“I’ll help you identify, own and confront your BS!”
About Risha Grant
Companies don’t have diversity problems. They have people problems. I solve your people problems.
Motivated by her passion to correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism, it is Risha Grant’s personal mission to expose the subtleties and values of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion while shining a light on the impacts they create. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to growing a small business and tackling economic, moral, and business issues, every area of her life intersects diversity.
Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, as well as an edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics through different media including Risha Talks, her online courses and in her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets.
Risha uses honest, humorous, and vulnerable storytelling to motivate audiences to embrace the inner tough work of Radical Acceptance while honoring 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.
These audiences have included Google, Levi Strauss, Nestle Purina, Xerox, YouTube, Procter & Gamble, Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy, Intuit, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and Harvard University, to name a few.
She’s been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR News, The Financial Times, Glamour Magazine UK, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio, The Dream Catcher podcast, Money for Life podcast, among other local, national and international media.
Risha has received numerous honors such as being named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR by PeopleHum in 2021, 40 Top Women Keynote Speakers by Real Leaders, NBA OKC Thunder Changemaker Award and Top 100 HR Expert as well as 1 in 9 Speakers Turning Crisis into Opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine in 2020, three years consecutive Engagedly Top 100 HR Influencers in 2019, 2020 and 2021, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.
In her no-holds-barred style, renowned diversity and inclusion thought leader Risha Grant teaches and empowers attendees about unconscious bias, micro-aggressions and other actions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. Audiences leave with easily applied principles for finding respect, understanding and inclusion both personally & professionally.
Awards and Honors
One of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR • 40 Top Women Keynote Speakers by Real Leaders • Top 100 HR Expert • 1 in 9 Speakers Turning Crisis Into Opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine • Top 100 HR Influencer • Top 20 Inclusive Workplace Cultures • 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year — Women of Color Expo • YWCA Woman of Moxie • WNBA Tulsa Shock/Williams Women of Inspiration Honoree • Top Ten Entrepreneur • Top Four to Watch • 40 under 40 • State of Oklahoma Achievers Under 40 • Named Influential African American in Tulsa • State of Oklahoma Small Business Journalist of the Year • Small Business Journalist of the Year Region IV (OK, TX, LA, AR, NM) • Young Careerist of the Year
Am I the right speaker?
Dancing around a topic is not my forte. I like to wade right into your BS (and mine) to explain how bias is a roadblock to acceptance and inclusion. Please understand that I may not be a fit for every company and every company is not a fit for me. So, in the interest of getting rid of the BS, here’s a little information to save your time and ours.
I’m a perfect match if…
- You value honesty and “real” talk
- You are open to exploring how D&I can add value to your company
- You are open to listening to understand and not to reply
- You want personal & professional change
- You are seeking a culture of inclusion
- You want to be innovative and increase your bottom line
We will never make it if…
- Surface-level communication is what you want
- You are closed-minded
- You do not want real change
- You do not want to create a culture of inclusion
- You are looking to check a box
Diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace.
A 2011 Forbes study surveyed 321 large global enterprises (companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue) and found that 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace.