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Janet Stovall has flourished in the highly competitive corporate FORTUNE 500 world; she is one of the few executive speechwriters of color. A self-described cultural conversationalist, Stovall is best known for her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion—her video has been viewed more than 1.6-million times.
I believe that business can do something no other entity can do—business can dismantle racism. Janet Stovall
Stovall is a Senior Client Strategist at the NeuroLeadership Institue, a global think tank, consultancy, and research organization that uses neuro science to improve business performance. She previously servied as manager of executive communications for UPS, serves as the primary speechwriter for the company’s CEO and senior leaders. On stage, her business approach tackles corporate racism head-on with a straightforward formula, creating an inclusive workplace where people feel safe and are expected to be their authentic selves. Diversity, she says, is a numbers game. Inclusion is about impact.
She talks to audiences about how the power of single-mindedness in business can dismantle racism, and challenges audiences to imagine a place where the lessons we learn in a diverse workplace transform the things we do, think and say outside of work.
Stovall shares her empowering story: being on the Davidson College campus in the mid-80s as part of a small group of black students where she experienced racism and exclusion firsthand. Instead of retreating, however, she chose to initiate difficult conversations, devising a program that is now viewed as the catalyst for creating a changed, more diverse and inclusive Davidson campus community.
Before joining UPS, Stovall founded and served as principal of The Point Communications, a marketing communications and PR consultancy. She developed, implemented, and managed marketing strategies and executive positioning projects for leading U.S. companies for more than 20 years, advising, scripting, ghostwriting articles, books and presentations for some of the country’s most influential thought leaders.
Stovall holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College in Davidson, NC, a Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University and serves as a member of Davidson’s Commission on Race and Slavery.
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