Lawrence Otis Graham
African-American Attorney, Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Lawrence Otis Graham a nationally known author, attorney and commentator on race, politics and diversity in America. A lecturer on governmental affairs and employment issues, Larry is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board, and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and Dutchess Community College. He began his legal career at a major…
Lawrence Otis Graham a nationally known author, attorney and commentator on race, politics and diversity in America. A lecturer on governmental affairs and employment issues, Larry is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board, and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and Dutchess Community College.
He began his legal career at a major New York law firm, served as a White House Intern, and has counseled government officials throughout Westchester, New York City and New York State. An author of many business articles, Larry is a New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, and was a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. He offers weekly commentary on Cablevision News 12 TV, which keeps him in contact with the top government officials in the region. Larry has served as legal commentator for WNBC and has appeared on “The Today Show”, and PBS’ “Charlie Rose”. His corporate research has appeared in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
Larry was awarded, by Chief Justice Judith Kaye, the Distinguished Service Award by the Tribune Society of the Unified Courts in the State of New York. Larry was honored, along with New York State Appellate Judge Sondra Miller, by the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award, which is given each year to a distinguished judge or attorney by the 108-year-old organization.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
In addition to performing long-term consulting projects, Lawrence Otis Graham and his firm of Progressive Management tailor a variety of lectures and workshops to the needs of different audiences. His work has been cited in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times of London, Fortune Magazine and other news media. He has worked with such organizations as Corning, Lucent Technologies, Walt Disney Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dallas Public Schools, Hewlett Packard and United Technologies.
- Board Members and Chief Executive Officers
- Line Managers and Supervisors
- Middle and Senior Level Managers
- Human Resource Executives
- Diversity Task Force Committee Members
- Affirmative Action and Diversity Managers
- Employees, New Recruits and Interns
Lecture/Discussion on “Using Proversity to Eliminate Passive Bias
First presented by Graham at Harvard Business School and drawn from his book, Proversity (Wiley), this discussion consists of a 60-minute talk and 30-minute question and answer session. It examines such issues as how to recognize and address our own passive bias; Professor Graham’s undercover experience of exposing passive bias at a Connecticut country club where business networks are created; how Proversity gets us to respect differences and find what we have in common; and how to find bottomline economic benefits of diversity management.
Professor Graham meets for a 90-minute trouble-shooting session where he presents the best practices of companies that were included in his book, The Best Companies for Minorities, as well as those of other leading organizations. He presents those companies’ diversity practices as well as his “11 Principles for Good Corporate Diversity” and answers questions that participants have regarding their own current diversity practices and other challenges they face. Strategies for improving recruitment and retention are discussed. Participants are introduced to “The Progressive Manager’s 12 Commandments”.
From Passive-Biased Employee to Progressive Manager: A Story
In this workshop, attendees are given a story and/or a series of stories (taking place inside and outside the workplace) to read and analyze. After participants have worked individually or in small groups, the moderator asks them to give their impressions of the actions taken by certain characters. Professor Graham and workshop participants identify problem issues and offer solutions. This workshop addresses political correctness, traditional networks, affirmative action, employee backlash, fear of those who are different and other issues.
Becoming a Progressive Manager
Based on a 12-part framework that we introduced on CNN, this leadership model shows how to manage work within a diverse organization so that the best is brought out in employees, consumers and an organization’s bottom line.
- Applying the Techniques of The Progressive Manager
- Operating in The Progressive Manager’s Universe: A 12-part Framework
- The Progressive Manager’s 12 Commandments
- Responding to the Affirmative Action Debate
Reaching the Underrepresented
One of our best-known program areas is based on our 2-year research that led to our top-selling book The Best Companies For Minorities (Penguin Books). The following topics address the well-represented as well as the underrepresented groups in your organization.
- Handling Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Religion/Age/Sexual Orientation/Disability Issues
- The Best Practices of “The Best Companies” and How They are Screened
- Eliminating Subtle Bias that Affects Women, Minorities and Others
- Establishing Employee Groups that Help an Organization′s Bottom Line
- Creating a Mentorship Program to Help Underrepresented Groups
- Tips for Improving Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Candidates
- 11 Principles for Good Corporate Diversity
- Diversity Training Strategies that Work
1 Way To Look At Racial Profiling
1 HOUR OR LESS