Keynote Speaker | Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers

DEI Keynote Speaker

Vernā Myers

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Keynote Speaker

Vernā Myers is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. She’s well-known for captivating audiences with her  high-energy keynotes, ability to connect with audience members, and uncanny ability to inspire people into having meaningful insights and interactions during and after her presentations. Vernā takes pride in her no shame, blame, or attack philosophy and approach to delivering her keynote presentations. She is a compelling storyteller who combines humor, humility, and honesty which encourages her listeners to take down their guards, examine themselves, and get curious about others. Her genuine compassion for all human beings, coupled with her DEI expertise and experiences, means she can speak not only to concepts, but to specific and actionable steps for individuals, teams, and organizations to take in order to create more inclusive environments.

Vernā has a passion for informing and collaborating with people from all walks of life so that together, they can take an active stance against unconscious biases and the systems of power and privilege that disadvantage marginalized, underrepresented, and historically excluded groups.  Vernā has the ability to make concepts clear and always leaves her audience with key takeaways that they can implement immediately. She speaks to the power of diversity, inclusion, and equity but also the need for the compassion, empathy, and grace required of all of us in order to create a world where we can all thrive regardless of our age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, or other cultural identity. When Vernā leaves the stage, her audiences applaud her and also cheer for the journey they have all taken together – one that has challenged and motivated them and left them feeling part of a larger community, full of possibilities. 

With nearly three decades of DEI expertise, Vernā has delivered keynote presentations in 25+ countries for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, NGOs, Associations, and some of the world’s most elite law firms. Some of her notable clients include:

  • 20th/21st Century Fox
  • AppNexus
  • Bank of America
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Broadway League
  • Columbia Business School
  • Danaher Corporation
  • Eli Lilly
  • Excelon Corporation
  • Fidelity
  • Ford Motor Corporation
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hershey
  • ius Laboris
  • Leading Age
  • NASA
  • National Geographic
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • One Young World
  • Oracle
  • Qualcomm
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Skadden Arps
  • SXSW
  • Toyota
  • Vanguard
  • Warner Brothers
  • White & Case LLP
  • WorkHuman
  • World Bank
  • Xcel Energy
  • ZenDesk

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TED Talk: How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them
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Vernā Myers at AppNexus Women's Leadership Forum
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The Courage of Innovation: Vernā Myers, VP Inclusion Strategy, Netflix