Tuesday, June 13th
Writers are the front line of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. If we want to live in a more equitable and inclusive world, it’s on us to lead the charge. Janet Stovall has spent her career helping people do just that. Stovall’s experience as a self-described diversity pragmatist, speaker, author, consultant, and freelance writer makes her especially aware of the challenges that writers face communicating about social justice and DEI&A, and the changes we can make by doing it the right way. In her keynote, Janet discusses implicit bias, and what writers can do to uncover, question, and redirect the biases that can prevent us from writing objectively, compellingly, and impactfully. She shares inspiring yet practical advice for becoming more thoughtful about how you communicate based on her experience and her new book, The Conscious Communicator: The fine art of not saying stupid sh*t. Lisa Rabasca Roepe, ASJA Vice President and head of the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility task force, will introduce Janet and pose attendees’ questions to her after her presentation.
In dual roles as Global Head of DEI at research and cognitive science firm, NeuroLeadership Institute, and founder of DEI consultancy, Pragmatic Diversity, Janet Stovall specializes in shaping and implementing realistic DEI visions and strategies that drive change and build culture. Stovall’s three TED talks about getting serious about inclusion have collected more than 2.5 million views. Ragan Communications named her one of the Top Women in Communications and a Diversity Champion.