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Joy Briscoe
she/her/hers

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Education
  • B.A., Graphic Design, Minor in Marketing

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Certifications
  • Certified Diversity Executive

  • Certified Diversity & Belonging Facilitator pending 

About Joy

Joy Briscoe is an Air Force intelligence Veteran and consummate diversity, equity, and inclusion professional with more than 15 years of experience in developing culturally inclusive programming. She is currently a managing partner with Top RANK Culture, a professional search, development, and consulting firm dedicated to enhancing diverse talent and striving for a culture of inclusive leadership with an emphasis on supporting the collective regard.. In this capacity, she focuses on equity strategies to attract and retain underrepresented talent and foster business engagement with strategies that center community inclusion and accessibility.

 

Additionally, Joy serves as the Executive Director for ONE Cedar Valley, a public/private consortium focused on removing barriers to meaningful employment and was a founding member 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium, a nonprofit with a mission of advancing economic vitality for Black Communities in the Midwest. As the Executive Director, she spearheaded the launch of the only, Black-centered Venture School in the state of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center collaboration. This team also launched the first Black Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator for the state. A forever learner, Joy is also the co-founder of Pulitzer-prize winning author Nikole Hannah-Jones 1619 Freedom School, a literacy center that provides culturally affirming curriculum to increase reading and math scores in the state of Iowa.

 

Prior to joining Top RANK, Joy was the Talent Acquisition and Outreach Specialist for Waterloo Schools where her role was to increase the number of staff of color, develop Grow Your Own talent programming while also supporting the Waterloo Career Center by increasing work-based learning opportunities with equity and inclusion. Her philosophy is that the conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion cannot be addressed without a commitment to resources, access and inclusion that begins with a focus on belonging .

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