Doyin Richards
Champion of Mental Health, Diversity & Inclusion, and Healthy Masculinity

Doyin Richards is the best-selling author of Watch Me, You Matter To Me, and What’s The Difference?, a dynamic keynote speaker, an in-demand diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, and a man who is open about his mental health struggles and inspires others to do the same. He has a strong social media presence with close to 200,000 combined followers on Facebook and Instagram, and he has been featured on The Today Show, NPR, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, Yahoo!, The New York Times, and more.

As a speaker, Doyin has shared his transformative message for top universities, Silicon Valley powerhouses, the motion picture industry, on the TEDx stage, and on a recent commercial for LinkedIn.

Last, but certainly not least, Doyin is a proud Girl Dad, basketball enthusiast, and a man who works tirelessly to ensure everyone feels comfortable showing up to work and to life in an equitable world.

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Feiwel & Friends

In this picture book written by Doyin Richards and illustrated by Robert Paul Jr., You Matter to Me, a dog describes what it’s like to go on walks with his Black owner and wishes that people would see his human as he does: with love.

With honest, age-appropriate storytelling, Doyin Richards starts a conversation about racism that is more important than ever. Here is a book that should be in every home, school, and library as a reminder that everyone matters.

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Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.

In telling the story of how his father came to America, Doyin Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.

What's the Difference?Being Different Is Amazing
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What’s the difference if she has light skin and yours is a little darker? All that matters is the artwork you create together is as colorful as possible . . . As he did in I Wonder, and Today Show parenting expert parenting guru Doyin Richards tackles a timely and universal subject—diversity and acceptance—and distills it for the youngest readers. Because what matters most is not our differences, but what we do together as friends, as families, as colleagues, as citizens. Perfect for sharing as a family or in the classroom, What's the Difference? should find a place in homes and in hearts.

I WonderCelebrating Daddies Doin’ Work
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Perfect for Father's Day or all year round! What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort. Dads may sometimes wonder if they're doing a good job. But one thing they're sure of is that they love every moment with their children.

Real Talk About Race and Mental Health In his most popular keynote speech, Doyin will provide audiences the tangible tools needed to change how they think, love, and fight in terms of creating an equitable world and embracing their mental health at work and beyond.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:
• Noticing a decline in employee satisfaction and engagement — especially from employees of color.
• Searching for ways to educate employees on the cross-section of race and mental health, and how/why they are intertwined.
• Battling the stigma of mental illness as employees of color or as allies to employees of color.

The audience will leave with:
• The answers to why employees of color may feel unsafe or unwelcome in the workplace, and how to fix those issues.
• Three Must Dos and Never Dos to ensure psychological safety of employees of color and their allies.
• The understanding of how their actions (or non-actions) impact others.

Empowering Equity: Creating a Workplace Where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sticks When George Floyd was murdered in 2020, we saw a passionate movement for diversity, equity, and inclusion take hold in America. As we sit here today, that passion has dissipated and many of the ills of pre-2020 are returning into our workplaces. In some cases, those ills never left their workplaces at all. This keynote provides audiences with the necessary tools and strategies to make this work stick for years to come instead of being a trendy “check the box” activity.

This keynote is ideal for individual contributors, leaders, and teams who are:
• Frustrated by the lack of tangible action to support employees of color.
• Willing to help employees of color fight against racism, but don’t know how.
• Ready to feel uncomfortable for the sake of personal growth.

The audience will leave with:
• The discovery that white supremacy hurts everyone, not just people of color.
• Strategies to create an intersectional workplace and limit microaggressions today and for years to come.
• The ability to feel uncomfortable and use that feeling to stay committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Raising, Teaching, and Inspiring Anti-Racist Children Most parents and teachers believe in fighting against racism, but they lack the tools and knowledge to do so in an effective and age-appropriate manner. This speech will inspire kids, parents, and teachers to ensure that the next generation ends racism once and for all.

