Motivated by her passion to correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, and classism, Risha Grant’s personal mission is to show the subtleties and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the impact they create. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices to growing a small business, every area of Grant’s life intersects with diversity. In her no-holds-barred style, she teaches audiences about unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and other actions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality, and empowers them to foster more inclusive spaces, both at home and work.
The founder and CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion, and bias expert. She’s been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR News, The Financial Times, Glamour, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, among other local, national, and international media. Grant is also the author of That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets.
Grant uses honest, humourous, and vulnerable storytelling to motivate audiences to embrace radical acceptance while honouring 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. Past clients have included Google, Levi Strauss, Nestle Purina, Xerox, YouTube, Procter & Gamble, Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Wells Fargo, USAA, US Airforce, US Navy, Intuit, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and Harvard University, to name a few.
In recognition of her work, Grant has received numerous honours, including being named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR” by PeopleHum in 2021; one of the “40 Top Women Keynote Speakers” by Real Leaders; one of “Nine Speakers Turning Crisis into Opportunity” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2020; one of Engagedly’s “Top 100 HR Influencers” for three consecutive years in 2019, 2020 and 2021; and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017. She has also been awarded the NBA OKC Thunder Changemaker Award and 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award.