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Roy Gluckman

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Diversity & Inclusion Expert and Speaker

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Roy Gluckman is a speaker, consultant and workshop builder on Diversity and Inclusion. Roy believes in tough conversations and is on a mission to help organizations talk about race, ethnicity and gender in an open and authentic way. A keynote with speaker Roy Gluckman will make the toughest conversations seem accessible and natural.

Keynote speaker Roy Gluckman has an educational background in law and is a qualified attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Roy is South African and has seen the effects of Apartheid and a truly troubled past. South Africa has an incredible diverse demographic but is also facing social-economic issues, and Roy is on a mission to help South Africans understand culture, their past and show empathy and respect towards each other.

Speaker Roy Gluckman has 8 years experience in diversity and inclusion as a speaker, facilitator, consultant and panelist. Roy is passionate about nation building and standing together as one. Roy is also the founder of Cohesion Collective – a consulting and training firm which provides strategic and practical tools and research to businesses and organizations.

As a speaker Roy Gluckman is interactive, warm and inspiring. His research and keynote material is always up-to-date. The topic of diversity and inclusion seems to become more and more important and relevant, and organizations ought to educate themselves. Below are examples of some of Roy’s popular and sought-after keynote topics.

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    Speaker Roy Gluckman Keynote Topics

    Adapt or DIE

    • In this keynote Roy covers the importance of DIE – Diversity, Inclusion and Equality.
    • Learn and understand how DIE can be seen as a core business objective to grow your organization in today’s world.
    • This keynote is great for leader and manager workshops, HR and D&I committees.

     

    Decoding Millennials, by a Millennial

    • Millennials. We all know one, maybe we are one, but do we truly understand how they contribute to our organizations?
    • In this keynote presentation, Roy will uncover the truth about millennials and how they relate to the topic of DIE, and why they’re important to you.
    • This keynote is great for business leaders, recruiters and internship programs.

     

    Refracting the Rainbow: LGBTIQ

    • In this keynote, Roy will cover the basics of LGBTQ: Who does it stand for, why is this conversation important and what is the next step?
    • You will learn how to include LGBTQ members in your organization.
    • This keynote is great for entire staff and employees, business leaders, HR and LGBTQ forums.
05.30.2018

Interview with Roy Gluckman

How did you begin your speaking career?

I began my professional speaking career while doing my legal internship at a corporate law firm in South Africa. I have always been a speaker, but got my opportunities in lunch hours of businesses around my law firm at the time. I have always spoken on matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion – my material has just developed as I have. Most often my material grows as I am asked to speak more broadly on the matters.

What got you interested in Diversity & Inclusion?

My own personal transformation. I was studying law at the time. One of my courses, Constitutional Law spoke of human rights, equality, social justice and redress. I knew nothing of these concepts. In fact, my inherited perceptions were not in favour of these concepts above.

Through studying Constitutional Law, however, I was challenged to uproot my inherited biases and perceptions in place of a deeper understanding of the world, connection, compassion, diversity and equality. That subject changed my life!

The change was so drastic that I vowed to try and recreate that change for others. I have been doing this work every since. I aim to try and create the challenge and liberation that letting go of bias brought me.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

I offer a unique perspective. Being young, white, male and South African, my story and experiences provide me with an insight into how we communication around equality, diversity and inclusion matters. I am honest. I don’t beat around the bush. I create space where we have the tough conversation, yet in a loving and gentle way. I am an engaging speaker. Taking people along the journey with me.

Who or what inspires you most?

South Africa inspires me. Our history and what we have achieved humbles me, constantly.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge I have overcome is my own mind. Coming to the realisation that my mind is flawed, that my beliefs are biased and that my perceptions are contrived was incredibly difficult. When you realise that everything you have been taught is a lie, your world rocks! Mine rocked. A necessary requirement for the new foundations I have rebuilt.

What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I would like to be able to spread my message far and wide. I aim to challenge and inspire. TO show love, compassion and possibility of liberation.

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