Today I am talking with Kemy Joseph who is the CEO & Co-Founder of F.E.A.R.S. Advantage, a consulting group on a mission to help 5 Million business leaders advance equity and implement DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in their organizations by 2030 to create a world where people of all backgrounds can live safely and thrive.
Kemy helps purpose-driven business executives leverage equity as a pathway to prosperity to effectively lead their diverse teams through conflicts involving race, politics, and privilege. In a time where people feel so disconnected and unsafe, he’s able to create virtual safe spaces where people have real conversations that build trust, repair relationships and create new sustainable solutions. He also uses a multi-camera setup with music, stories, and group exercises to create highly engaging transformational experiences!
Most people see Kemy’s bright smile, but wouldn’t imagine the hardships behind it. Being raised in Miami, FL as a first-generation Haitian American, he lived in a single-parent household with nine siblings where poverty, violence, and racial inequity traumatized him at an early age.
Growing up, he was socialized as a sexist, racist, homophobe, bigot, bully, and criminal.
As an adult, he’s made the extraordinary effort to re-socialize himself into a human being — a healthy, educated black man who respects women, celebrates diversity, and advances equity for all people. His journey represents the transformation that’s possible when we use negative experiences for positive change and learn the skills we need to treat others equitably.
From that humbling perspective, he brings a great deal of empathy, hope, and productivity to these often difficult conversations. I'm so honored to call him a friend.
Take a listen.👇🏻
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Victoria is a Marketing Mentor to early-stage founders. She has built compelling brands around the globe and has worked as a marketing director across several verticals. She is passionate about helping women think BIGGER about their businesses and giving them the tools to grow. She'd love to connect on LinkedIn or email her at email@example.com.