Raven Solomon INSTANTLY captured the room and engaged the crowd with her energy, smile, wit, and "we are all friends here" personality! Presenting to a packed room, Raven captured the audience with her knowledge, in-depth research, and her ability to make it all relevant to EACH OF THE 4 generations represented! If looking for a way to bridge the generational gap or spark dialogue that needs to occur in every office setting, Raven should be your first stop!
RAVEN SOLOMON is a global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion thought leader and nationally recognized keynote speaker who helps organizations get future-ready by understanding generations, racial equity, and their intersection.
Raven's mission is simple-- to solve for racial inequity by breaking down generational and racial barriers in the workplace, replacing them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future.
She is the author of the 2019 release Leading Your Parents: 25 Rules to Effective Multigenerational Leadership for Millennials and Gen Z, where she shares leadership principles and practical advice for young professionals seeking to transition into leadership positions in today's diverse workplace, and the founder of the Charlotte-based Center for Next Generation Leadership and Professional Development, a startup focused on providing soft- skill development to the leaders of tomorrow. In her spare time, Raven consults with Franklin Covey, the world leader in leadership development, in the area of unconscious bias and is the host of The Generational View Podcast.
Raven has helped tens of thousands, from podiums around the world, close the gaps inside of dozens of industry-leading companies, and create sustainable cultural change. She's also consulted with household brands in the areas of generational diversity & inclusion and early talent development and retention.
As the valedictorian of her college graduating class and one of the youngest-ever executives in the Fortune 50 company with which she spent nearly a decade, she has always shown that her approach to leading and influencing people yields results.
Featured Keynote Programs
COLLABORATING ACROSS GENERATIONS FOR RACIAL EQUITY
INCREASE UNDERSTANDING, ACTIVATE EMPATHY AND INSPIRE COLLABORATION TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
The year 2020 showed us that our nation is as divided as ever, particularly on the topic of race and racism. It is this division that accompanies you, your employees and/or your members every time they log on for work—causing anxiety, mental and emotional stress, and mistrust and skepticism of those with differing opinions.
Unbeknownst to many of us, much of this division is driven by a disconnect across generations on the severity and impact of systemic racism. Creating awareness around the generationally relative nature of racism, applying empathy and learning to effectively collaborate across generations is truly our best path towards a racially equitable society and workplace.
In this informative and inspiring keynote, Raven helps your attendees of marginalized racial backgrounds understand how and why our generation can impact how we view, understand, and even combat racism. Attendees will leave with greater clarity on the role their generation can play in fighting for racial equity, and how to effectively collaborate with other generations in that pursuit.
• Explain the generationally relative nature of racism.
• Explain how and why one’s generation can impact how they view racism today.
• Demonstrate how cross-generational collaboration can move us toward racial equity
Marginalized Racial Groups & their Allies - cross-generational groups of marginalized communities; racial/ethnic Employee Resource Groups
GENERATIONS + RACIAL EQUITY
WHERE & WHY GENERATIONS AND RACIAL EQUITY INTERSECT TO MOVE US FORWARD
The year 2020 showed us that our nation is as divided as ever, particularly on the topic of race and racism. It is this division that accompanies your employees and members every time they log on for work—causing anxiety, mental and emotional stress, and mistrust and skepticism of those with differing opinions.
Unbeknownst to many of us, much of this division is driven by a disconnect across generations on the severity and impact of systemic racism. Creating awareness around the generationally relative nature of racism, applying empathy, and learning to effectively collaborate across generations is truly our best path towards a racially equitable society and workplace.
In this informative and inspiring keynote, Raven breaks down the connection between equity and generations that every organization needs to know and lean into to thrive in a marketplace that is growing more racially and ethnically diverse by the decade. She helps attendees of all backgrounds understand how and why a generation can impact how they view, understand, and even combat racism. Attendees will leave with greater clarity on the role their generation can play in fighting for racial equity, and how to effectively collaborate with other generations in that pursuit.
• Explain the connection between generations and racial equity
• Demonstrate how and why one’s generation can impact how they view racism today
• Examine why equity is what marginalized groups and their allies want and need
• Describe how to leverage generational differences to move towards racial equity
Employees and/or leaders of all backgrounds
HOW TO BE AN INCLUSIVE LEADER
FOSTER A CULTURE OF INCLUSION IN OUR TEAM OR BUSINESS
Inclusive Leadership can be a very illusive and ambiguous term. Yet, as the U.S. population grows more and more diverse and emerging markets strengthen around the globe, it is an emerging leadership capability that will be vital to the success of our workplaces and marketplaces in the very near future.
Busy leaders need to know precisely what they can and should do to be inclusive leaders who truly foster a sense of belonging within their teams that results in employee engagement, high performance, and consistent results now and into the future.
In this program, Raven breaks inclusive leadership down into 6 straight-forward characteristics, demonstrating what each looks like in everyday leadership. She covers the inner drivers necessary to actualize these characteristics in a way that is seen and felt by team members. Your leaders will leave with a clear understanding of the importance of their inclusive leadership, newfound courage to lean into discomfort, and an awakened curiosity to learn more about themselves and their bias, as well as the lived experiences of others.
• Identify the 6 characteristics of highly inclusive leaders as well as their drivers.
• Explain the quantitative and qualitative value of inclusive leadership.
• Identify personal areas of opportunity to be a more inclusive leader.
Business & People Leaders
THE [GENERATIONAL] BUSINESS CASE FOR DEIB
GET CLEAR ON WHY DEIB IS A MUST AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE ORGANIZATION
Every CEO wants their organization to be inclusive. In order for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging to be truly embedded throughout your organization, every employee—from the c-suite to the frontline—must be committed to inclusion and rooted in a clear business case.
If the business case is not made clear at every level of the organization, you run the risk of DEIB fatigue, disengagement in creating change, and bottlenecked inclusion that can lead to your organization being last on the APPLY TO list for top Gen Z talent.
In this engaging and insightful program, Raven takes those skeptical of the value of DEIB in their workforce and makes them believers, by clearly articulating the risk to their business without it. Those who are already believers, she equips with additional tools and awareness to further understand and articulate the value of DEIB. She does all of this uniquely using generations to frame the value proposition.
• Identity the risks associated with not making DEIB a serious business imperative
• Provide a common language and working knowledge of key DEIB terms such as diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, identity, and intersectionality
• Explain the generational evolution of diversity work in the workplace
• Understand the organizational and individual value of DEIB
Business & People Leaders - Executive Leaders, Mid-Level Managers, Frontline Leaders or ALL
Raven Solomon was a phenomenal keynote speaker for our first ever Virtual Convention, PIVOT 2020. By utilizing the virtual platform, high energy, and positive attitude she engaged our participants to the highest possible level. Her session on generational diversity included timely elements of social justice and inclusivity. She was dynamic, relevant, timely, and thought-provoking! We could not have asked for more!