Ash Beckham

Ash Beckham

Equality Advocate
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GIVE VOICE TO YOUR TRUTH
With an arresting blend of urgency and humor, Ash takes on topics like the crippling experience of being trapped in a closet, the difference between tolerance and acceptance, and the need to remove the word “gay” as a pejorative from our lexicon. With wildly funny and poignant stories, and a tough yet deeply compassionate stance, Ash tells us how to take off the armor and be our authentic selves. She tells us how to get REAL.

Ash declares to her audiences “Hard is Hard. There is no Harder. There is only Hard.” She gives us permission to relate to each other as direct, authentic, unapologetic human beings. Rather than serving up candy-coated optimism, her stories offer listeners something more tangible. She elevates her audience beyond empathy into the realm of personal discovery, and challenges every listener to take personal responsibility for creating a much bigger societal shift.

Ultimately, Ash advocates for FREEDOM. Freedom to give voice to your truth, freedom to love without limits, freedom to be the person you were intended to be.

I AM SO GAY!
In a world of 6 second videos and 140 character tweets, sometimes we don't take the time to think about the words we use—or the impact those words have on other people. With a blend of personal stories and relateable antidotes, Ash unpacks how word choice affects people. She helps you understand the need for inclusive language in so many aspects of our lives—everyday conversation, institutional forms, policy initiatives.

Someone may not feel like a word or phrase or lack of inclusive language affects them if they are not in the marginalized group. But, it is critical to find the empathy in other people’s struggles in order to create a stronger community. That empathy is most easily discovered when we begin listening to each other’s stories and we know what it is like walk a mile, or even just a couple steps, in someone else’s shoes.

THE ART OF TAKING A STAND
Throughout our lives we find ourselves in situations where we want to take a stand either to advocate for ourselves or address injustices that we see done to others. When that fleeting moment to stand up approaches, our internal dialogue starts: Am I strong enough? Am I quick witted enough? Am I doing more harm than good by speaking out?

The questions come at us at warp speed often crippling us from action of any kind. To empower all people to take a stand, we must reframe our perceived requirements of standing up in the first place.

In this talk, Ash proposes that taking a stand is like art — individual, creative, and messy. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the mastery of it. Ash provides a quick brain chemistry lesson to help us understand what is happening inside our bodies when stress is applied to give us a better sense of what drives our reactions and how we can make change.

THE ART OF INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
Nearly anyone can be a good leader. But what does it take to be extraordinary?

In this session, Ash explores why the single most important trait in the leaders of today is mastering the Art of Inclusive Leadership. By first turning the lens inward, we can explore our own unconscious bias and histories. Only then can we begin to truly lead. Our ability to personify the inclusion we are striving for is critical to our personal success and the success of our companies.

In this entertaining and provocative talk, Ash will explore the 5 pillars of inclusive leadership. With wildly funny and poignant stories, and a tough yet compassionate stance, Ash tells us how to take off the armor and be our authentic selves. She tells us how to get REAL. Rather than serving up candy-coated optimism, Ash gives us permission to relate to each other as direct, authentic, unapologetic human beings by elevating her audience beyond empathy into the realm of personal discovery, and challenging every listener to take personal responsibility for creating a bigger societal shift.

​WORKPLACE AUTHENTICITY ​THROUGH STORYTELLING
Maximum participants: 20
Format: 3 - 4 hour workshop

Nearly every organization strives to master diversity and inclusion. But policy and practice are two different things. How do we make inclusion the cultural norm rather than just a talking point?

In this workshop, Ash will use her personal stories to guide a small group of employees down the path of making authenticity into a life-long key tenet. If we want our organizations to hold authenticity as a corporate benchmark, our leaders must know how to communicate, foster, and act with authenticity. This workshop breaks down into three sections.

​ Mastering authentic communication - To speak and exist authentically, it is critical that we understand and utilize our three sources of individual expression – brain, heart and gut. In order to fully show up, we need to bring these three parts of ourselves to the table. Participants will identify when and how we speak from each source and learn to give voice to the sources we mute.

Finding universal truth in our individual experience - In order for our personal experience to make a difference, we need it to relate not only to people like us, but also to people who, on paper, seem to be our opposite. That is the power of universal truth. Participants will find the universality of human experience through an exploration of the beliefs, behaviors, and feelings that unite us in a world that can feel divisive.

Sharing our personal stories - Our stories, kept inside, are merely vignettes of self-reflection. To make cultural change, we need to find the courage to share our stories and truly believe that they will make a difference. Our ability to create, protect, and foster inclusive workplace environments is rooted in our willingness to share our individual stories. Participants will use the previous two steps to craft their own unique, personal diversity story.

This workshop has broad application for any organization: team-building, leadership development, presentation skill-building, sales/client connection, and senior leadership-driven cultural shifts.

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Ash Beckham is a bold, dynamic presenter who speaks about empathy, respect and the power of having real conversations. Online videos of her TEDx talks “Coming Out of Your Closet” and "Owning Your Duality" and her Boulder Ignite speech “I am SO GAY” have gone viral with more than 10 million YouTube views. Significantly, her message has also become a topic of global discussion. Ash reaches millions every day as her inspiring speeches are experienced in classrooms, boardrooms and auditoriums around the world.

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