Brown, Jennifer

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

JENNIFER BROWN is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the successful Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), Jennifer and her team are well-known for their process of designing workplace strategies and educational programming that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and non-profits in the US and around the world, including FedEx, Hearst, American Red Cross, Under Armor, Major League Baseball, NBA, Toyota, Wells Fargo and many more.

Jennifer envisions inclusive organizations where all of us can thrive. As someone who has experienced both the advantages of privilege and the sting of stigma, Jennifer is boldly redefining what it means to truly belong—in the workplace, in our families, and in our communities – and openly shares her powerful and unforgettable true story with audiences to help us challenge our assumptions—about ourselves, about leaders, and others—and take inspired action today for a more inclusive tomorrow.

Her 2021 accolades include Top Small Business Female Executive in 2019 (DataBird Business Journal),’s Power List of the top 200 thought leaders to follow in 2021, a Top 50 D&I and Gender Equality Influencer by Onalytica, one of Engagedly’s Top HR Influencers, and an Inspirational Diversity & Inclusion leader of the year by d&I Leaders Global Benchmarking Survey 2021.

Jennifer is the bestselling author of two books: Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, which was named one of Catalyst’s 5 Must-Read Books on Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2021. The book was also a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award, winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards' Business & Leadership category, and a top SABA 2020 Book Awards Audience Vote, and is utilized as a text for mindset and behavior change in a wide array of organizational systems, from academia to professional certifications. Jennifer also recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on diversity, equity and inclusion in society with thought leader and fellow bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava. The book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World, is a 2022 Axiom Award Gold Medal Winner in the Women/BIPOC Category, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a 2022 Nautilus Silver Award Winner in the Multicultural and Indigenous Category, a 2022 Next Gen Indies Award Winner in the BIPOC Category, a 2022 Hermes Creative Awards Platinum Winner, a 2022 Foreword Indie Awards Finalist in the Multicultural Category, 2022 International Book Award Winner in the Non-fiction: Multicultural Category, a 2022 National Indie Excellence Award Winner in the Non-fiction: Multicultural Category, and one of Inc Magazine’s 22 Books to Read (or Reread) in 2022.

Jennifer is a sought-after speaker and expert for corporations including Amazon, Google, the Hartford, Hearst, IBM, Indeed, Intel, KFC Global (Yum! Brands), Liberty Mutual, LinkedIn, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Medtronic, NASA Space Flight Center, Prudential, PSEG, Sony, and Toyota. She has also spoken at leading research institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, as well as multiple business schools, including William and Mary, Kellogg, Columbia Business School, the Owen GSB at Vanderbilt, and University of Wisconsin. She currently serves as Executive in Residence for The University of North Texas’s School of Public Health/MPHA program and sits on the Influencer Advisory Board for cultural intelligence consultancy Sparks & Honey, as well as L’Oreal’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

Jennifer has spoken at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global D&I Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, SHE Summit, Responsive, the Better Man Conference, INBOUND, ALTSummit, South by Southwest (SXSW), PBWC (Professional Business Women of California), The Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Texas Conference for Women, and HR Transform. As a successful LGBT entrepreneur, Jennifer has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, AdWeek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Inc., CBS, and many more.

Her popular podcast, The Will to Change, appeared on Feedspot’s Top 15 Diversity And Inclusion Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020, and as the host of nearly 200 episodes, Jennifer interviews leading CEOs, bestselling authors, and entrepreneurs about diversity, equity, and inclusion and delivers focused content on how to create organizational change at any level.

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