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.