DEI Expert, leadership, Resilience, and Workplace Culture Expert Shola Richards

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DEI Expert, leadership, Resilience, and Workplace Culture Expert Shola Richards

DEI Expert Shola Richards’ life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work. Shola is an advocate, a one-man counsel, and a humanitarian hardwired for positivity, who (ironically) speaks, coaches, consults, and authors books on the shadowy, often underground, and underestimated subject of workplace bullying, a pernicious reality that, when overlooked, corrodes trust, distorts communication, and ultimately usurps equity from the bottom line by using up a company’s most valuable resource: its people.

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DEI Speaker Shola Richards

Shola Richards approach is to open eyes to the staggering price we pay for normalized, toxic behavior, because we can’t address what we don’t see. His result is people equipped with tangible, doable solutions because we can’t accomplish what we can’t make actionable. His dogma is that everyone deserves a healthy work environment because the quality and meaning of our work suffers when we do.

Through his books (Go Together and Making Work Work) and featured articles that have reached readers in over 160 countries, and through his presentations with institutions that range from Silicon Valley businesses to the Department of Homeland Security, Shola is spearheading a timely revolution that teaches us how to protect the professionalism of our company cultures, the preciousness of our time, the strength of our talents, the dignity of ourselves, and the mutual respect of one another. DEI Expert and noted authority on workplace culture, Shola Richards is a dynamo on podium.

DEI Expert Shola Richards Speech Topics

The Courage To Go Together: Three Questions To Change How You Work, Live And Lead

In his inspiring flagship keynote, Shola will introduce the transformative concept of Ubuntu (pronounced, “oo-BOON-too”) which translates to “I am, because we are.” The Ubuntu philosophy, along with three powerful questions, will provide the audience with actionable strategies to transform their work culture, amplify team civility, and inspire themselves and others to consistently bring their best to their work.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:

  • Searching for proven strategies to strengthen team cohesion and togetherness (despite these deeply divisive and polarized times) in order to maintain a healthy workplace culture and optimal business results.
  • Struggling to keep themselves engaged, energized, and positive when managing the nonstop challenges and complexities of life (both inside and outside of the workplace).
  • Feeling as if they do not have the influence, professional title, or education to make meaningful positive change in their organization.

The audience will leave with:

  • The three key questions that they need to ask themselves to increase the likelihood of civil, engaged, and productive work culture.
  • The answers to the most common objections to beginning the important (and challenging) work of positively transforming their work culture.
  • The self-awareness to become mindful of how their words, actions, and behaviors affect others.

Unstoppable Resilience: The Keys To Staying Strong During Any Crisis

This is a uniquely difficult time for leaders and staff in workplaces all over America. A deadly pandemic is barreling through the world, there are deep divisions that have been exposed within our country, parents are being asked to balance working and homeschooling their kids simultaneously, and according to recent studies, Americans are the unhappiest they have been in the past 50 years. Needless to say, navigating all of the aforementioned challenges can have a significant impact on one’s overall resilience and mental health. The Unstoppable Resilience™ keynote provides the audience with the highly-practical strategies to build unshakable strength within themselves and within their teams.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:

  • Feeling overwhelmed with the multiple competing priorities (both at work and at home) that are draining them mentally and emotionally.
  • Experiencing heightened stress levels as they manage the seemingly nonstop onslaught of incoming unpleasant news happening in the world around them.
  • Unsure of how to support their colleagues who may be struggling.

The audience will leave with:

  • The keys to creating a resilient mindset, regardless of the circumstances.
  • The strategy to apply the aforementioned keys to any challenge that the attendees are currently facing (professionally, personally, or otherwise).
  • Three personalized commitments that the attendees will use to build their resilience, and a strategy to stay accountable to their new commitments.

Becoming Anti-Racist: Creating A Culture Of Diversity, Equity And Belonging

It is no longer good enough to not be a racist, whether it’s inside or outside of the workplace. In order to create a culture of diversity, equity, and belonging it will require the willingness to actively work against racism and bias in all of its forms. The highly-engaging Becoming Anti-Racist™ keynote provides the audience with the key tools, strategies, and information necessary to engage in this important work, while also ensuring that the commitment to this work remains long after the keynote ends.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:

  • Ready to create an anti-racist workplace, but don’t know where to begin.
  • Concerned about the current civil unrest, and its impact on BIPOC’s (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) mental health, productivity and overall well-being.
  • Unaware of how to effectively engage in difficult conversations with colleagues and others about race and inequity.

The audience will leave with:

  • The discovery of the history of systemic racism and its impact on the modern-day workplace.
  • Strategies to recognize bias, prejudice, and/or microaggressions in the workplace, and how to address it immediately.
  • The education and the inspiration to stay committed to the ongoing work of anti-racism and anti-bias.


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