Keynote 1- Overcoming Adversity

through the lens of Diversity & Inclusion

Keynote Description: 2020 has proven that change is needed in terms of how we tackle Diversity and Inclusion as a society & organizations. In this signature talk, Joze shares his journey of overcoming the adversity of being different by discussing empowerment through self-acceptance, facing fears through repeated exposure to discomfort and the necessity of organizations' leadership & HR professionals to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that an employee, prospective hire, supplier or client might be facing. Beyond merely labelling, D&I is a complex tango, it takes two: the empowerment of the individual and the inclusive acceptance from the other members of the organization. Actionable takeaways for building a culture of belonging will be shared, interspersed with lighthearted moments of comedy.

Your audience will feel better informed, more empathetic and motivated to launch (or contribute) to D&I initiatives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhance the understanding of why it's necessary to create inclusive workplace cultures

  • Actionable takeaways for fostering a greater sense of inclusion and belonging

  • Enhancing the capacity of courage, self-acceptance, persistence and resilience

Suggested structure (60 min):

  1. Award winning keynote (30-45 min)

  2. Live discussion with moderator (0-15 min)

  3. Deep Dive Q&A (15 min)

Format: Virtual or in-person

Languages: English, French or Spanish

*Also available in Training (2-4 hours)

Suggested Audience

  • HR Conferences

  • DE&I-oriented company event

  • DE&I oriented conference

  • Exec Deep Dive

  • Leadership retreat

  • Team building event

Keynote 2 - Conquering Fears, Building Resilience and Skyrocketing Potential

Keynote Description: The pandemic-induced societal and personal changes have made one thing clear: every single human being needs to grow their resilience and capacity for overcoming discomfort and fears.

Drawing from his personal journey of overcoming adversity, from holding back immensely due to a

debilitating stutter to performing on stages worldwide, Joze Piranian will deliver his concrete

blueprint for confronting challenges, building unshakeable resilience, defeating the discomfort of learning new skills to thrive, and reframing our relationship with fears in order to thrive amidst uncertainty. The transformational insights of his award winning keynote will be infused with hilarious comedic moments (as performed at the Laugh Factory).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Roadmap for identifying current fears and obstacles that are currently reducing potential

  • Actionable takeaways for building confidence to overcome professional & personal challenges

  • Enhancing the capacity of courage, self-acceptance, persistence and resilience

Suggested structure (60 min):

  1. Award winning keynote (30-45 min)

  2. Live discussion with moderator (0-15 min)

  3. Deep Dive Q&A (15 min)

Format: Virtual or in-person

Languages: English, French or Spanish

*Also available in Training (2-4 hours)

Suggested Audience

  • Association conference

  • Sales meeting

  • Mental Health Event

  • Large employee events (morale boosters)

  • Celebration event

  • Team building event

  • Leadership retreat

Keynote 3 -Skyrocketing student potential through inclusion and resilience

How can your students become the absolute best versions of themselves? How can they own what makes them unique instead of worrying about fitting in? How can they be the most empathetic, understanding & empowering allies to those who have been marginalized in one way or another?

 

Joze shares his journey of overcoming the adversity of being different by discussing empowerment by cultivating self-acceptance, facing fears through repeated exposure to discomfort and the necessity of students to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that a peer might be experiencing.

Beyond merely labelling, Diversity & Inclusion is a complex tango, it takes two: the empowerment of the individual on the one hand and the inclusive acceptance from their peers on the other. Actionable takeaways for building a culture of inclusion and belonging will be shared, in addition to a blueprint for how to face obstacles, fears and insecurities on order to fulfill one's potential. The keynote will also include some moments of lightheartedness and humour.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will enhance their capacity of courage, persistence and resilience

  • Students will enhance their understanding of inclusivity and empathy

  • Students will gain confidence through humour, self-acceptance and coping skills

Suggested structure (60 min):

  1. Award winning keynote (30-45 min)

  2. Live discussion with moderator (0-15 min)

  3. Q&A (15 min)

Format: Virtual or in-person

Languages: English, French or Spanish

*Also available in Training (2-4 hours)

Suggested Audience

-Orientation week

-Diversity & Inclusion oriented event

-Commencement Speech/Ceremony

- Staff/Teachers/Parents events

Workshop  -  Speed Socials

Quite often, an individual within an organization will have very limited interactions with the rest of their team or department. This isolation might be caused by the fact that this person is holding back because they are different, either in terms of cultural background, orientation, ability, gender, or because they deal with severe social anxiety, shyness (or hey, the lockdown!).  This can severely affect the effectiveness of the team and can cause endless missed opportunities for synergy. One solution for that is to organize what I call Speed Socials . How does it work?

  • 2 hour long mandatory* event

  • Participants: members of a team or department (depending on size)

  • Moderated face to face conversations with insightful questions facilitated by Joze                (think 'speed dating' but for building authentic professional relationships)

*This event would have to be mandatory in order to prevent people who tend to isolate in the first place to not skip it! 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Creating authentic connections that go beyond superficial labels

  • Setting the foundation for deeper relationships and significantly more effective collaboration

  •  Fostering greater inclusion, belonging and engagement within the teams. 

Suggested structure (120 min):

  1. Introductory speech  (15 minutes)

  2. Live discussion with moderator (90 min)

  3. Group share & conclusion (15 min)

Format: Virtual or in-person

Languages: English, French or Spanish

Suggested Audience

-Company event

-Breakout session at a conference/convention

- D&I oriented event

- Team building event

Lie Comedy Show  -  Sofa Laughs

​What is Sofa Laughs?

  • Sofa Laughs is a corporate-friendly virtual comedy experience that has featured some of the best comedians in the world as seen on Netflix, Just For Laughs, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Stephen Colbert Show and The Voice.

  • Sofa Laughs was founded by lifelong stutterer, Joze Piranian, a TEDx speaker and the winner of the 2017 Inspirational Speaker of the Year Award - his Goalcast video has been seen by more than 3,000,000 people. He’s also a CBC featured stand-up comedian who speaks 6 languages and yes, he stutters in all of them!

  • A 60 minute virtual stand-up comedy show exclusively for your team; enabling remote team bonding and improving employee morale & engagement.

Outcomes for Employer:

  • Why not be a pioneer in providing exclusive world class entertainment for the people of your organizations to express gratitude/appreciation during times of uncertainty and change?

  • Unique shared experiences with employees results in higher team morale & an increase in team productivity leading to an increase in revenue potential.

Outcomes for Teams:

 

  • Employees are striving for a sense of belonging to a team and sharing experiences that are both meaningful and fulfilling.

  • Laughing is scientifically proven to relieve stress and boredom, boosts engagement and well-being, and spurs not only creativity and collaboration but also analytic precision and productivity

Suggested structure (60 min):

  1. Joze introduces the show as MC (10 minutes)

  2. Diverse Comedians are introduced and perform! (45 minutes)

  3.  Final words and conclusion (5 minutes)

Format: Virtual or in-person

Languages: English, French or Spanish

Suggested Audience

-Company event

-Team Building event

-D&I event 

-Mental Health event

-Fundraiser