Our speakers offer invaluable insight and take-aways to give to your organization. The truth is that today’s complex business problems demand a range of viewpoints to get solved. And organizations that do not value an array of perspectives lose growth opportunities and suppress innovation. That’s the value of having a diverse workforce. Diversity in itself isn’t the goal, however. It’s the outcome of the organization’s efforts to be inclusive: to cast a wide net for talent and to value people in whatever package they come in. In these presentations, you will come to better understand what organizations can do to create inclusive cultures—from hiring to professional development, retention and succession planning.
Introducing our newest speakers:
Michelle MiJung Kim
Queer Korean American immigrant woman writer, speaker, activist, and entrepreneur.
She is the award-winning author of The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change, winner of the 2022 Nautilus Gold Medal and 2021 Porchlight Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the Year Award.
Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and has served on a variety of organizations such as the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Advisory Committee, LYRIC nonprofit’s Board of Directors, and Build Tech We Trust Coalition. She currently serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE).
Dr Ryan C. Warner
To some, Ryan’s personal uniqueness may have been seen as a significant disadvantage, but for him it is a sole contributor to his authentic spirit. As a Black male who experienced early discrimination and learning challenges while being raised in a single-parent home, Ryan was pushed to overcome many hurdles to succeed. Today, Ryan uses his past experiences as fuel to facilitate motivation, change, and impact for the clients he serves. As a globally recognized speaker, award-winning psychologist, published scholar, and military Veteran, Ryan is passionate about assisting teams with creating a culture of inclusion to maximize their potential.
Christy Pruitt-Haynes is a well-respected speaker, author, and C-Suite Collaborator based in Nashville, TN who combines 25 years of executive-level Human Resources, Diversity, and Leadership Development expertise with a healthy dose of profound strategy and results-focused resourcefulness to create innovative organizations and highly effective leaders. Pruitt-Haynes has worked with leading organizations including Starbucks, Dollar General, Nissan, Vanderbilt University, the International Conference on Diversity, and more. Whether on a stage giving a TEDx talk, a keynote to 1,000+ member audiences, or meeting one-on-one with a CEO, Christy adds a fresh perspective that leads to actionable “aha moments.” Her trusted insights can regularly be found in Business Insider, The Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company, among others.
Joquina Reed is a J.E.D.I (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) practitioner and owner of JReed Consulting LLC.
She holds an M.A in Communication Studies and formerly held a dual faculty administrator role at Louisiana State University as the Director of Forensics. It has been her deepest honor to be an aunt, educator, published researcher, conference presenter, and keynote speaker She is also the creator behind the Divesting from Whiteness and Please Say Black podcasts and curator of The AntiBlackness Reader project.
As a workshop facilitator and Design Thinker, I’ve been creating hierarchy-free, psychologically safe spaces with empathy and creativity since 2010. For PwC, I launched a Design Thinking program for over 10,000 people. The results? Employees found their VOICE. Introverts SPOKE UP. Leaders changed their CULTURE. My improv skills help. So does my background in UX, an obsession with stick figures, and four marathons.
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Want to explore further? Find our complete list of speakers on our website. If you’re planning an upcoming event, please reach out anytime – we are happy to jump on a call to help you craft the perfect event.