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Jennifer Brown

Founder and CEOJennifer Brown Consulting

New York, NY

Member Since March 2021


JENNIFER BROWN (she/her/hers) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and best-selling author. As the founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a 20-year-old certified woman- and LGBTQ+-owned industry-leading DEI consulting firm, Jennifer and her team are best known for their process of designing workplace DEI strategies and educational programming that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and non-profit organizations in the US and globally, including FedEx, Hearst, American Red Cross, Under Armor, Major League Baseball, NBA, Toyota, Wells Fargo and many more. Jennifer envisions inclusive organizations where all of us can thrive. As someone who has experienced both the advantages of privilege and the sting of stigma, Jennifer is boldly redefining what it means to truly belong—in the workplace, in our families, and in our communities – and openly shares her powerful and unforgettable true story with audiences to help us challenge our assumptions—about ourselves, about leaders, and others—and take inspired action today for a more inclusive tomorrow. Jennifer is a sought-after keynote speaker for executive leadership on the topic of leading inclusively in uncertain times, and has presented at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global D&I Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, SHE Summit, Responsive, the Better Man Conference, INBOUND, ALTSummit, South by Southwest (SXSW), PBWC (Professional BusinessWomen of California), The Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Texas Conference for Women, and HR Transform. She has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, AdWeek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Inc., CBS, and many more. In addition, she sits on the Influencer Advisory Board for cultural intelligence consultancy Sparks & Honey, as well as L’Oreal’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. Her thought leadership accolades include Top Small Business Female Executive in 2019 (DataBird Business Journal),’s Power List of the Top 200 Thought Leaders to Follow in 2021, a Top 50 D&I and Gender Equality Influencer by Onalytica, one of Engagedly’s Top HR Influencers, and an Inspirational Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year by D&I Leaders Global Benchmarking Survey 2021. Jennifer is the bestselling author of three books, the first being Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change. The first edition of this book, How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, was named one of Catalyst’s 5 Must-Read Books on Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2021, a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award, winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards' Business & Leadership category, and a top SABA 2020 Book Awards Audience Vote. The book and its Inclusive Leader Continuum has found a large and enthusiastic audience as a tool for mindset and behavior change in a wide array of organizational systems, from corporate leadership to academia to trade associations. The second edition of the award-winning book will be released on October 4, 2022. Jennifer also recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on diversity, equity and inclusion in society with thought leader and fellow bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava. The book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World, was announced as a Wall Street Journal bestseller and also listed in Inc 's 22 Books to Read (or Reread) in 2022. Her popular podcast, The Will to Change, appeared on Feedspot’s Top 15 Diversity And Inclusion Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020, and as the host of over 200 episodes, Jennifer interviews leading CEOs, bestselling authors, and entrepreneurs about how we must continue to courageous evolve to ensure greater equity in today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces. For information on JBC’s consulting and training services, please visit us at To learn more about Jennifer’s speaking services, please visit us at

Published content

Four essential traits of inclusive leaders


There are many traits leaders must adopt to be more inclusive, but humility, empathy, vulnerability, and resilience are among the most foundational.

The four-stage journey to becoming an inclusive leader


Fear of the unknown can make implementing change daunting, especially when we know little about the topics and sense we may be blamed personally for the inequities that are uncovered. But as leaders, we have an important role in making change happen. 

Uncertain times call for a new type of leadership


Those who are in the position to make change happen are often either unaware there’s a problem, in denial that inequities exist, or throwing their hands up about the supposed complexity—or cost—of fixing the problem. With this mindset, we are not even scratching the surface of what’s possible.

A more equitable future relies on leaders taking responsibility for their role in the change effort


As leaders, our sphere of influence is bigger than we perceive, and we squander the power and resources we have access to every day that we remain inactive and uninvolved. 

Bringing our full selves to work


What would be possible if all of us were seen, heard, and valued? 

Company details

Jennifer Brown Consulting

Company bio

Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC) believes in unleashing the power of human potential, embracing diversity, and helping people—and organizations—to thrive. The company is on a mission to set a new tone for business, and the world, and to create a more inclusive reality for generations to come by helping organizations create the type of workplace where people no longer feel pressure to downplay aspects of their identity in order to survive; instead, they begin to feel free to bring their full selves to work and motivated to contribute in a way that fuels bottom-line growth. As a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm, JBC understands how important it is to empower leaders to drive positive organizational change and the future of work in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Based in New York City with a global presence, JBC partners with HR, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and business leadership teams on change management efforts relating to human capital everywhere from North America to Southeast Asia. Whether JBC is building classroom training on unconscious bias, setting up a diversity council, leveraging its proprietary ERG Progress Model℠ to transform resource groups into true business partners, launching an executive learning curriculum, rolling out a diverse talent program for an entire organization, or providing eLearning training, everything is customized to resolve each client’s unique challenges. Past clients include Walmart, Starbucks, Toyota Financial Services, Microsoft, the City of New York, T-Mobile, and many others, from the Fortune 1000 to government agencies and nonprofits. JBC has worked with clients at all stages of their diversity and inclusion journey. Get in touch today to assess your readiness for change with a free consultation: visit or email


Corporate leadership

Company size

11 - 50