Celebrating Black Excellence: Meet 5 Inspiring Franchise-Savvy Keynote Speakers

Black History Month: Risha Grant; Simon T. Bailey; Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour; Eric Boles; Chef Jeff Henderson

This month it’s time to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. Excited to feature five outstanding black franchise-savvy keynote speakers who have made a significant impact for our franchise audiences.

Risha Grant:
Diversity & Inclusion Expert
Motivated by her passion to correct societal “isms” like racism, sexism, classism, and plain old stupidism, it is Risha Grant’s personal mission to expose the subtleties and values of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion while shining a light on the impacts they create. From her race, gender, and lifestyle choices, to growing a small business and tackling economic, moral, and business issues, every area of her life intersects diversity.

Simon T. Bailey, MA, CSP, CPAE:
Shift Your Thinking | Find Your Brilliance
Success magazine calls Simon T. Bailey one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals through practical advice and specific tactics. He joins a list that includes Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, and Tony Robbins. His expertise focuses on change, leadership, and customer experience. He’s worked with over 1,500 organizations in 45 different countries. As an innovator, educator, executive advisor, speaker, and author, he shapes the lives of franchisees around the world.

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour:
America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot | Former Marine & Cop
Combat tests you. Being a beat cop tests you. Life tests you. Three brothers and being the only girl…tests you. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. A gutsy trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of “firsts” including America’s first Black woman combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter.

Eric Boles:
Coaching, Training, and Inspiring

Through a combination of coaching, consulting, and training, Eric Boles helps franchise organizations collapse time, achieve goals quickly, and function within their purpose and values. The results organizations experience are real and powerful. He helps organizations such as Dunkin’ Brands, Aviva, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, New Season Markets and others take leaps toward reaching their organizational goals with company-wide support and enthusiasm.

Chef Jeff Henderson:
Award-Winning Chef | Personal & Professional Development

Known around the world as Chef Jeff, Jeff Henderson is an award-winning American chef, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, television personality, and highly sought-after leader in personal and professional development. Known for his dynamic teachings and powerful story of personal transformation, Jeff illuminates audiences with proven, high-impact strategies that empower change, inspire fulfillment, and motivate millions to live the lives of their dreams.


Let us know if you’d like to chat about any of these amazing speakers and explore how they might WOW! Your teams at your next event!  We LOVE them ALL!

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