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Mr. Lewis Brown Griggs

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5616 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco , California 94121
United States

Company Description: Griggs Productions is the pioneer that launched valuing and managing diversity as the most important organizational development issue of the 1980's & 90's....   more

Employment History

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  • Stanford MBA
  • Amherst BA
  • MBA & CPCC
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Keynote Speaker and Lecturer on Diversity and Diversity Training, 10 Aug 2014 [cached]
Lewis Brown Griggs, President and Executive Producer of Griggs Productions is a renowned expert in the fields of diversity issues, relationship dynamics and cultural differences. His DVDs, videos and print products have won over 30 awards! He is the recipient of the 1989 International Human Resource Development Practitioner Award from the American Society of Training and Development. Lewis Griggs speaks and facilitates workshops for organizations such as Amoco, American Express, Dow Chemical, and various government agencies.
Among his award winning videos also stand his two books, Going International ® , and Valuing Diversity ®.
Mr. Griggs has appeared on over 80 television and radio programs, including NBC's Today Show, CBS Morning News, CNN and NPR's All Things Considered. Mr. Griggs is available to your organization or conference for presentations, keynote speeches, lectures and team-building exercises.
Lewis Brown ..., 6 Feb 2013 [cached]
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Lewis Brown Griggs
Lewis Brown Griggs was born 16 August 1948 and raised in Minneapolis / St. Paul, earned an Amherst BA in 1970 and a Stanford MBA in 1980, and gained organizational experience in the federal government ('70-'72), an educational start-up firm ('72-'74), public television ('74-'78), and genetic engineering start-ups ('80-'82).
Next Step article on diversity & diversity training, 10 Aug 2014 [cached]
The Gift of Diversity Up Close with Lewis Griggs
I'm married with two children, a girl and a boy...I've got my Lands End clothes, my Volvo wagon, and my Golden Retrievers...[But] I'm not just another white male," says Lewis Griggs from his San Francisco office.
If you are a person bound by biases and myths, Lewis Griggs may seem to be the poster child for the stereotypical, privileged white male. Instead, he has wandered far from his own demographic profile. Like many you rarely hear about, he "gets it. Griggs has a passion for diversity and has been a pioneer in the field since the early 1980's.
If you were to engage him in conversation, you would find that he is not the typical diversity consultant. Rather, he brings a unique perspective to the field. "I had to start from a different place," he says. "Everyone else had to start from a place of biculturalism, discrimination, oppression and whatever else they had to deal with. I never had any of those experiences- NOT ONE. I've only had the opposite experience. Griggs explains that he was raised among a group of people to whom any difference meant you were an outsider.
As a child, Griggs seldom interacted with other kids who were different. "I was about nine years old before I went to the home of a Jewish kid and spent the night. I wondered what that weird breakfast was they were giving me," he says with a laugh.
Standing still, Griggs remembers asking himself, "Where am I? Who am I? Where am I coming from and what on earth am I supposed to be and do?
In the first episode, Griggs mistakenly walked into a room where about 150 black students were having a meeting. "I saw what I saw and thought, 'Well this is not the place I thought I was going,"' he says. "And I picked up energy in the room, which I could not have articulated then, but I can now. All I could do then was feel it! It was the following: 'Hi Lewis,' because they knew my name. 'It's OK.
The second time where Griggs felt the welcome-and-have-your-space energy was during a party at an upscale discotheque in Boston. Black kids, educated and with "money" were having a good time. Griggs, his girlfriend and two other friends went to learn the popular dance called "The Bump. Griggs felt two things. "Not only did I feel everything I described from the other place, but also the non-verbal message, 'We're not going to ask you to leave, because legally you have the right to be here. We just want you to feel that this is a place where we are being who we really are. If you're comfortable with that, you're welcome to stay, but you'd better not be a gawker!"'
The third was at a gay place, gay across all races, in a large room. "But here they were much more clear,' says Griggs.
To Griggs, America has made a huge shift since the Civil Rights movement. "Over the past 300 years, we've done probably 10 to 100 times better in the last 30 years than we did in the previous 270," he says.
Griggs continues passionately, "For instance, one of those things that feels so powerful to me, is the EEO one.
Although Griggs was a child of the sixties, he did not politically or professionally become driven by AA/EEO compliance. He supported it and understood why it was needed. But he says, "I am really trying to do only deep, personal spiritual work - interpersonal, human, soul work.
Griggs elaborates with examples of women saying "it's sexism" and blacks saying "it's racism.
According to Griggs, there are many things we can do. In our organizations we have "figured out the interpersonal compliant work," which has made much progress. But more important, "We must recognize the so-called diversity relationship issues as absolutely systemic, not a separate diversity program, not a separate AA or EEO policy or practice. It is all connected. It is a system composed of different parts.
Griggs adds, "In every relationship there are gifts, love and benefits.
Griggs concludes, "We need to understand and relate across all our human differences, and value the ones that help us achieve our common goals.
Company info: Griggs Productions diversity training, 10 Aug 2014 [cached]
A diversity-training veteran for more than 25 years, Lewis Brown Griggs specializes in helping companies "maximize human potential."
"Griggs Productions was created from my own blindness, my own ethnocentricity," says Griggs, a Stanford MBA. "I started in this business for my own self-interest and self-improvement."
Using a combination of training tools and services developed by Griggs Productions in San Francisco CA, Lewis has helped more than 6,000 corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies recognize and value cross-cultural diversity among the human resources within our organizations.
In 1983, Griggs debuted a seven-part video series entitled Going International. His work pioneered the awareness of the impact of cultural differences on international business.
Then, in response to the reality of quickly changing demographics in North America, Griggs and fifty corporate sponsors produced the seven-part award-winning Valuing Diversity video series. That was followed by the three-part Valuing Relationship video series, and later by six-part Human Energy at Work video series.
Thereafter, Griggs segued into the interactive multimedia learning market and produced No Potential Lost, a three-part interactive CD-rom series, reinforcing his company as a leader in the training tool development field. Griggs then produced the subsequent Internet/Intranet e-learning program The Potential is Yours so as to reach all employees at the lowest cost.
Griggs is currently in production of a new training tool called Human Spirit at Work.
When he isn't editing his works, Griggs gives presentations about the bottom-line impact of individual and cultural differences at seminars and conferences and within organizations of any size.
"Everything that I co-create, from videos to workbooks to workshops to coaching sessions, are all just training tools," he says.
"You only need me as a catalyst to get diversity consciousness increased in the workplace," says Griggs.
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