Renowned Diversity & Inclusion Expert
and Bestselling Author
Edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics as NBC KJRH TV News 2 for You community correspondent and host of the JustUs series, through her Tulsa World column, Risha Talks, as a contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, in her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and her corresponding “BS” Video Series.
Diversity and Inclusion
Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to being a young, small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity. Her interest in societal isms like racism, sexism, ageism, classism and plain old stupidism began when she was very young, instead of playing outside, she was inside “playing” school — or more accurately — learning to count, read and write, just in case her darker skin tone cheated her out of an equal education. Risha would later learn how experiences like these would feed into her biases and with that realization, Risha planned to change the world, starting with the reddest state in the nation.
Today, Risha is the Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm. Their mission is to utilize diversity communication strategies, tactics and training as a catalyst to create an inclusive culture in every company and community. Additionally, 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.
She has motivated and educated numerous corporations, associations and universities and lead them to a new place of respect and understanding. These audiences have included Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA Diversified Financial Group, Boy Scouts of America, U.S. Airforce, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, University of Oklahoma and Roger Williams University, to name a few.
As a national speaker, Risha uses passion, knowledge and humor to empower attendees to increase their bottom line by giving them tools to get rid of their B.S. The engaging approach of her consulting and training has helped governors, NBA teams, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and companies to reduce bias and further the understanding of Diversity & Inclusion.
Permission:Granted to Get Rid of Your B.S.
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 authentically 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 easily understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged. Risha Grant teaches Diversity & Inclusion through the lens of humanity using terms like B.S. or Bias Synapse as a way to explain our brain’s involvement in the processing and validation of bias. Attendees will leave this talk with: An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion. A thorough awareness of their biases. A realization of how their biases originated. A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias Tools to address bias internally and externally. Tips to navigate the “hot spots” of workplace diversity.
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 what to say and how to get diverse customers to buy their products and services. Why? Because business sustainability, competitive advantage, a constantly changing economy and about $14 trillion in buying power. During this session, Risha will share with attendees the keys to effectively engaging various diverse groups and provide them with tips to create a diversity communications strategy for their company. You 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.
All Risha Grant Books
That’s B.S.: How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse MarketsPurchase Book
People thought she was very engaging and were very excited by the conversation: • “Great energy, very insightful. Loved the presentation.” • “I thought Risha was a great speaker. I appreciated her humility and openness, it made me feel more comfortable to see myself in the context of the concepts she was explaining”
- Human Resources, Levi Strauss & Co. |
Risha provided an excellent presentation that had record attendance - with some of the highest evaluations ever. Risha’s presentation teed up a critical conversation for our membership, one that we plan on continuing. Thank you for helping make it a success.
- CEO, The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) |
I just want to take the time to sincerely thank you for everything. This entire process has been seamless, Risha's management office assisting with the facilitation, to Risha’s incredible presentation. Our employees have already expressed such incredible feedback and appreciation for Risha’s session, and that means so much to us as an organization. Again, THANK YOU all for the part you have played in ensuring we had a successful event.
- HR Operations Analyst, NICE Systems |