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Ignite Change, Empower Minds,
and Shatter Barriers
with Fearless DEI Champion
Joy Johnson-Carruthers!


Are you tired of sugar-coated presentations that dance around the tough realities of DEI? Brace yourself for a speaker who keeps it real and fearlessly dives into the heart of DEI fears and resistance, bringing about unity and transformative change. Joy Johnson-Carruthers, a renowned authority on DEI, former Police Officer, US Army veteran, and captivating storyteller, is here to challenge the status quo and make a lasting impact on your global audience.

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What people are saying:

Provoking thought and inspiring action

Joy thrives on dismantling barriers and addressing the uncomfortable truths that hinder inclusivity. As a trusted partner to boards and senior leadership teams, she fearlessly guides proactive steps toward a more united and inclusive future.

unparalleled expertise, authenticity and Raw Emotion

With 20+ years of HR experience and national HR and DEI certifications, Joy brings a unique blend of humor and clarity to every engagement. Her authentic storytelling grips audiences and breaks down resistance to create lasting change.

Tailored and transformative sessions

Joy customizes each workshop, presentation, and keynote to confront your organization's specific fears and resistance. Get ready for an edgy and transformative experience that shatters barriers and drives profound impact.

Globally acclaimed

Joy's expertise transcends borders, enriched by international studies in West Africa, Europe, and South Korea. She fearlessly challenges the global conversation around DEI, addressing the uncomfortable yet necessary discussions that drive real change.

Why Choose Joy?

Stellar Clientele

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Amazing discussion, so many GEMS!

- Dionne Ransom

DEI Programs and Events Manager

for Victoria's Secret

Dynamic and engaging speaker. Practical advice that will be immediately useful.

- SHRM National Inclusion
Conference Attendee

There is literally no one more qualified and capable of communicating

this vital message.

- Clay Culwell

Health and Safety at TN

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Recent Keynote Topics

The Inclusive Advantage: Redefining Belonging in Business
In the dynamic landscape of business, the term "belonging" is often misused and
misunderstood. However, forward-thinking organizations recognize that inclusion is the
driving force behind success. Join esteemed thought leader Joy Johnson-Carruthers as she guides leaders to redefine belonging and harness the true power of inclusion in the business world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of why inclusion is the key to unlocking competitive advantage and fostering growth in your business.

  • Learn actionable strategies to create an inclusive culture that nurtures diverse talent, enhances collaboration, and fuels innovation.

  • Discover how to maintain a business-focused approach while prioritizing the well-being and engagement of your employees.

Inclusive Communication: Essential Skills for a Changing World

Effective communication is crucial for fostering inclusion and building strong relationships in today's diverse workplaces.  However, the fear of making mistakes or unintentionally causing harm can hinder dialogue and create barriers to understanding. In this engaging workshop, participants will explore the challenges of inclusive conversations, including common pitfalls and their impact on relationships. Through interactive exercises and facilitated discussions, attendees will learn strategies for improving cultural competence, embracing discomfort, and promoting effective cross-cultural communication.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover intentional communication strategies that promote cultural competency and inclusion.

  • Understand the impact of gaffes, micro-aggressions, and common communication challenges on relationships.

  • Explore the benefits of embracing discomfort and becoming comfortable with navigating differences.

  • Gain insights for enhancing cross-cultural communication to drive organizational effectiveness.

Building Inclusive Cultures: Navigating DE&I Pitfalls for Lasting Success

Ignite the power of inclusion and elevate your organization's DE&I efforts! Join our interactive workshop to embark on a transformative journey toward building inclusive cultures.


In this engaging session, you'll challenge assumptions, collaborate with peers, and take action to remove barriers that hinder progress. Our expert facilitator will guide you through thought-provoking discussions, engaging activities, and real-life case studies, exploring common DE&I pitfalls and gaining practical strategies to foster equity and belonging.


Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to create lasting change for your organization and the communities you serve. Drive positive DE&I success and make a meaningful impact. Take advantage of this opportunity to build inclusive cultures that thrive.

