Risha Grant

Expert Diversity Consultant | Founder and CEO of the Award-Winning Diversity Consulting and Communications  Firm, Risha Grant LLC


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.

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In unrelated news, Risha’s firm is the first of its kind in Oklahoma.


Get Rid of the BS & Build An Inclusive Culture

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 elevate your reputation-the bias in your workforce and community is a roadblock. You know the problem. Getting Rid of the BS is your answer.


Throughout this session, Diversity & Inclusion speaker Risha Grant allows attendees to 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 understand the concept, without feeling bored, judged or blamed. 


Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:


  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • A thorough awareness of biases
  • A realization of how biases originated
  • A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias
  • Tools to address bias internally and externally
  • Benefits of Building a Culture of Inclusion
  • The stuff she thinks is important (that you should write down) as you establish your inclusive culture
Get Rid of the BS to Attract Diverse Markets

Companies need to know how to get diverse customers to buy their products and services. Why?

Because of business sustainability, competitive advantage, a constantly changing economy and trillions in buying power. During this session, D&I Speaker Risha Grant will share with attendees the keys to effectively engage various diverse groups and provide them with tips to increase their bottom line.


Biases are always working against you in business. During this session, Risha will teach attendees to examine their own decision-making processes and identify ways to minimize biases in order to attract diverse markets and increase sales. With a majority of diverse communities holding $14 trillion in disposable income, Risha makes the case for how profitability and diversity can coexist. This session will review the benefits of advertising and marketing to diverse communities in order to attract them to your company’s products and services.


Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:


  • How unconscious bias keeps companies from recruiting diverse candidates
  • How to reach diverse candidates through unconventional methods
  • Marketing ideas for recruiting diverse candidates
  • The buying power of diverse groups
Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BS

Empower Authenticity, Confront Bias and Create a Culture of Inclusion through Radical Acceptance.


This speech will help audiences and individuals to understand Radical Acceptance and how their BiaSphere, Belief Systems, and BS stop them from welcoming and embracing all of humanity, including their own. Our BS shapes how we feel about ourselves, how we perceive the world, and how we interact with others. Radical acceptance teaches that through authenticity we can connect with others on a deeper level, and create a culture of acceptance and belonging. Mental health and psychological safety are more important now than ever before in the workplace, and companies who create an environment where everyone is allowed to be themselves without fear of rejection, are at the cutting edge of what it means to be an innovative and profitable place to work.


Risha’s honest, memorable and practical presentation on Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BiaSphere, Belief Systems, and BS blends together stories from her life experiences as a bisexual black woman, former division one athlete, and small business owner to teach audiences how their diversity can become their superpower! Learn how your own behaviors can be shaped by your own BiaSphere, which includes all of the subconscious beliefs, thoughts, feelings and emotions you have about yourself and the rest of the world around you. Radical Acceptance: Be Better Than Your BS will provide your audience members with the awareness and education to help them become better leaders, employees, colleagues, and people.


Attendees will leave this keynote understanding:


  • The power of authenticity to shift company culture
  • How to use diversity as a competitive advantage
  • The psychological need for belonging
  • How our BiaSphere has shaped our view of the world
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