Diversity Equity and Inclusion Keynotes

Inclusion is the responsibility of ALL Leaders, not just of those with DEI titles

Book a speaking engagement to hear from the co-founders of Uplifting
Impact, Deanna Singh and Justin Ponder, as they share their insights for
creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

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Our Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers


Deanna Singh wants to live in a world where marginalized communities have power. As an expert social entrepreneur, she is dedicated with making the world a better place, and she will build or break systems to create positive change. While tackling complex social challenges, Deanna gives audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. She is described as a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change.


Justin Ponder is an Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Minority Literature professor. He has published in numerous journals and books on the issue of race and identity politics, exploring ways to bridge the gap between who we are and who we must become to achieve a more equitable world. He knows how to masterfully weave the academic with the practical and the political with the personal.

Our Most Popular Topics on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


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icon bg@2x-Nov-20-2022-05-19-25-5110-PM Introduction to DEI

This introductory session will provide your team with foundational language, key terminology and concepts related to diversity, equity and inclusion. During this session, your team will gain an understanding of how diversity, equity and inclusion topics relate to the workplace and can help improve their organization.

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icon bg@2x-Nov-20-2022-05-19-39-1379-PM The Power of Inclusion

This session will explore strategies for creating a more inclusive workplace culture. During this session, your team will consider common obstacles to inclusion and examine how inclusive practices benefit an organization. Your team will walk away with the tools to brainstorm methods for inclusion specific to your organization.

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icon bg@2x-Nov-20-2022-05-19-51-5382-PM Managing for Bias

In a changing world, organizations that thrive are those that know how to identify their assumptions and evolve. When it comes to connecting with different communities, bias can undermine deeper partnerships. In its quest to understand the world more quickly, the human brain creates shortcuts preventing it from understanding others more fully. By recognizing how pervasive biases are and by learning how to manage them, we can improve connections with customers, clients, coworkers, and communities.

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icon bg@2x-Nov-20-2022-05-20-04-7036-PM Talking Across Differences

This session will provide strategies for acknowledging, celebrating, and conversing about differences that improve workplace environments. During this session, your team will consider why leaders ignore differences, look at the benefits of talking across differences, survey best practices for structuring this conversation and brainstorm methods specific to your organization.


Actions Speak Louder

This introductory session will provide your team with foundational language, key terminology and concepts related to diversity, equity and inclusion. During this session, your team will gain an understanding of how diversity, equity and inclusion topics relate to the workplace and can help improve their organization.

For Educators & Youth Organizations


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Our bubbles help us feel safe, establishing important boundaries. While safety and boundaries are essential, the distance between us can contribute to a lack of diversity, awareness, and community. You'll learn -
Methods for creating inclusive environments, facilitate conversations about identity, and apply strategies for building relationships with others from a different culture.
Looking for an adult version? Contact Us

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Image@2x (7) A Smart Girl's Guide: Race & Inclusion

Whether girls have seen protests in the news and wondered what they're about, themselves or others have been treated unfairly because of the color of their skin, they may have questions about racism. This book will help girls understand race, racism, and anti-racism, and why practicing inclusion can have an important impact on our world.



Hear it from our clients

Deanna was a joy to work with and a masterful presenter. She wove together professional expertise, personal stories, and implementable advice to deliver a keynote that was both engaging on a human level and informative on a practical level.

Sara Cunningham


Working with Deanna is an empowering and refreshing experience. Her enthusiasm, her wisdom and her presence is a motivating force that will not only make you want to go out and conquer the world, but it will make you want to better the world for others. Her presentations are incredibly engaging and will create a positive ripple effect among individuals in your organization.

Catherine Wanzer


Deanna offered a remarkable Keynote to kickoff our AmeriCorps members' term of service. Her genuine warmth and excitement was absolutely motivational and truly set the stage. We continue to get storied and appreciation for her amazing presentation. We are so grateful to have shared a powerfully inspiring moment of growth with such a tremendous change agent!

Amy Porter


Deanna was authentic, engaging, and delivered a message that was inspiring and uplifting - much needed given the major endeavors our agency currently faces.

Patty Metropulos


If you are looking to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion both in your company and in your personal life, this is the summit for you and your team members.”

AMY LORENZ - Milwaukee

County Behavioral Health Division

Deanna is a true storyteller who brings her energy and passion to her work and shares that with others. She helped many folks in the audience not only feel compelled to make our organization more diverse and inclusive but also gave great actionable steps for all of us.

Joe Hankey




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