ABOUT RISHA

GET TO KNOW HER

risha grant dribbling a black basketball while wearing a black leather jacket.

I’m delivering powerful cultural transformations.

The first half of my life, I was a baller who shot my way to the Division One level. The second half of my life, I’ve been grindin’ it out in business. Basketball is the reason I love culture and team dynamics.

About Risha Grant

International Speaker & Author

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. She didn’t choose this field, it chose her. Risha Grant is diversity personified: CEO. Entrepreneur. Black. Female. Small-town born and raised. Bisexual. Spiritual. Ex-preacher’s wife. Cusser. Left-handed. Former Division 1 athlete. But these traits alone aren’t what make her one of the most powerful and effective diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experts in the US. Hailed as a “cultural competency genius” and renowned for her storytelling chops, humor, and frank delivery, she has made a career of leading her audiences as well as executives and their teams, politicians, civic leaders, and academic directors around the world to Radical Acceptance through a unique bias-busting process of self-examination and concrete advice on how to behave, lead, and manage businesses more inclusively. 

In her role as a speaker and CEO of a multi-million dollar business, Risha has shifted the hearts and minds of her audiences and clients from around the world, including Google, Levi Strauss, Nestle Purina, Xerox, YouTube, Procter & Gamble, Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy, Intuit, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and Harvard University among others. As she makes the shift from DEI focused to DEI infused, Risha will continue creating cultural transformations.

She’s been featured in various national and international media including Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Harvard Business Review, HR News, The Financial Times, Glamour Magazine UK, Bloomberg Media, and Black Enterprise, among others. She is also the author of two books: That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets and the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, Be Better Than Your BS: How Radical Acceptance Empowers Authenticity and Creates a Culture of Inclusion. 

Risha has received numerous honors such as being named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR, one of the 40 Top Women Keynote Speakers, and made the list of Top 100 HR Experts. She was named as 1 in 9 Speakers Turning Crisis into Opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine, and for three consecutive years been an Engagedly Top 100 HR Influencer and Entrepreneur of the Year.  

Risha will freely admit that she is a work in progress. She occasionally misuses pronouns. She prejudges others. Sometimes she walks in fear. Yet she has consistently striven to focus on love, and made it her mission to use her passion, persistence, knowledge, and experience to dismantle racism, sexism, classism, and plain old stupidism—including her own. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her partner, where when not teaching people how to challenge bias she is busy being the world’s best auntie. 

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