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Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Keynote Speaker: Anti-Racist Essayist, Author & Educator

Tim Wise Biography

Tim Wise is among the most prominent writers and educators on issues of race and racial equity in the United States. He has spent the past 27 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations across the country about methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant in cases involving racial discrimination in the workplace in Washington State, New York, and California.

Wise is the author of nine books, including his latest essay collection, "Dispatches from the Race War," and his highly-acclaimed memoir, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son". Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to 25 additional books, and his essays have appeared in dozens of popular, professional, and scholarly journals and newspapers.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was the Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” and "The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race & Class in America," both from the Media Education Foundation. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and has been featured on Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, 20/20, and 48 Hours, among other national news programs. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

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Tim Wise Speaking Topics

DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

In this presentation, Tim Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in the workplace, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity. As Wise explains, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (dead on arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them.

Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees of color, and doing real damage to the cause of equity. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.

Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change

In this presentation, Wise explores the trajectory of anti-racism analysis, activism, and "equity work" since the killing of George Floyd. From implicit bias training to workshops on white privilege and fragility, too much of the work has focused on white people as individuals — fixing their biases, checking their privileges, and challenging their fragility — rather than creating policies, practices, and procedures that will produce greater equity for all. While understanding implicit bias, privilege, and fragility can be helpful as a first step, it remains too easy to get stuck at that level, never moving on to explore systemic change. Even worse, a focus on individual privilege or bias engenders defensiveness among white employees that can torpedo the important work that needs to be done. In this speech, Wise discusses how to bring a systemic lens to our anti-racism, so as to avoid these pitfalls, reduce defensiveness and move our institutions in the direction of real change.

Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

In this presentation (which can also be offered as a longer workshop), Wise explores the causes, both formal and informal, for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies, practices, and procedures that exist within organizations -- and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — audience members/participants can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater equity and going beyond surface level diversity.

Among the topics explored in this session are:

  • The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
  • The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
  • Privilege as the flipside of oppression
  • Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps - The Hidden Key to Disparities
  • The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
  • Strategies for creating equity throughout our institutions

Tim Wise Videos

Anti-Racism Educator Tim Wise Deconstructs "Pandemic-ing While White"
Tim Wise: Higher Education's Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist
Tim Wise - Checking White Privilege

How to book Tim Wise?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tim Wise for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Tim Wise, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tim Wise or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Tim Wise?

Booking fees for Tim Wise, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tim Wise, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Tim Wise?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tim Wise for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tim Wise for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tim Wise or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tim Wise or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Tim Wise is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Race Issues and Authors. The estimated speaking fee range to book Tim Wise for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Tim Wise generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Roberts and Ijeoma Oluo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tim Wise for an upcoming event.

Tim Wise Speaking Topics

  • DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

    In this presentation, Tim Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in the workplace, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity. As Wise explains, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (dead on arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them.

    Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees of color, and doing real damage to the cause of equity. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.

  • Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change

    In this presentation, Wise explores the trajectory of anti-racism analysis, activism, and "equity work" since the killing of George Floyd. From implicit bias training to workshops on white privilege and fragility, too much of the work has focused on white people as individuals — fixing their biases, checking their privileges, and challenging their fragility — rather than creating policies, practices, and procedures that will produce greater equity for all. While understanding implicit bias, privilege, and fragility can be helpful as a first step, it remains too easy to get stuck at that level, never moving on to explore systemic change. Even worse, a focus on individual privilege or bias engenders defensiveness among white employees that can torpedo the important work that needs to be done. In this speech, Wise discusses how to bring a systemic lens to our anti-racism, so as to avoid these pitfalls, reduce defensiveness and move our institutions in the direction of real change.

  • Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

    In this presentation (which can also be offered as a longer workshop), Wise explores the causes, both formal and informal, for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies, practices, and procedures that exist within organizations -- and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — audience members/participants can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater equity and going beyond surface level diversity.

    Among the topics explored in this session are:

    • The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
    • The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
    • Privilege as the flipside of oppression
    • Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps - The Hidden Key to Disparities
    • The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
    • Strategies for creating equity throughout our institutions

Tim Wise Videos

Anti-Racism Educator Tim Wise Deconstructs "Pandemic-ing While White"
Tim Wise: Higher Education's Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist
Tim Wise - Checking White Privilege
Tim Wise Lecture
Tim Wise at FORUM/Diversity 2018

Tim Wise Reviews

  • Association of California School Administrators - Nov 19 2018

  • Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington - Mar 31 2017

  • One of the most prolific speakers I’ve encountered. I heard students proclaim that Tim’s presentation changed their attitudes and helped them make a commitment to get involved with changing the system.
    Director of Diversity, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE - Jul 29 2015

  • Tim Wise is one of those rare ‘public intellectuals’ that numerous authors have suggested are becoming extinct in this society. He is evidence that this is not the case. In my judgment, he is the very best of the white anti-racism writers and commentators working in the U.S. media today.
    Graduate Research Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M, and an award-winning author of over twenty books on race and racism issues - Jul 29 2015

  • Having seen probably 1000 campus presentations over the years, I can unequivocally say that Tim's was the most thoughtful, enriching and empathetic I have ever seen. His extemporaneous nuanced responses to the audience were profound and life-altering.
    President, West Valley College, Saratoga CA - Jul 29 2015

Tim Wise News

How to book Tim Wise?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tim Wise for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Tim Wise, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tim Wise or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Tim Wise?

Booking fees for Tim Wise, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tim Wise, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Tim Wise?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tim Wise for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tim Wise for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tim Wise or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tim Wise or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Tim Wise is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Race Issues and Authors. The estimated speaking fee range to book Tim Wise for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Tim Wise generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Roberts and Ijeoma Oluo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tim Wise for an upcoming event.

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