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Jess Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, has always had a foot in two different approaches to her life.


Perhaps it is her Texas roots, but she believes to thrive in this world you have to ride two horses at once – one of humility and one of ego.


This is why while hosting and performing stand-up in NYC she also worked as a diversity and inclusion specialist as a day job. She quit her day job after a decade and almost 20 years later still uses humor to deliver actionable content related to everything you ever wanted to know about where leadership and diversity collide but are afraid to ask.


Though often referred to as a thought leader, Jess responds that she just makes leaders think.


For Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work to stick, the first step is a conversation that matters about what you don’t know you don’t know then you can do the best you can with what you have some of the time without getting sued, losing talent, or failing customers.


Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations.


Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change.


Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator, and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self-reflection, and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

Keynote Topic #1

Conversations That Matter Keynote

Let’s face it, there are people and topics that at some point are just off limits.  You just can’t do it or them right now.  Even worse, often it is a difficult topic that you have to bring up with a difficult person.

What if you could engage in these conversations with more confidence, humor, and ease?  No matter the person or topic, you are your best tool for conversations that matter.  Understanding yourself and others as differently right gives you the tools to intentionally design teams, groups, and partnerships that can bring value to a single project or topic.  We are all frustrating to someone, and at times even to ourselves.


Once you know who and how you are, you can reclaim responsibility for these behavior response patterns and leave room for others to do the same.  Before you know it, you are having better conversations and fuller relationships with those around you.  I promise – it is that easy.

  • Learn a 3 part framework or model for taking responsibility of how they show up.
  • Develop skills for a significant and powerful (and free) method to change culture around difficult topics and see other’s as differently right.
  • Utilize personal patterns to recognize them in others so we can leave room for edits in our stories.
  • Personally recognize our “kryptonite” and how habitually it limits our behaviors, responses, and beliefs as well as fuels us to build momentum when we need it the most.
Keynote Topic #2

Good Enough Now Keynote

Sitting around pointing fingers and waiting for change to appear on the horizon—has it ever worked for you? Do you feel imbalance between who you are and who you think you should be?  Do you see fulfillment, better relationships, and stronger teamwork as something to work for, but not possible now?

In her breakthrough message, author and keynote speaker Jess Pettitt reveals the truth about how we can be the best versions of ourselves now! By being our authentic selves, we can immediately improve our companies, relationships, and communities.

Good Enough Now is an innovative and practical guide to ridding yourself of self-doubt, self-limiting beliefs, and habitual excuses.

  • Being true to yourself
  • Building on your strengths
  • Supporting others in their strengths
  • Building better teams
  • Serving others
  • How to lead others better
Keynote Topic #3

Why Diversity Initiatives Fail Keynote

After 15 years of direct Diversity Trainings, Jess Pettitt, CSP, has uncovered why change doesn’t stick. Human Resources Professionals are being asked to wear a million hats and ensure that the organization won’t get sued. This doesn’t lead to inclusive work culture. Let’s spend a day in the life of a change crusher.


Let’s look at a dozen or so contradictory characters that make up your office staff under the magnifying glass and solve the mystery of what you can do with what you already have to make your diversity initiatives stick.

  • To understand the difference between Diversity and Social Justice
  • To remove excuses that stand in one’s way from doing social justice work
  • To utilize three basic tools of self reflection: tracking, triggers, and listening
  • To motivate and inspire audiences to become participants in their own change
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