Motivated by her passion to fight social issues such as racism, sexism, and classism, Risha Grant’s personal mission is to expose the value of diversity and inclusion and emphasize its impact on the economy. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices to her experience growing a small business and tackling economic issues, every area of her life centers on diversity. 

Founder and CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm, Grant is an educational motivational speaker, author, and 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.

Those audiences include 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.

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, including being named a 2019 Top 100 HR Influencer by Engagedly, a 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award winner, and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

Leveraging her knowledge, passion, and persistence, she has worked with governors, NBA teams, mayors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and other leaders to reduce bias and further the understanding of diversity and inclusion. 


ADDITIONAL MAXX ANNUAL CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Christine Cashen

Emcee, Speaker

MAXX 2021

Phone: 940.489.2411

For more than 20 years, Christine Cashen has dazzled an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. She is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress, and energizing employees. Before hitting the speaking scene, Cashen was a university admissions officer, corporate trainer, and broadcaster. She holds […]

Erica Dhawan

Author & Speaker

MAXX 2021

Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st-century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers,” she is the author of two books: “Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence” and “Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the […]

Dr. Elliot Eisenberg

Economic Public Speaker

MAXX 2021

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant, and educational. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first-class honors from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. He is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a Miami-based […]

Jason Hewlett

Leadership Speaker

MAXX 2021

Having delivered thousands of presentations over two decades, Jason Hewlett is the only speaker in the world teaching leadership through a performance of uncanny musical and comedy impressions, utilizing the legends of stage.   “The Promise” is a keynote speech that feels like a show, with proven processes and actionable takeaways to transform businesses and evolve today’s leaders. Hewlett’s speech inspires leadership from the perspective of a promise, giving […]

Eric O’Neill

Cybersecurity Speaker

MAXX 2021

Eric O’Neill is a top cybersecurity keynote speaker, former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, bestselling author of “Gray Day,” and the inspiration for the film “Breach.” He presents keynotes internationally about espionage and national security, cybersecurity, fraud, corporate diligence and defense, and cyber hacking. O’Neill is also the founder of The Georgetown Group, a premier […]

Troy Stang

Troy Stang

President & CEO

NWCUA

Phone: 503.350.2212

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x212

tstang@nwcua.org

Troy Stang serves as the President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), the trade association representing more than 170 not-for-profit, member-owned credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. More than 8.1 million consumers — 60% of the northwest population — are members of those credit unions. Under Stang’s leadership, the Association is […]

Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer Wagner

EVP & Chief Advocacy Officer

NWCUA

Phone: 503.350.2224

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x224

jwagner@nwcua.org

Jennifer Wagner is the EVP & Chief Advocacy Officer for the Northwest Credit Union Association. She leads the Association’s federal governmental affairs priorities, working closely with the Northwest congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. as well as in our region. Wagner oversees the Association’s grassroots advocacy programs and initiatives to raise political action funds to support candidates […]