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Vernā Myers


Verna Myers


Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance. ®

— Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers

Vernā is a DEI pioneer. She is a highly sought-after DEI Keynote Speaker and DEI Consultant. She’s well-known for captivating audiences with her high-energy keynotes, profound insights, and ability to foster authentic connections and meaningful dialogue. With nearly three decades of experience, her work as an inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader, and social commentator has guided myriad organizations across the world in dismantling barriers to inclusion and equity across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, religion, and other differences. Her expertise and experience – personal and professional – have been instrumental in guiding workplaces toward embracing and integrating diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in all facets of workplace operations. Hailing from Baltimore’s working class, Vernā’s journey saw her rise to prominence as a distinguished alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University,  and Harvard Law School, founder of The Vernā Myers Company, and the inaugural head of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix, where she led a global team in curating and implementing strategies to integrate cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity into all aspects of the company’s operations. Vernā’s company, TVMC, provides its own brand of DEI online training courses through www.tvmcu.com. The courses, featuring Vernā herself, include the energy and no shame, blame, or attack approach she brings when delivering her keynotes and workshops. Among her many accolades, Vernā’s impact has been recognized by numerous institutions, including the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation, CODE Crew recognized her DEI Person of the Year (2021), and Diversity Woman named her one of the Top 100 Black Women Executives. Vernā was elected as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management serves as a Board Member of UC Hastings College of Law’s Work Life Law program, and received the Diversity Champion award from Pepper Hamilton LLP. She has been honored as one of the “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal and celebrated as a “Diversity Hero” by The Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. Earlier in her career, Vernā held pivotal roles, such as the first Executive Director of The Boston Law Firm Group and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Attorney General of Massachusetts. She also practiced corporate and real estate law for six years at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP and Fitch, Wiley, Richlin & Tourse LLP.

Books by Vernā Myers

An accomplished author, Vernā’s two best-selling books, “Moving Diversity Forward: Going from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing” and “What If I Say The Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People” have garnered widespread acclaim.

Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them,” has amassed over 5 million views and has been translated into 27 languages. Collaborating with Ariana Huffington and Thrive Global, Vernā’s micro-course, “Confronting Biases,” has been taken by nearly a million learners worldwide and is consistently recognized as one of the top ten LinkedIn Learning courses. Vernā is also the host and producer of the podcast Sundays with Verna, which is available on Apple iTunes and Spotify.

TED Talk: How to Overcome Our Biases?
Walk Boldly Toward Them

Awards and Recognition

CA Association of Black Lawyers
Code Crew
Diversity Women Media
The Network Journal

Vernā’s trademarked quote: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance” ® encapsulates her enduring commitment to fostering inclusive environments. The statement has been quoted countless times by DEI professionals and everyday individuals from various industries and all over the world.