Christy Pruitt-Haynes

Pushing organizations and individuals towards excellence

Topics include:

  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Intersectionality

  • Leadership

  • Corporate Culture 

  • Workplace Success

  • Women’s Issues / Excellence in Women

  • Adulting

  • Communication

  • Team Dynamics

  • Strategy

  • Disability Related Issues

Available for:

  • Keynotes

  • Breakout sessions

  • Facilitation

  • Training

  • Emceeing

  • Panel discussions

  • Podcasts

Biography

Funny, Brilliant, Needed, Open, Resourceful, Awesome, Strategic and Gorgeous…those are all words recent audiences have used to describe Christy (the last one was by her mom, but it still counts).  If you ask Christy to describe herself, she will say, I’m like bacon, bourbon and butter…I try to make everything better! Combining her desire to solve problems, strategic thinking and keen self-awareness with degrees in Personnel & Labor Relations and HR Development, and 20 Plus years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Christy is convinced that every situation can be improved with a lot of logic, a little humor and healthy dose of confidence.


The TEDx speaker and Nashville Emerging Leader Award recipient held executive positions at Infiniti Americas/Nissan, CMT, and the Memphis Grizzlies. Christy offers innovative speaking, training, and coaching to help organizations excel with diverse talent while helping diverse talent identify and maximize opportunities.


Christy has displayed her expertise in leadership development, diversity, strategic planning and adulting through recent speaking, consulting, or service with Dollar General, Nissan, Vanderbilt University, MSHRM, The Entrepreneur’s Center, Pathway Women’s Business Center, the International Conference on Diversity, and many more.


When she’s not helping individuals and organizations excel, you will likely find Christy laughing with her family, adding stamps in her passport with friends, or hunting for new coffees or cabernets to add to her list of favorites.

Why She Is Your Speaker

"Christy is an engaging, entertaining and effective speaker. Having heard her present to two very different groups on very different topics, I was impressed with her ability to reach each of them. Not only dd she take the time to understand the culture of our organization, she dug deeper to ensure her talks spoke to our core values and goals. She was a pleasure to work with and I’d welcome the chance to do so again."

Bethany Mason, Director, Employment Branding and Inclusion - Dollar General


“…Once again, Christy sparked excitement and helped the audience to see the D&I need and vision. We all walked away with goals to move the needle for ourselves and our organization. I highly recommend Christy for speaking and training events. She is professional, knowledgeable and passionate about the topics she speaks on.”

Veronica Terrell, Sr. Engagement Manager, Deloitte


“Christy M. Pruitt-Haynes closed out the day with an amazing session entitled 'We wrote the Diversity Policy...isn't that enough???'. I have to say, Christy is a phenomenal speaker! Her message, in itself, was powerful and thought provoking, but it was her delivery that kept the audience engaged! If you haven't heard one of Christy's lectures, she is one to add to your company's next seminar agenda! Kudos Christy!”

Renee Williams, CEO, Her Vision Studios

Most Requested Talks

We Wrote the Diversity Policy, Isn’t That Enough?

How Diversity Moves Every Organization Towards Excellence

Everyone has their own definition of diversity and their own reason why it does or doesn’t work, but deep down most of us think that the world would be a little better off if everyone just saw things our way. We all strive to be confident, competent, and consider ourselves successful so when people look, act or talk differently than we do our first impulse may be, “why are they doing it that way, don’t they know the company would be more successful if everyone was just like me.” We’ll not only define diversity in business terms but go on to teach how all of those different ways of thinking and acting will move your company towards excellence. You’ll walk away with an actionable plan that will strengthen your organization, improve engagement and enhance"


Banish The Miss Congeniality Complex

Helping Women Succeed In The Workplace

Giving, Selfless, Accommodating - these are just a few words that describe the idea of being Miss Congeniality. They are also words used to describe the traits women are often expected to have...but how does that play out in the workplace? And how do the realities of the glass ceiling and the concept of women who want to “have it all” fit in the conversation? This seminar will discuss how to break through the glass ceiling without being labeled the office "witch"? It will provide humor, personal experiences, and important information on defining success in your own terms and achieving it “in a man’s world.” From learning how to be your biggest advocate to knowing when to say, “No” (and when to say, “Heck Yes!”) learn tangible skills to become the YOU you have always wanted to be.


Do You Hear the Words Coming Out of My Mouth?

Using Communication to Enhance Relationships

Whether it’s your spouse, your boss or your direct reports, there are always people that you find it easier to communicate with than others. This course will help you understand why and give you easy tools to improve your relationships through communication. You will explore your preferred communication style, learn how to quickly determine someone else’s style, and learn strategies for better communication with others based on their style. You will walk away able to improve challenging work relationships and further develop healthy ones through the art of effective communication


No, No, No…We Really Like Being Mediocre

Exploring The 5 Keys to Organizational Excellence

We don’t typically hear new business owners say, “ I hope to start a mediocre company that hovers around the middle of the pack before fading away into obscurity.” From public perception and employee satisfaction to the financial standing of your company, all companies aspire to be excellent. Successful companies have a few common traits that they exhibit every day. This course will discuss five such traits and ways to make sure your company eats, sleeps, and lives those traits in all day to day decisions.