Dr. Jen O’Ryan is a consulting editor specializing in Inclusion, Diversity, and Representation.
She holds a PhD in Human Behavior and her background in tech includes designing new
experiences for customers, launching global initiatives, and leading organizational change.
After an extensive career of instigating change at Fortune 100 companies and a few small-
but-mighty startups, Jen created Double Tall Consulting. She works with publishers, authors,
and product owners who want their content to be welcoming across a broader audience
A data geek at heart, Jen brings an extensive grasp of how people interact with technology,
with each other, and with change.
She frequently speaks at conferences, on podcasts, and
panels related to Inclusion and Diversity, organizational behavior, and influencing change.
Jen is also the author of “Inclusive AF: A Field Guide for ‘Accidental’ Diversity Experts”.
Reaching Amazon’s #1 New Release across multiple categories, this heartfelt guide provides
a roadmap for anyone thinking about Inclusion and Diversity in their organization.
Outside of I&D work, Jen is a travel enthusiast and avid runner.
She also has a strange affinity
for bad 80’s music, getting lost in new cities, and scary movies.
Author of “Inclusive AF: A Field Guide for ‘Accidental’ Diversity Experts”
#1 New Release in;
• Business Management Science
• Workplace Behavior
• Organizational Change (Kindle Store)
Ph.D. in Human Behavior, MBA, B.A. in Ethics and Human Behavior.
Founder of Double Tall Consulting
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10 QUESTIONS THAT JEN CAN BE ASKED
0. What are some of the reasons that really good I&D initiatives don’t get the expected results?
1. Why is inclusion and diversity so important? Why are we talking about it?
2. Why should we even talk about gender identity and orientation in the workplace (or organization)?
3. What is it that most people “get wrong” about Inclusion and Diversity? Or about toxic work environments?
4. What can someone listening do today that can influence change? Even if they have zero budget and no resources?
5. So what is an ‘accidental’ expert? Related – why this title for your book?
6. What’s the deal with all the ‘letters’ (LGBTQIA….)? Related – asking about the difference between gender identity and orientation
7. Example, a company of 10k employees vs one with 10 employees – how can they possibly introduce effective culture change? Don’t they already have HR policies?
8. What about people with deeply held religious beliefs or strong opinions about LGBTQ+ people?
9. Where do you think we’re heading as a country around LGBTQ+ equity?
10. How about companies who aren’t ready to make a “political statement” around LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity? Any advice for them?
8 TOPICS THAT JEN CAN DISCUSS
1. Top reasons that Inclusion and Diversity initiatives sputter out or don’t get the results you want (and how to avoid/work through).
2. Your company hired a Chief Diversity Officer, now what?
3. Leading Inclusion and Diversity as an “accidental” expert. Practical steps for those working on I&D initiatives with limited budget, resources, or influence.
4. Returning the office? Why people aren’t ready for what’s next and how to prep your teams.
5. Keeping yourself (and the people you lead) intact during chaotic times.
6. Supporting your employees when their world is on fire.
7. When something feels “off” (inclusiveness, toxic environments, bullying). How to recover your once
healthy, engaged team.
8. Gender and sexual orientation (how to talk about it in the workplace, LGBTQ+ “101”)
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
A FIELD GUIDE FOR ‘ACCIDENTAL’ DIVERSITY EXPERTS
Reaching Amazon’s #1 New Release across multiple categories, this heartfelt guide is designed for anyone thinking about Inclusion and Diversity in their business or organization.
Jen gets to the heart of leading people through change. She breaks down ambiguous and sometimes emotionally charged subjects through personable anecdotes, emphasizing human connection, and practical application for a variety of situations.
You’ll learn how to design inclusive programs that benefit everyone, launch well-defined projects to implement them, and lead people through the changes. Whether you are one person working with zero budget or have funding and an enthusiastic team supporting the effort, there is something in here for you.