Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting, communications and speaking firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant uses honest, humorous, and vulnerable storytelling to motivate audiences to embrace the inner tough work of Radical Acceptance while honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion without evoking feelings of judgement or assigning blame.
Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics through different media including Risha Talks, her online courses and in her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets.
Risha uses honest, humorous, and vulnerable storytelling to motivate audiences to embrace the inner tough work of Radical Acceptance while honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion without evoking feelings of judgement or assigning blame. Her audiences leave with shifted hearts and minds that lead them to treat others with empathy, kindness and compassion.
These audiences have included Google, Levi Strauss, Nestle Purina, Xerox, YouTube, Procter & Gamble, Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy, Intuit, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and Harvard University, to name a few.
She’s been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR News, The Financial Times, Glamour magazine UK, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio, The Dream Catcher podcast, Money for Life podcast, among other local, national and international media.
Risha has received numerous honors such as being named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR by PeopleHum in 2021, 40 Top Women Keynote Speakers by Real Leaders, NBA OKC Thunder Changemaker Award and Top 100 HR Expert as well as 1 in 9 Speakers Turning Crisis into Opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine in 2020, three years consecutive Engagedly Top 100 HR Influencers in 2019, 2020 and 2021, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
In her no-holds-barred style, renowned diversity and inclusion thought leader Risha Grant teaches and empowers attendees about unconscious bias, micro-aggressions and other actions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. Audiences leave with easily applied principles for finding respect, understanding and inclusion both personally & professionally.
- Get Rid of the BS to Attract Diverse Talent
- Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BS
This speech was created to help audiences and individuals to understand Radical Acceptance and how their BiaSphere, Belief Systems, and BS stop them from welcoming and embracing all of humanity, including their own. Our BS shapes how we feel about ourselves, how we perceive the world, and how we interact with others. Radical acceptance teaches that through authenticity we can connect with others on a deeper level, and create a culture of acceptance and belonging. Mental health and psychological safety are more important now than ever before in the workplace, and companies who create an environment where everyone is allowed to be themselves without fear of rejection, are at the cutting edge of what it means to be an innovative and profitable place to work.
Risha’s honest, memorable and practical presentation on Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BiaSphere, Belief Systems, and BS blends together stories from her life experiences as a bisexual black woman, former division one athlete, and small business owner to teach audiences how their diversity can become their superpower! Audiences learn how their own behaviors can be shaped by their own BiaSphere, which includes all of the subconscious beliefs, thoughts, feelings and emotions they have about themselves and the rest of the world around them. Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BS will provide all audience members with the awareness and education to help them become better leaders, employees, colleagues, and people.
Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:
· The power of authenticity to shift company culture
· How to use diversity as a competitive advantage
· The psychological need for belonging
· How our BiaSphere has shaped our view of the world
- 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