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Author and Coach Jocelyn Giangrande

after 25 years working with over 100 organizations. I learned that great companies have exceptional leadership and a culture of DEI.  I can help you achieve both.

You cannot get there without investing in your leaders

It takes exceptional leadership skills, awareness, and sensitivity to build cultures that attract and retain talent.  Therefore, you must select the right leaders, invest in their development, and hold them accountable to your values.  That is what I can help you do. 

Through my leadership development programs, workshops and coaching, I equip leaders with skills to be inclusive, flexible, and communicate effectively.

Build the right culture and they will come and stay

It also takes an environment where your talent feels embraced, valued, and respected to build an exceptional organization.  An environment that promotes inclusion where everyone has a voice, an opportunity to contribute and perform at their best is what sets you apart.  That takes a culture of DEI. 

Building a DEI culture is essential and taking a strategic and systemic approach is critical.  That is what I may also help you achieve.  Through my strategic consultations, inclusive leadership coaching and visioning, together we can build the culture you desire and need for today and tomorrow. 

This is my passion

It may sound cliché to say I found my passion; however, it is true.  I love what I do, and nothing is more satisfying than having a role in organizational success.  I believe in playing to your strengths, creating an environment where ideas are exchanged, and diverse perspectives are valued.  This is what sets the great apart from the rest. 

I hope to help you and your organization be all it can be.  And more!

Your DEI Guide and Friend,


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Top-Down Commitment

How Good CEOs Do Diversity and Great Ones Build Culture

Game-Changing Book for CEOs and Executive Teams!


“This book has long been needed, yet it couldn’t be more timely or relevant. Although written for CEOs, every high-performing team should read and follow it. Giangrande’s clarity of thought and pragmatic approach jump off the page as she guides us through the steps required to instill a DEI culture.” –DAVID GREENE, President Colby College 

“We build companies, brands, and teams, but it doesn’t matter if we don’t first build a culture that is rooted in DEI. Every builder needs an architect, and Jocelyn understands what it takes to build diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures.” -TONY COLES, Division President, iHeartMedia Black Information Network (BIN)

Jocelyn’s book is so important as a guide for CEOs to reflect and think about why and how they are focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in their companies. It starts by looking inward—what are the values of the CEO and the executive team, what does leadership stand for, how do they behave on a daily basis, and how is DEI imbedded into everything the organization does.” –Nancy Schlichting, Ret. President, CEO Henry Ford Health System, 2022 Inductee, Healthcare Hall of Fame

Overall, Jocelyn’s approach to DEI is unique and successful because it’s collaborative and thoughtful. She is not prescriptive, offering quick fixes to complex challenges. She makes it clear you will have to put in the hard work, but she’s there with you every step of the way in this vital journey. Thankfully for us, Jocelyn poured her best tips into this book, providing a step-by-step guide to replicating this DEI success in your company.” -Mark Gray, CEO, Katz Media Group

Top-Down Commitment provides a common-sense direction and a clear process for driving an inclusive, respectful, and fair culture. The process outlined is a valuable tool for CEOs and all leaders who are willing to be humble, keep learning, and grow.” -MICHAEL GOAD, President, Dow Chemical Employee Credit Union 

“This book truly distinguishes itself from so many other DEI books because of its straight talk to CEOs and the practical and actionable guidance that it provides. Giangrande answers the question as to why so many well-intended diversity initiatives start strong, but never gain enough traction to deliver expected results.” -MONICA E. EMERSON, Former U.S. Department of the Navy, Diversity Officer, Retired Daimler Chrysler, Corporate Diversity Officer, Founder and Principal, Inclusive Performance Solutions

To be successful, a commitment to diversity and cultural awareness is essential to make sure employees from all represented groups are supported, productive, and committed to the organization. Top-Down Commitment helps you achieve a DEI culture.” BRAD COULTER, President & CEO, Matrix Human Services

“Top-Down Commitment is a practical and timely read and a valuable resource for CEOs and all leaders that want to be at the forefront of building a superior DEI culture. It provides a solid roadmap for developing a great DEI program with a lesson in each of the 10 chapters.” -MARY E. CORRADO, President & CEO, ASE

“Giangrande shares her talents, expertise, and experience with focus on strategy, process, and presence. She writes pragmatically with the “must dos” for corporate leaders and explores the “why” of diversity, equity, and inclusion.” -LAURITA THOMAS, President, American Research Universities, Human Resources Institute

Let Jocelyn be your guide on your personalized DEI journey. Follow her action steps for a realistic and positive approach. With Jocelyn’s direction you will develop, communicate, measure, and successfully implement your own customized DEI business strategy plan. I appreciated learning how to integrate and incorporate DEI into my every-day business practices. Start today, “Be a Great One” and make a difference in your business, your community, and our world. -JULIE A. MCFARLAND, President, McNaughton & Gunn

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Whether it’s building a sustainable DEI culture or developing inclusive leaders, I can help.


DEI strategic planning, cultural transformations, shaping DEI visions and leading the strategic direction of DEI initiatives.

Jocelyn is multi skilled from consulting to being an instructor. You can see her Management Coaching talents come through as she helps make your organization a better place. She focuses on RESPECT for all people not just one or two facets. If you are looking for a partner to help you make your organization better contact Jocelyn.

— Linda Moore, Human Resources, Business Leader


Interactive trainings such as DEI for 21st Century Leadership, If You’re Human, You’re Biased, and Cross-Cultural Collaboration & Communication earn top-box ratings.

Jocelyn presented a webinar on Diversity & Inclusion and Implicit Bias. She delivered everything expected and more, she effectively engaged the audience at a level I haven’t seen before. After the webinar I received many emails appreciating this opportunity. Here are some examples: “Jocelyn made me feel so positive about a topic, and in a time that it is often so negative. I could have listened to her for the rest of the day.”
— Brock Varner, Human Resources Leader


Coaching leaders to inclusion with the skills and guidance to engage, respect and create environments where teams excel.

Jocelyn has facilitated a number of Diversity & Inclusion training sessions for our staff. The trainings were well received and staff truly enjoyed Jocelyn as the facilitator. Jocelyn is very engaging and knows her stuff! We definitely recommend Jocelyn to other business organizations.

-Michele Hansel, Senior Human Resources Leader


Whether it’s a conference, retreat or panel, Jocelyn will captivate your audience with thought-provoking stories, educational exercises and motivational personality. Learn More

Jocelyn was our guest speaker for our leadership retreat. The first 20 seconds into her presentation she had people at ease, and engaged. She is a dynamic speaker, and her delivered message is well thought out and prepared to capture your audience and gain the awareness you need to enhance the business culture.

Marla Stuck, Chief Human Resources Officer
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dei workshops

If you’re looking for unique, engaging, and thought-provoking presentations, let’s talk.  

Providing educational experiences that are relevant, developmental, and engaging helps teams learn and grow.  Therefore, I put a lot of care into designing workshops that are customizable, reflect your values with immediate applicability. 

My goal is to ensure every participant has an opportunity to engage in thought-provoking research, robust discussions, and developmental exercises. Together, we’ll build high-performing organizations, inclusive leaders, and respectful workplaces.

DEI presentations and workshops

My popular dei workshops