Risha Grant Profile

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, 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.

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.

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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 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 BS 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.

Session 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 on how to create a diversity communications strategy for their company.

Attendees will leave this session understanding how to:
Create a successful diversity communications plan of action
Communicate to diverse audiences
Market to diverse groups vs. mainstream audiences

What People are Saying about Seeing Risha Speak

Rating Entries

“She spoke to over 90 attendees for 10 different Samsung Companies across the USA and Canada. She was inspiring, funny and brutally honest. I really appreciated her ability to tell a story, willingness to share her personal experiences and insight. She was professional and personable.”
– Michelle Manglal-Lan, Sr. Manager – Samsung, North America

“We had Risha Grant in for our International event in Belfast in February 2018, and she was phenomenal. Risha absolutely crushed it, she is amazing, and had incredible impact. Thank you so much!!!”
– Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer – Rapid 7

“Risha Grant is a dynamic and very effective speaker. Her ability to demonstrate the value of Diversity & Inclusion, while providing individuals the opportunity to recognize and examine their own personal beliefs and behaviors, allows her message to truly resonate and live beyond her presentation.”
– Scott Welch, Global Corporate Relations Manager, Columbia Sportswear Company

“Risha’s approach to diversity and expert advice impressed me to say the least. She is articulate, smart and provided a practical approach to improve diversity and easily applicable resources to achieve success.”
– Zohar Ziv, COO, Deckers Outdoor Corporation

“Risha Grant is tenacious in her approach to define and explain diversity from her audience’s point of view. She is the most engaging and interesting speaker with a style of her own that will provoke audiences into learning without being aware.”
– Carolyn Cummings, Director, Employment and Diversity – Boy Scouts of America

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Books by Risha Grant:

That’s B.S.: How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets

Diversity, Inclusion & Unconscious/Implicit Bias – These are words we hear almost daily now. They have become buzzwords for many people and a new revenue stream for many companies. D&I consultants and trainers have popped up to make fast money of those buzzword but this is not the case for Risha Grant. For the past 18 years, in one of the most conservative states in the nation, she has worked tirelessly to educate individuals and companies on the competitive advantage and economic value associated with embracing diversity and inclusion. She is calling BS on your bias synapse with three simple steps to identify, own and confront your bias – her focus is to help you stop making your issues someone else’s fault. Personally, these steps will open your mind to will remove barriers to assist you with creating better products and enhancing your services. Additionally, That’s BS will help business and community leaders with strategies to build an inclusive culture and attract diverse markets.

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