My name is John Graham Jr.
I'm the VP, Employer Brand, Culture and Diversity as Shaker Recruitment Marketing and the author of Plantation Theory. I identify as:
It is said that one of the hardest questions to answer in life is "Who are you?" Through self-discovery, failure, and success I know myself to be a creative communicator, a connector of cultures and a leader by inspiration. I believe in the power of human connection and I take pride in being the bridge between aspirations and opportunities for others.
Professionally, my passion is helping global companies discover the essence of who they are at their core. Through award winning employer brand and employee value proposition development, I’ve found fulfillment in discovering innovative ways to bring the humanity of employee stories to life. This work has helped to redefine internal cultures and connect critical external talent to their dream jobs. As a content marketer my jam is unlocking the hidden potential of authenticity and ensuring that the right message, finds the right audience, at the right time, on the right platform.
As a keynote speaker, coach and executive consultant I engage global audiences on topics ranging from Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the future of work, the power of personal branding, and employer brand activation through culture marketing strategies. As a result, I’ve been able to help CEOs navigate diversity strategies, executives develop a more authentic voice on social media, students land their first dream job and seasoned professionals rebrand themselves to attract their next career opportunity.
“Plantation Theory is written to give voice to the experience that so many have that they didn't feel they could speak up on. It’s validation that you're not crazy. There's nothing wrong with you.”
“It's for the allies who want to understand more, how they can better position themselves to be of assistance and it's for abolitionists, who are willing to put something at risk to change the systems that are. I make a very clear delineation between allies and abolitionists because I truly believe that allies can quit the race when they get too tired, as we have to continue the marathon, but we need abolitionists who are gonna stand up, pick us up, remove the barriers, and put their security at risk to see the right thing done.”
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For Black professionals, the vision for the future will require a confrontation with the notion of freedom versus security. For companies and individuals in privileged positions of power, performative measures and diversity theater are no longer enough.