Bernadette  Smith

Bernadette Smith

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speaker Bestselling Author, Inclusive 360

In-Person Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
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Bernadette Smith | DEI Keynote Speaker | Bestselling Author, Inclusive 360

Bernadette Smith

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Speaker Bestselling Author, Inclusive 360

In-Person Fee Range:
$10,001 - $15,000
Traveling from:

Why Book

  • Bernadette Smith, Founder of Equality Institute, is a keynote speaker and an award-winning author of four books, including her latest, the bestseller Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization. She takes away overwhelm and fear of judgement about diversity and instead uses relatability and humor to inspire action — even among the skeptics. Bernadette’s keynotes have been trusted by major brands, including Fortune 500 companies and global leadership teams. Because of her impact as a change agent for inclusion, she has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and the Today Show. Bernadette’s also been named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business.


Bernadette Smith has been an in-demand keynote speaker, thought leader and consultant for years. Her candid and practical, yet humorous, approach has made her popular with diverse business audiences around North America. Simply put, she cuts through the bull yet her timely messages of gender, boundaries, anti-harassment, and diversity and inclusion can be directly tied to a company’s improved bottom line.

Bernadette has presented to enthusiastic audiences of CEOs, associations, entrepreneurs, leadership teams, sales professionals, account executives, marketing executives, human resource managers and more.

Bernadette is presently CEO of Equality Institute, a firm dedicated to consulting with businesses on issues of harassment and diversity and inclusion. She holds a BS and an MBA and her expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and National Public Radio, among others.

Bernadette is an award-winning author of three books, and her upcoming book Unassuming Assumptions will be released later this year. She holds a BS in communications from Boston University and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

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Voices Carry: Everyone’s Role as Ally in the Workplace

Diversity means everyone. But it’s not always easy to connect with people different from us because of the assumptions that creep into everyday conversations.

These cause us to miss opportunities to build genuine rapport, leading to low employee engagement scores and high turnover.

This entertaining and actionable keynote gives the keys to ask better questions instead of making assumptions.


More Than Words: Develop a 360 Approach to Reap the Untapped Rewards of Diversity

There’s a ton of data that tells us that diversity brings greater profitability to organizations. Is your organization reaping those rewards of diversity?
This high energy, engaging keynote session will introduce you to PSA – a proven formula for expanding the reach of your DEI initiatives, to help your organization become Inclusive 360.

Best suited for leaders who want to accelerate their DEI progress, have heard that diversity is important, but need guidance on what they can do about it provides key systemic changes to advance DEI that you can implement today

Born this Way: Leverage Your LGBTQ+ Identity for Workplace Success

Using a combination of storytelling and practical inspiration, Bernadette will lead attendees through a discussion on how their marginalized identities are a great leadership asset.

With her own privilege in check, Bernadette will illustrate key principles of leadership through a queer lens. This is a high-energy, high-engagement keynote designed to help LGBTQ+ people feel confident and empowered to fulfill their potential as an emerging leader within your organization.

This talk is suitable for employees of all levels.

Presentation can be customized for the audience and is delivered as a 60 minute keynote presentation.

Virtual Pride Events

Are you responsible for your company’s LGBTQ and/or diversity and inclusion efforts? If so, then this may resonate with you.

Like many groups around the country and world, leaders in your position have been constantly challenging themselves: How can I bring some sense of order and calm for our employees in the midst of this chaos? You recognize that COVID-19 has forced many LGTBQ Pride events scheduled in June to be postponed or cancelled. And if you’re anything like us, you understand that holding Pride events is critical for LGTBQ folks to find community and celebrate their culture; it is a sacred time to build connection, confidence and more allies.

We have heard from our clients and business partners that those employees have been experiencing a profound sense of loss. Not only is this detrimental to your employees, but it can also negatively impact your business.

What if there was a way to still bring that sense of community, clarity, and confidence to your LGBTQ employees and supporters? Just because live Pride events are being postponed doesn’t mean that Pride programming needs to stop altogether!

Fortunately, Equality Institute has your back with a robust platform of virtual program opportunities. Our virtual LGBTQ Pride programming could be just what you need to continue successfully driving your diversity and inclusion progress. Any employee can participate as long as they have an internet connection.


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