Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith


  • Consultant
  • Speaker
  • Workshop Facilitator

Bernadette is a diversity and inclusion keynote speaker and an award-winning author of three books, with her fourth to be released later in 2021. She is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies in helping to promote an inclusive work environment and celebrate diversity.


To create spaces where every human feels safe to be authentically themselves.

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Popular Talks

Inclusive Leadership
With candor and humor, we share the critical must-know practices for leaders to minimize hidden bias, empower under-represented team members, and create a profitable culture of inclusion. Leaders walk away with a greater understanding of diversity and inclusion, as well as simple, practical tools to strengthen their leadership skills.

LGBTQ Workplace Empowerment
Bernadette illustrates key principles of inclusive leadership through a queer lens. This is a high-energy, high-engagement session designed to help LGBTQ people feel confident and empowered to fulfill their potential as an emerging leader within your organization.


Follow the ARC: Leverage diverse teams to build a profitable culture of inclusion
This dynamic and entertaining inclusive leadership keynote provides the critical, must-know practices for leaders to create a profitable culture of inclusion.

Voices Carry: Everyone’s Role as Ally in the Workplace
This engaging and entertaining allyship keynote provides key takeaways and tools every employee can use to be more inclusive of diverse colleagues and clients.

“Bernadette was a great external speaker who intentionally connected her messages to our firm’s values and culture. Even though Bernadette was the last presenter on a long day of trainings, she kept the audience engaged and active throughout the presentation.”
— Jonathan Philipp, Grant Thornton

“This was one of the best presentations I have ever seen. Bernadette is a tremendous leader and amazing speaker.”
— Michael Gold, Northern Trust

Bernadette is a spark plug of energy and ideas. I wish I could hear her every week!”
—GRAYSEN B., Constellation Brands

Bernadette Smith is a keynote speaker and an award-winning author of three books. Her fourth book, Inclusive 360, will be released later this year. She is frequently requested as a keynote speaker to help promote an inclusive work environment and celebrate diversity. She is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and has presented to a variety of audiences, including CEOs ,leadership teams, human resource and diversity leaders, sales and marketing professionals and more.

Because of her insight and impact as a change agent, she has been featured in the New YorkTimes, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Fast Company. She’s appeared on CNN, the Today Show, the BBC, and National Public Radio. In 2018 and 2019, Bernadette was named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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