Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to being a young, small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity.
Her interest in societal isms like racism, sexism, ageism, classism and plain old stupidism began when she was very young, instead of playing outside, she was inside “playing” school — or more accurately — learning to count, read and write, just in case her darker skin tone cheated her out of an equal education. Risha would later learn how experiences like these would feed into her biases and with that realization, Risha planned to change the world, starting with the reddest state in the nation.
Today, Risha is the Founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm. Their mission is to utilize diversity communication strategies, tactics and training as a catalyst to create an inclusive culture in every company and community. Additionally, Risha created DiversityConneX.com, a highly successful online recruitment tool utilized by both small organizations and Fortune 500 companies to connect diverse professionals to their career opportunities, internships, and non-profit and corporate board positions.
As a national speaker, Risha uses passion, knowledge and humor to empower attendees to increase their bottom line by giving them tools to get rid of their B.S. The engaging approach of her consulting and training has helped governors, NBA teams, mayors, Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and companies to reduce bias and further the understanding of Diversity & Inclusion.
Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Twitter
Digital economist and blogger
Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and guest judge on Shark Tank
President of Football Club Barcelona (2003-2010). City counselor for Barcelona (2011-2015).
Vice President Innovation and Creativity Walt Disney Company (2011-2017)
Expert on leadership, coaching, talent and management
Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group.
Editor-in-chief, Wired (2001-2012).
Author, Makers, Free, and The Long Tail
Co-founder and CEO, 3D Robotics