Lisa Benson is a diversity, inclusion and anti-racism advocate and trainer. She’s fueled by personal experiences with workplace bias, genuine curiosities and a hunger for systemic change.
Dedicated, talented, and self-motivated, Lisa is a professional speaker and Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
She uses her passion for truth and story-telling to educate others about the impact of racial ignorance, systemic racism, and unconscious biases.
Lisa’s understanding of racial hierarchies and disparities was enriched by her study of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. She also earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.
While in Atlanta, Lisa refined her passion for fact-finding and connecting with others while working at CNN-Impact and WGNX-CBS46. From there, the St. Louis native went on to work in newsrooms in Missouri and Illinois before planting roots in Kansas City.
Lisa recently triumphed in federal court over a national media company. She was wrongfully terminated for sharing an article on her personal Facebook page about “white tears" after accusing the media giant of racial discrimination.
“White tears” is a phrase used to acknowledge the existence of white privilege in the racial dynamic that can exist between white women and women of color.
Jurors unanimously found E.W. Scripps guilty of retaliation. Prior to her wrongful termination, Lisa had courageously filed a race discrimination lawsuit against E.W. Scripps. She understood that pursuing justice in federal court would be an uphill battle, but she refused to settle.
As a chairperson for MORE2, the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, Lisa understands that facing fears, seeking truth and refusing to be silenced are powerful keys to institutional change.
Her relentless drive propels her to educate others about the true costs of discrimination and exclusion. Lisa uses her expertise to educate teachers, business leaders, and industry professionals to create better work environments for all.
When Lisa’s not working she enjoys reading, writing, traveling and hanging out with her husband and two young sons.
Lisa can be reached at www.lisabenson.org.