Risha Grant

Risha Grant

Diversity Done Differently

Motivated by her passion to correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, and classism, it’s Risha Grant’s personal mission to show the value of diversity and inclusion, as well as the economic impact it creates. 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 acceptance and honour 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. Those audiences 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.


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 Grant 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, Grant’s approach helps attendees to understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged.

Attendees will leave with:

  • An understanding of Diversity and 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 Grant shares applicable tips and strategies to take your company’s culture to the next level.

Attendees will learn:

  • Keys to attract and retain top diverse talent.
  • Strategies to showcase how an inclusive culture provides a competitive advantage.
  • Items important to establishing an 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 of business sustainability, a competitive advantage, a constantly changing economy, and trillions in buying power.

During this session, Risha Grant 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 learn how to:

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

Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations

Unpack the BS (bias synapse) in your organization, so that you can begin to build authentic relationships.

Risha Grant hosts a fun, engaging, and interactive live webinar for your employees that includes three modules of training to help assess the cultural and organizational barriers blocking your employees and business from authentic change. This includes:

  1. Get Rid of the BS (Bias Synapse)
  2. Get Rid of the BS to Build an Inclusive Culture
  3. Micro-Aggressions: Negative Messages, Positive Changes

Through this three-step process, participants will be able to identify, own, and confront their bias while learning to build an inclusive culture and understand the micro-aggressions that keep us irritated and frustrated with each other.

Along with live hosting, this webinar includes:

  • PDF downloads.
  • Course terms.
  • Key messages.
  • Reflection questions.

This virtual workshop runs 60-75 minutes.