Bernadette Smith

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

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Bernadette Smith | DEI Keynote Speaker | Bestselling Author, Inclusive 360

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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.


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

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.

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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