Janet Stovall

  • Diversity & Inclusion Pragmatist
  • Award-Winning Fortune 500 Speechwriter
  • TED Speaker with 1.5 Million Views

In her role as manager of executive communications for UPS, Janet 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.

Prior to joining UPS, Janet founded and served as principal of The Point Communications, a marketing communications and PR consulting firm. For more than 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 leading thought leaders. Her work has been published extensively in Vital Speeches of the Day and has garnered numerous awards.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Janet Stovall
  • Cisco
  • TED
  • National Urban League
  • CentraCare Health
  • Professional Speechwriters Assoication World Conference
  • RAGAN
  • Gilead Sciences
Keynote - How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | TED [11:04] - Get Sharable Link
Explore Janet Stovall's Talks
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Please See Color: Why We Really Must Talk about Race

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

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It’s Time for Business to Get Serious about Inclusion

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

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The Institutional Iconoclast: How Corporate Communicators Drive Change

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

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Transcending the Trope: Finding Your True D&I Mission

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

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

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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Biography

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.

A popular speaker, Janet offers a frank business approach that tackles corporate racism, diversity, inclusion and belonging head-on and provides a straightforward formula to dismantle it. Her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

In her role as manager of executive communications for UPS, Janet serves as the primary speechwriter for the CEO, 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

Before UPS, Janet founded and served as principal of The Point Communications, a marketing communications and PR consultancy. For more than 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 leading 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 degree in English. She is acting president of the Davidson Black Alumni Network and a member of Davidson’s Commission on Race and Slavery. She is in the final semester of a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University, where she was named a member of the Hoya Professional 30, a diverse group of promising individuals who go beyond their job descriptions to demonstrate leadership, potential, and excellence in their fields.