Culture is the key to unlocking organizational success in today's business landscape. Join
acclaimed speaker Joy Johnson-Carruthers as she unravels the mysteries of organizational
culture and shares invaluable insights on building exceptional teams that embody core
values and a shared vision. Revolutionize your approach to organizational success through the power of culture.

Key Takeaways:

  • Master techniques to evaluate your organization's culture and identify areas for improvement.

  • Discover strategies to eliminate toxic behaviors and foster a harmonious work environment.

  • Explore methods for cultivating an authentic culture centered around exceptional customer experiences.

In today's diverse workforce, people from different generations work side by side, each with
their own unique beliefs and work ethic. Inspiring and engaging a multi-generational workforce can be a challenge. Join acclaimed speaker Joy Johnson-Carruthers in this enlightening session as she guides leaders to embrace the power of differences and unlock the potential of their teams.


Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the nuances of today's multi-generational workforce

  • Creating collaboration and synergy across generations

  • Resetting the organizational focus to prioritize employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

In this enlightening presentation, Joy Johnson-Carruthers dispels common misconceptions surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) by highlighting its universal benefits for all individuals within an organization. By embracing differences and fostering an inclusive culture, organizations can unlock their full potential and achieve greater success. Through engaging discussions and real-world examples, this session will empower participants to recognize that DEIB is not exclusive to certain populations but instead creates a thriving environment where everyone can contribute their unique perspectives and talents.


Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing Inclusivity: Understand how DEIB extends to all individuals within the organization, fostering a sense of belonging and amplifying their voices.

  • Shared Benefits: Discover how DEIB positively impacts organizational performance, employee satisfaction, and customer relationships, benefiting all stakeholders.

  • Overcoming Barriers: Learn practical strategies to address fears and misconceptions about DEIB, promoting a collective understanding and commitment to building a stronger, more united organization.

Recently, the term "WOKE" has been coopted and misrepresented by those opposing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts. However, its true essence calls for a proactive stance toward positive change. This thought-provoking presentation examines real-world events and dispels misconceptions, empowering participants to engage in meaningful dialogue and overcome resistance. By understanding the origin and true meaning of "WOKE," attendees will gain the tools to navigate opposition and drive impactful DEIB initiatives within their organizations.


Key Takeaways:

  • Uncover the meaning and power of "WOKE" to catalyze positive change in DEIB work.

  • Identify and address common misconceptions and objections to DEIB initiatives.

  • Learn effective strategies to respond constructively and confidently to opposition.

  • Develop a resilient mindset and stay committed to driving meaningful DEIB progress despite resistance.

Session Overview: Most Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies quickly become a muddled mix of good intentions and poorly communicated goals. Eventually, the entire program implodes or fails to launch. This high-energy session breaks it down, explains why DEI programs fail and gives step-by-step examples of how to fix it.


Key Takeaways:

  • Explore the intersection of workplace DEI and social responsibility.

  • Examine the top five reasons DEI programs fail and how to fix them.

  • Review industry examples that move organizations from good intentions to practical DEI actions

Embark on a transformative journey towards inclusive decision-making by tackling the hidden force that hinders progress: unconscious bias. Join us as we delve into the profound impact of bias on our daily interactions and decision-making processes. Discover practical strategies to disrupt bias and cultivate an environment that embraces diverse perspectives. Prepare to unlock the full potential of high-performing teams and a thriving workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unmasking Unconscious Bias: Explore how bias shapes our perceptions and decision-making.

  • The Ripple Effect: Understand the impact of bias on team dynamics, engagement, and organizational culture.

  • Strategies for Inclusive Decision Making: Gain actionable insights into mitigating bias in recruitment, development, and decision-making processes for enhanced outcomes.


Note: This dynamic presentation features real-life examples and interactive activities that empower you to drive positive change and foster a workplace that champions inclusivity.


Our workforce is changing and will continue to change. You will either lace your shoes up and get in the race or you are going to be left behind.

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