Speaker


Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices, to being a small business owner, every area of Risha’s life has intersected with diversity. The founder and CEO of an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, Risha’s mission is to show how diversity and communication strategies, tactics, and training can create an inclusive culture in every company and community and, as a result, increase the bottom line.

On stage, Risha draws on her passion, knowledge, and humour to empower attendees to engage with diversity and inclusion in their workplace. Her approach has helped NBA teams, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and companies to reduce internal and external bias, and further their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s modern world.

Risha’s interest in societal “isms” like racism, sexism, ageism, and classism began when she was very young — instead of playing outside, she was inside “playing” school, learning to count, read, and write, just in case her darker skin tone cheated her out of an equal education. She would later learn how experiences like these would feed into her biases and with that realization, Risha planned to change the world.

In addition to her consulting firm, 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.


Permission: Granted to Get Rid of Your BS

Whether implicit or conscious, bias is the number one threat to humanity and any company’s success. If your company’s goal is to create cohesiveness within your organization, increase revenue, be innovative and/or elevate your reputation-the bias in your workforce and community is a roadblock. You know the problem. Permission::Granted is your answer.

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 conversation with:

  • An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
  • A thorough awareness of his/her biases
  • A realization of how his/her 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.

Seminar includes:

  • 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 create a diversity communications strategy for their company.

Attendees will leave this seminar understanding how to:

  • Create a successful diversity communications plan of action
  • Communicate to diverse audiences
  • Market to diverse groups vs. mainstream audiences