors, NBA teams, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and companies to reduce bias and further the understanding of Diversity & Inclusion.
- Permission: Granted to Get Rid of Your BS
America has finally erupted from the inhumanity of racism. All across America cities are burning, people are hurting, angry, confused, sad and quite frankly, just exhausted at being treated less than who they are. You can count on the fact that these same feelings will show up in the workplace; they won’t stay at home and politely wait until we get back in the evening. At work, we still have to show up, meet goals and work together. We can’t navigate these feelings by ignoring them. As you know, that is why we are here today. Historically, organizations have led D&I by focusing on the business case or economic impacts, but it’s time to focus on the moral case. Racism is not an issue for black people to solve, it is a human issue and one that some of your members encounter as a way of life. Take this time to unpack the BS in your organization, so that you can begin to listen, connect, and build authentic relationships.
Throughout this session, Risha allows attendees to express their biases, while giving them easily applicable tools to get over them, however screwed up they may be. Although diversity can often be an uncomfortable topic, Risha’s approach helps attendees to understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged.Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:
•An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
•A thorough awareness of biases
•A realization of how biases originated
•A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias
•Tools to address bias internally and externally
•Tips to navigate bias in the workplace
- Permission: Granted to Build an Inclusive Culture
Building an inclusive culture is imperative to business success. Learn the keys to creating a culture that welcomes all employees, boosts retention and productivity. During this talk, Risha shares applicable tips and strategies to take your company’s culture to the next level. Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:
•Keys to attract and retain top diverse talent
•Strategies to showcase how an inclusive culture provides a competitive advantage
•Stuff she thinks is important (that you should write down) as you establish your inclusive culture
- Permission: Granted to Attract Diverse Markets
Companies need to know how to get diverse customers to buy their products and services. Why? Because business sustainability, competitive advantage, a constantly changing economy and trillions in buying power. During this session, Risha will share with attendees the keys to effectively engage various diverse groups and provide them with tips to increase their bottom line. Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:
•Create a successful diversity communications plan of action
•Communicate to diverse audiences
•Market to diverse groups vs. mainstream audiences