Janet Marie Stovall | DEI Pragmatist, Presenter and Award-winning Executive Speechwriter

Janet Marie Stovall

DEI Pragmatist, Presenter and Award-winning Executive Speechwriter

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Janet Marie Stovall

As one of only a handful of Black students on campus at Davidson College in the mid-80s, Janet Stovall experienced racism and exclusion firsthand. Rather than retreat, she initiated difficult conversations. By graduation, she had devised a plan that even now is referenced as the catalyst for changes that created a more diverse and inclusive Davidson.

As Senior Client Strategist at NeuroLeadership Institute--a global research firm and cognitive science consultancy--Janet helps companies evolve diversity, equity and inclusion practices to be more brain-friendly and human. Her responsibilities range from delivering C-suite briefings and keynote presentations to facilitating workshops and contributing to solution development for some of the world's leading corporations.
Prior to joining NLI, Janet served as Senior Director, Social Impact and The UPS Foundation, working to advance UPS's global philanthropy, social impact and community engagement efforts. She oversaw the foundation's largest grant portfolio, comprising more than 40 diversity, equity and social impact grantees and The United Way. She also served as UPS's DE&I communications lead.

Janet joined UPS in 2017 as the primary speechwriter for UPS's CEO and Executive Leadership Team, one of the few Black speechwriters working at the C-level in the FORTUNE 500. She is uniquely adept at building objective frameworks and formulas to understand, communicate and dismantle systemic racism.
A popular speaker and workshop facilitator, Janet's work tackles systemic racism, focuses on understanding the value of diversity, and offers straightforward, objective solutions to unlock that value. Her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion has more than 2 million views.

Before joining UPS, Janet founded The Point Communications, a marketing communications and PR consultancy. Over 20 years, she developed, implemented, and managed marketing strategies and executive positioning projects for leading U.S. companies, advising, scripting, ghostwriting articles, books and presentations for some of the country's most influential thought leaders. Her work has been published extensively in Vital Speeches of the Day and has garnered numerous awards.

Janet graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, NC with a bachelor's degree in English. She is a member of the Davidson College Board of Trustees and Davidson College's Commission on Race and Slavery. She holds a master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University, where she was named a member of the Hoya Professional 30, promising individuals who go beyond their job descriptions to demonstrate leadership, potential, and excellence in their fields. She also holds post-graduate certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and Yale University.

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Featured Keynote Programs

It’s Time for Business to Get Serious about Inclusion

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there?
UPS's Janet Stovall has developed a business approach that addresses corporate racism head-on — and has created methods to help dismantle it. In her role as manager of executive communications for UPS, Stovall serves as primary speechwriter for the CEO and senior leadership, making her one of the few executive speechwriters of color in the FORTUNE 500. She is uniquely adept at developing diversity and inclusion messages – and helping leaders deliver them authentically.
A popular speaker and workshop facilitator, Janet champions Pragmatic Diversity©, a frank business approach that tackles head-on systemic racism, corporate diversity, inclusion and belonging and provides straightforward solutions to dismantle it. Her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion has been viewed over 1.5 million times. In this candid talk, Janet shares an action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.


Please See Color: Why We Really Must Talk about Race

The Journey of Why: Roots of Racism (And Why Business Needs to Know)

It’s Time for Business to Get Serious about Inclusion

From Buzzword to Business Asset: Harnessing the Power of Diversity to Drive Organizational Change

The Institutional Iconoclast: How Corporate Communicators Drive Change

Pragmatic Diversity: A Three-Part Strategy for Building an Inclusive Workplace

Transcending the Trope: Finding Your True D&I Mission

Beyond the Business Case for Diversity to the Strategic Case for Inclusion

From Buzzword to Business Asset
A Workshop for Organizational Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—a staple of company D&I strategies—are recasting themselves as BRGs (Business Resource Groups) to reflect their potential to drive bottom line results. To realize that potential, ERGs and BRGs must leverage their diversity to solve real business problems. Using the In-Demand© Problem Analysis Tool, attendees will identify real-world challenges and/or opportunities within their organizations that allow them to translate their unique perspective into strategic advantage for their organizations.

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