Top 10 Diversity & Inclusion Speakers: Driving Creativity, Innovation, and Workplace Satisfaction
Organizations are quickly realizing the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace: creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving, to name a few. Lavin’s Top 10 Diversity & Inclusion Speakers help companies overcome their implicit biases, work across different cultures, and empower employees to be their most authentic selves—leading to healthier and happier corporate environments.
What does it mean to be an American, and who are we to one another? From corporate boardrooms to the halls of congress, public policy expert Heather McGhee teaches audiences that diversity is our greatest asset. With deep empathy and a passion for story-telling, McGhee’s diversity talks focus on overcoming racial bias to achieve transformative organizational change.
A contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and a regular fixture on CNN, diversity speaker Wajahat Ali advocates for greater cultural and racial diversity across America. His vigorous political talks are infused with humor and cleverness, spurring older audiences to join the next generation in their quest for social change.
Award-winning journalist, author of Rage Becomes Her, and notable diversity speaker Soraya Chemaly is an advocate for emotional expression. In her talks, she shows audiences how they can create an inclusive workplace—one that values emotional intelligence and freedom of speech—to break down unconscious biases and foster equality.
For Anthony Jack, acceptance doesn’t equal inclusion. As an Assistant Professor at Harvard and the author of The Privileged Poor, Jack examines how elite colleges routinely fail the disadvantaged students they admit. Informed by his landmark research, his talks focus on how educational institutions can bridge the social and economic gaps on campus and give all students a fair chance.
Creator and noteworthy diversity speaker Gabby Rivera is writing the change she wants to see in the world with Marvel’s new series America, featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero ever. Rivera, who is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, is invested in empowering diverse artists to tell their own stories. Her talk on Radical Creativity imagines a world in which differences are celebrated, not feared.
Drawing on thirty years of experience in the male-dominated world of software engineering, Autodesk’s Minette Norman speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. While the corporate world may be able to recruit diverse talent, she explains, they struggle to retain them by not focusing enough on inclusion and belonging. Her diversity and inclusion keynotes show that success, vibrancy, and innovation depend on workplaces that whole-heartedly embrace difference.
Once an at-risk youth himself, Bill Strickland had a dream of empowering underprivileged communities to achieve economic success and prosperity. As a result, he founded Manchester Bidwell, an acclaimed arts and training institution in his native Philadelphia. Now a celebrated diversity speaker, Strickland speaks about the importance of leadership in creating a culture of acceptance and understanding.
Engineer Susan Fowler rose to notoriety after publishing a personal essay outlining the harassment she experienced working at Uber. Named Person of the Year by both Time Magazine and the Financial Times, Fowler has become a central figure of the #MeToo movement. Today, she speaks to audiences about cultivating an inclusive workplace culture that serves all of its employees equally.
Leadership and Inclusion consultant Ritu Bhasin champions authenticity as a key indicator of success and happiness in the workplace. Productivity, engagement, and satisfaction are all strengthened when people feel empowered to be their authentic selves at work, Bhasin argues, and her talks focus on giving leaders the tools, skills, and language they need to build inclusive environments.
Director of MIT Media Lab’s new Community Biotechnology Initiative, David Kong has made it his mission to make biotech more accessible to all. He redirects energy and attention away from the usual suspects—corporate and university labs—to grassroots varieties that are available (and appealing) to people who might otherwise never encounter biotechnology. His talks champion diversity and inclusion in STEM as a means of fueling innovation.