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World Conference on Quality & Improvement

May 12 - 15, 2024  |  San Diego, CA

Chaunté Lowe
American Athlete

Lessons in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: For Teams and Individuals to Thrive

Is your organization experiencing low engagement and higher turnover? Research has shown businesses that practice diversity, equity, and inclusion can be more productive, profitable, and innovative. How do we embrace our unique differences to create a world that is inclusive for all? As an African American woman in a male-dominated world, Chaunté sheds light on how the Olympics helped her see the world differently and explains diversity in a way that is easy to relate to and implement within your organization.

If there’s an art to facing obstacles and coming out on top, Chaunté Lowe takes the Gold. The world-renowned high jumper lives to conquer barriers, racking up 4 Olympic Games Appearances, 4 Global Championship medals, 2 American records, and several global accolades. Many are surprised to learn that she achieved most of these accomplishments while also holding the title of “mother of three.” 

Her performances on the field have earned her inductions into three separate halls of fame and four separate invitations to be honored at the White House by several US Presidents. Lowe, a world-renowned resilience speaker, has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vogue, Glamour, Essence, and Sports Illustrated. 

When speaking, she is true to how she performs. She is animated, entertaining, and humorous. She dances and plays to the crowd as she shares stories of beating impossible odds, time and time again. She possesses the ability to keep the group engaged and hanging on to her every word. Those who get a chance to encounter her leave inspired and motivated. Her infectious personality is electrifying. You can't help but leave an interaction with her with a winning, "I can do ANYTHING" attitude. 

Chaunté would have never guessed, with all that she accomplished, that her biggest obstacles would come off the track. In 2019, Lowe was rattled with the devastating diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer, which is among the most aggressive forms. In a state of disbelief, Chaunté took the crushing blow head-on, being forced to bow out of the national championships for a double mastectomy and miss the world championships for chemotherapy. Still, in Chaunté fashion, she decided that she would fight against the odds and still train through chemo in hopes of making the delayed 2020 US Olympic team. 

Now known as the utmost expert on resilience, her advocacy work focuses on early detection and breast cancer awareness to save lives. Reaching hundreds of millions of people, her work was honored with the NCAA Inspiration Award, The ‘Hero Among Us’ award, and she was recently named to Georgia Tech’s 40 under 40 2021 Class.