Congress LIVE! Final Keynote Sets Sights on Diversity and Inclusion

 Published: October 30, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer


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2020 has brought Diversity and Inclusion to the forefront. Amplifying and bringing to light pre-existing issues in our countries workforce. Risha Grant will address these concerns along with solutions as she brings AARC Congress LIVE! to a close as our 2020 closing keynote speaker. This event is approved for 1.0 CRCE credits. 

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Get Rid of the BS

Whether implicit or conscious, bias is the number one threat to humanity and any company’s success. Throughout this session, Risha Grant allows attendees to authentically explore 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 easily understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged.

Risha Grant will wrap up AARC Congress LIVE! on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4:15 p.m. (CST).

Risha Grant teaches Diversity & Inclusion through the lens of humanity using terms like BS or Bias Synapse as a way to explain our brain’s involvement in the processing and validation of bias.

Attendees will leave this talk with:

  • An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
  • A thorough awareness of their biases
  • A realization of how their biases originated
  • A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias
  • Tools to address bias internally and externally
  • Tips to navigate the “hot spots” of workplace diversity

About Congress LIVE!

AARC Congress is our premier educational and networking event each year, and for 2020, we’re offering you a four-day virtual event. Congress LIVE! includes learning tracks spread across four days — Nov. 18, 20, Dec. 3 and 5. With 19.55 CRCE available, topics and events cover all respiratory therapy specialties, along with student and early professional opportunities. You will also get the chance to explore the virtual exhibit halls, checking out the latest industry products and services. Register early for your best deal.

About Risha Grant

Motivated by her passion to correct societal isms like racism, sexism, classism and plain old
stupidism, it is Risha’s personal mission to expose the value of Diversity & Inclusion while
shining a light on the economic impact it creates. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to
growing a small business and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects

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 as NBC KJRH’s community correspondent and host of the Risha Talks series. Through her Tulsa World column, Risha Talks and as a contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, she has motivated and educated numerous corporations, associations, and universities. In her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets and her corresponding “BS” Video Series, Risha has led audiences to new places of respect and understanding. These audiences have included Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA Diversified Financial Group, Boy Scouts of America, U.S. Airforce, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, University of Oklahoma and Roger Williams University, to name a few.

She has been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black
Enterprise, Engage Magazine, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio, The Dream Catcher
podcast, Money for Life podcast, DJC Oregon Newspaper, The Kansas City Star, WUSA-TV,
KVUE-TV, KTLU-TV, WURD Radio, among other local and national media. Risha has also been
awarded numerous honors such as being named a 2019 Top 100 HR Influencer by Engagedly,
a 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award Winner and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

Through her interactive keynotes and deep-dive training sessions, Risha teaches and
empowers attendees with D&I tools to increase their bottom line and permission to get rid of
their BS.

Email with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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