What happens when you prepare your entire life for something and, unexpectedly, your dream is crushed by an irreversible injury? That’s what happened to award-winning entrepreneur, author and speaker Jennifer Brown.

As a young girl, Jennifer dreamed of becoming a professional opera singer. In her 20s, she moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. She was on the road to stardom when her dream was suddenly interrupted by vocal cord injury. After several surgeries, it became clear Jennifer would never sing again professionally.

“The writing was on the wall and I knew I had to reinvent (myself),” she said.

In today’s episode, Jennifer talks about her journey from singing and performing to becoming among the world’s leading experts on diversity and inclusion. As an openly gay professional, Jennifer consults with Fortune 500 companies on how to build more inclusive workplaces which allow all kinds of talent to feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.


  • The stigma surrounding vocal cord damage and why performers try to hide it.
  • How to reinvent yourself when you’re faced with an unexpected detour.
  • Why Jennifer chose to “come out” and be open about her sexuality.
  • The need for diversity and inclusion in all organizations, even at companies that appear to be doing progressive work.
  • And much, much more…


“As hard as it is, reinventing ourselves is something we all have to be good at because the world is changing so fast.” – Jennifer Brown

“The good news is: nothing is wasted. Every position you have prepares you for the next stage in your journey.” – Jennifer Brown



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