This keynote is ideal for:
• Kids between the ages of 5-12
• Parents who want to raise anti-racist kids, but don’t know where to start
• Teachers and school administrators who want to ensure their classrooms and schools are as anti-racist as possible

After the session, the audience will be able to:
• Apply strategies for kids to handle racism from family members, their peers, or in their communities
• Identify reasons why it’s important to embrace the color of people and not be “colorblind”
• Identify the most effective ways for parents and kids to be allies to people of color

Watch and read Doyin Richards’s interview with Yahoo! on how dads can talk about race with their children

Watch Doyin Richards’s interview with HuffPost on struggling with depression while parenting

Read about Doyin Richards’s mission to teach anti-racism to kids and parents on TODAY

An interview with Doyin Richards on Anti-Racism Fight Club on Upworthy

Scary Mommy’s interview with Doyin Richards

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"We asked Doyin to participate as one of our main speakers for Marvell's Juneteenth event. Doyin went beyond our expectations. What I love about his talk is he is authentic and real. You connect with him no matter what your background. His personal story about mental health and fighting racism resonates with many and he speaks from experience. I felt his passion through and through and if you are looking for speakers to add to your event, I would highly recommend Doyin — you will not regret it!"
- Azi Amirteymoori, Director, Employee Relations at Marvell Technology

"Doyin was a keynote speaker at a recent virtual event. His session was incredibly dynamic - he made it engaging, interactive, and compelling. Doyin's message provided our audience with tactical steps they could take to be actively anti-racist in their organizations. Following his keynote, we received several points of feedback on how refreshing and direct his presentation was. As an organizer, I was also pleasantly surprised by how engaged & curious Doyin was, to ensure that his keynote would meet the goals and vision for our event - he wanted to design a fantastic keynote, and he delivered."
– Anika Keswani, Director, Global Operations & Strategy at

"Doyin recently delivered a talk at our TED event. Of the hundreds of TED talks I've seen, his stands above the rest. I'm confident his work will continue to make a massive impact on how we build more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and communities. In a year marked by cultural unrest, Doyin's is a voice the world needs to hear. He is an exceptional, dynamic speaker who brings deep insight and every bit of himself to his engagements-whether he's consulting a roomful of executives, taking the TED stage, or interacting with a group of curious kids. He cuts through the nonsense and is authentic to his core, committed to teaching others what it really means to show up every day as an ally to BIPOC. If you're looking for lasting change, if you're ready to get uncomfortable and challenge your biases, if you're ready to be a better human, let Doyin be your guide."
– Anique Mautner, Marketing Director, Speaker Coach, TED

"Doyin is such an energetic and inspirational speaker. His anti-racism and mental health keynote at WACUBO 2022 was so powerful and meaningful. His presentation was highly energetic and educational. Doyin is an outstanding professional and I would certainly recommend this exceptional keynote to others. Fantastic work Doyin!"
– Guadalupe Valencia, Vice President Finance/Chief Financial Officer, Texas Tech University Health Sciences, CGEM

"We were incredibly fortunate to have Doyin as our Keynote speaker at the University of California, Davis annual ADMAN Conference. As a leader at UC Davis, I highly recommend him if you are looking for a presenter, partner, and leader of anti-racism. I continue to receive positive feedback from conference participants, and I cannot thank him enough for the energy and expertise he brought to our campus."
– Jennifer Radke, Chief Administrative Officer, BFTV Administrative Cluster

"It was an absolute pleasure to hear Doyin speak about mental health & wellness through an anti-racist lens as part of the African Ancestry Network's Black History Month celebration. His vulnerability helped to foster deeper connections than a typical hour long session would. He created an engaging and thought-provoking space that was powerful enough to bring you from tears to laughter in moments. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to share this space with Doyin, and we appreciate his continuing this work despite the adversity that is inherent to being an Anti-racist leader. From all of AAN, thank you Doyin!"
– Patreece Spence, Publisher at Elsevier

"Doyin Richards came to our school and spoke to our 4th and 5th grade students. He inspired them to believe in themselves, break through the limits, and never stop believing in their dreams. Not only were his stories interesting and heart felt, but also very sincere and reflective of our students' reality. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, life lessons, tears, smile, and books! The doors to our school and hearts will always be open to you! Doyin's influence on me personally has extended past just anti-racism, he's the reason that I've worked out every day this year. That might not seem like much to many people, but anyone that can get me to do that, through a simple year-end-linkedin-post is someone that can move our opinions of ourselves. His quick wit and compelling non-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is message is vital for us to hear and learn from. We expect to engage Doyin in the future because he transforms the lives of those who encounter him."
– Mariana Godinez, Principal at Carver Elementary in Compton Unified