Recent Keynote Speeches

Inclusive Intelligence: Thinking Smarter & Leading Better in 21st Century Workplaces

No matter how much you know, how skilled you are or how much experience you have amassed, you (as an organization or an individual) are not as intelligent as you can be unless you have cultivated an intellectually global mindset and actively incorporated different perspectives into your outlook and analysis. Our differences can be a source of conflict or strength and understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be a competitive advantage. This keynote address will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can think and lead at our highest potential. While many of us are intellectually committed to doing this, we fall into cognitive and behavior patterns that prevent us from fully leveraging the diverse perspectives around us. This presentation will explore the various biases that keep us from thinking at our best as well as the ways in which we can break the biases to maximize our inclusive intelligence.

The Explicit Impact of Implicit Bias: Unpacking and Interrupting Implicit Bias to Create More Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces

Although there has been a lot of dialogue on implicit bias, unpacking this concept to understand the myriad of “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to the diversity and inclusion journey of any organization. This keynote speech will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can break our biases to achieve our highest potential, as individuals and leaders within organizations.  We will explore how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people who we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where our differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage.

The Next Generation of Leadership: Understanding, Negotiating & Managing Generational Differences in Workplaces Today

Understanding, negotiating and managing generational differences (and similarities) is critical to developing the full range of experiences and insights you need in order to achieve excellence, serve clients, and effectively manage relationships in today’s workplace. In this keynote speech, Dr. Reeves will facilitate our exploration of the research, best practices and practical advice on how to recognize and address generational differences in the workplace today. Whether seeking to give/get better feedback, serve/develop clients of all generations, or build networks that strengthen individual careers as well as organizational strength, you will learn the skills you need to bridge generational differences and drive more effective interactions and relationships.  

Gender Diversity in Leadership Styles: Understanding and Leveraging the Differences in Male & Female Leadership Styles to Maximize the Success of All in the Workplace

Research demonstrates that men and women generally have different leadership styles. Research also highlights that even as the most inclusive organizations thrive by understanding and leveraging these differences, most organizations do not recognize, value and/or reward women’s styles as much as they do men’s styles. What are these differences and why are both styles together better than either style on its own? This keynote speech will explore those questions and offer some practical strategies on how to encourage both styles to shine in the ways in which we work with each other.

Talking about Racial/Ethnic Differences: Starting (And Sustaining!) Respectful and Effective Dialogues on Race/Ethnicity in the Workplace

How can we have a truly diverse and inclusive workplace if we cannot talk about our differences candidly and effectively?  We know that talking about race/ethnicity is critical to diversity and inclusion, but we also know that these dialogues are scary to approach.  This keynote speech by Dr. Reeves will explore the research on 1) establishing a foundation for impactful conversations around race relations, 2) identifying and correcting unconscious biases that hinder conversations and perception, 3) effectively addressing the effect of external factors on internal culture and dynamics, and 4) best practices to have candid and respectful dialogues on racial/ethnic identities, differences and commonalities.

One Size Never Fits All: Building a Professional Network and Developing Business for Women in a Way That Works for Women

One size never fits all. Yet, much of the business and leadership advice given to women on how to thrive and advance in workplaces is based on how men thrive and advance. The sustainable advancement of women requires that we recognize and understand the differences between how women and men communicate, work and lead, and this talk will dive into those differences in a candid, thoughtful and practically applicable way. What are the differences in how men and women promote themselves? What is the impact of those differences on women’s advancement? What are the differences in how men and women lead their teams and advocate for those they lead? What is the impact of those differences on women’s advancement? This keynote presentation will explore all of the above and more in ways that will make you think differently about these issues and how you can tailor the way you communicate, work and lead to best fit you!

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt