Jennifer Brown

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Keynote Descriptions + Learning Goals


As the talent pool becomes more diverse, leaders must understand how to support inclusion. When we activate as aspiring inclusive leaders, our commitment deepens, we begin to get more comfortable being uncomfortable, and we stretch ourselves by being more proactive and public with our voice and actions. 

Jennifer Brown, founder, CEO, and President, Jennifer Brown Consulting, and author of “Inclusion”, and “How to Be an Inclusive Leader” returns to the ROI Summit with a closer look at the Inclusive Leader journey, and potential pitfalls and opportunities along the way.  Jennifer will share tips, learnings, and best practices from her vantage point of why the work of building inclusive cultures starts with each of us, and what we can do on a day-to-day basis to lower our waterlines, recognize and address microaggressions, and activate around our privileges, to further an inclusive organization.  

Reflecting on the conversations ignited last year around inclusion, equity, and belonging, what will the legacy of 2020 be, and how can organizations continue to influence inclusive behaviors and culture—ensuring that talent rising feels truly welcomed and able to thrive?

  1. Expand your awareness of Diversity Dimensions, the Iceberg Model (where we set our own waterline and why) and the role and pervasiveness of “covering” in today’s workplace
  2. Understand intersectionality as a combination of privileged and non-privileged identities. Recognize subtle forms of privilege you may not even recognize you benefit from at work, and how to activate around them
  3. Identify common microaggressions and the best ways to respond, including choosing when to call in vs call out

About Jennifer

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. As the successful Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), Jennifer is responsible for designing workplace strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. Jennifer’s work in talent management, human capital, and intersectional theory has redefined the boundaries of talent potential and company culture. DataBird Business Journal named Jennifer a Top Small Business Female Executive in 2019.

Jennifer envisions inclusive organizations where all of us can thrive. As someone who has experienced both the advantages of privilege and the sting of stigma, Jennifer Brown is boldly redefining what it means to truly belong—in the workplace, in our families, and in our communities. A dynamic keynote speaker, internationally sought-after thought leader, and passionate social equality advocate, Jennifer shares her powerful and unforgettable true story with audiences to help us challenge our assumptions—about ourselves, about leaders, and others—and take inspired action today for a more inclusive tomorrow.

An acclaimed keynoter, Jennifer is the bestselling author of Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award, winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards' Business & Leadership category, and a top SABA 2020 Book Awards Audience Vote. Her popular podcast, The Will to Change, appeared on Feedspot’s Top 15 Diversity And Inclusion Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020, and as Host, Jennifer interviews leading CEOs, bestselling authors, and entrepreneurs about diversity, equity, and inclusion and delivers focused content on how to create organizational change at any level.

Jennifer is a sought-after speaker and expert for leading research institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, as well as multiple business schools, including Kellogg, Columbia Business School, the Owen GSB at Vanderbilt, and University of Wisconsin. She currently serves as Executive in Residence for The University of North Texas’s School of Public Health/MPHA program. Jennifer has spoken at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global D&I Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, SHE Summit, Responsive, the Better Man Conference, INBOUND, ALTSummit, South by Southwest (SXSW), PBWC (Professional BusinessWomen of California), The Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Texas Conference for Women, and HR Transform. As a successful LGBT entrepreneur, Jennifer has been featured in media such as The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, HuffPost Live, CBS, Fox News and many more.