Madison Butler Featured Speaker DEI Truth Teller, HR Change Maker
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Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / LGBTQ+ / Black History Month / Activism / Mental Health / Overcoming Adversity / Future of Work / Communication / Employee Experience & Human Resources / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) / Management / Emcees & Moderators / Team Building / Social Change & Issues


Madison Butler is a native New Englander who has brought her east coast energy to Texas. She is a Black, queer woman, and she is also a survivor. She is the owner/founder of Blue Haired Unicorn, a consulting agency. Her work is focused around designing spaces and creating scalable strategies to achieve psychological safety. She is an outspoken advocate for mental health, removing the stigma around trauma and advocates for being “human at work’. She is passionate about facilitating hard conversations through storytelling, data and tough empathy. 

Madison has been featured in major news outlets such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Business Insider, Rolling Stone, and Der Spiegel. She has been recognized by Linkedin as a top Black voice to follow. She was also recognized as Austin’s rising star by DivInc in 2021. She is looked upon as an expert in her field and is passionate about using her platform to have the hard conversations.

Madison is committed to deconstructing the status quo and rebuilding corporate America, one organization at a time. Her mission is to ensure that no one ever feels like spaces were not made for them because we all deserve to live out loud. She is a start-up enthusiast and is passionate about building inclusive teams from the ground up with early-stage companies. Madison is committed to helping change the narrative around what it looks like to be “human at work”, and hopes to reshape the way we look at ourselves at work and in life.


Coloring Outside of the Lines: Living Your Life for You

This talk will focus on the process and liberation in breaking away from societal expectations. It is easy to feel trapped when society creates a mold for you to stay within, but life is beautiful when you determine what it looks like. Madison Butler is a fierce advocate for being human at work, and this talk centers on just that- being human without expectations of those around us but being you for you.

Decoding Code Switching: Surviving Corporate America

Black folx are disproportionately more likely than their white peers to say they sometimes feel the need to change the way they express themselves when they are around people with different racial, class, and ethnic backgrounds. Code-switching is a practice that is familiar to many Black people and POC around the world. But for many, this goes beyond the longing to be accepted by White Culture. In many cases, it is a survival mechanism and a trauma response.

Anti-Racism and Allyship: A Guide

Anti-Racism and allyship have become corporate America’s favorite buzzwords. How can we ensure that our actions represent our adjectives? Anti-racism and allyship both center around action rather than performance. We will explore how to create actionable change as any ally/accomplice and what it means to truly be anti-racist.

Race, Privilege & Intersectionality

Diversity and privilege are intersectional. There are three forms of intersectionality that impact social groups on a daily basis in different ways. Intersectional privilege means that biases exist within each social group causing many marginalized folx to feel further ostracized because of their identities. Biases within our own communities can be harmful and must be acknowledged in order to achieve psychological safety within our own organizations. No social group is a monolith and we have to unpack the truth around intersectionality.

Scaling Your Organization Ethically: Leadership Training

We all want our organizations to grow, but how can we do that in an ethical way? People first. In order to grow your organization in a way that is sustainable, scalable, and ethical you must be willing to be people-centric. Human-centric behaviors start before hiring and don’t stop when people leave our organizations. We have to create policies that support everyone, not just some. Benefits and perks aren’t about craft beer and kombucha, they are about how we are supporting our entire population.

Degendering Language and Inclusive Communication

Language does not need gender, and gender does not need language. In a world that is ever-changing, we must be willing to rewire how we communicate with each other. There are many phrases that are rooted in racism, sexism, homophobia, and bigotry. Inclusion means unlearning years of catchphrases, greetings, and how we address groups. Creating an inclusive environment means respecting people’s pronouns, names and identities without question or argument.

Inclusion Before Diversity: Creating Psychological Safety

We often speak about diversity before inclusion. However, inclusion and equity must come first. In order to foster growth in our organizations, we must create environments that cater to different people. Inclusion is not about creating spaces, it is about making space for people to come in and live authentically and out loud. Inclusion must be baked into our policies, handbooks, and job descriptions and be a focus of every team, not just HR.

Trauma & Inclusive Communication

Trauma does not leave us when we clock into work every morning. Many people within our organizations are walking around with invisible weights on their shoulders. Domestic violence is often stigmatized and not talked about in corporate America, but it needs to be. Domestic violence impacts our population, especially in a virtual world. People who suffer from PTSD of any kind will have many triggers but oftentimes they may not be thought about in the workplace. We have to relearn our communication practices to ensure we are considering how people receive information, not just how we want to give it.

All of Madison Butler’s talks can be customized to your audience.




  • “Madison Butler is an incredible speaker; her presence, passion, knowledge, and storytelling ability are second to none. Our company learned so much from just a single one-hour session with Madison; not only how to better approach diversity, equity, and inclusion but also how to start taking specific steps actions in both our personal and professional lives to improve our relationships, workplaces, and communities. Thank you, Madison!” Paige VanDemark HR Generalist, MaryRuth Organics
  • “Madison was amazing to work with and offered a really impactful conversation for our employees.” Devin Locascio Equity & Belonging Program Specialist, Zillow Group
  • “Madison talked about this and I struggle with the "well spoken" compliment, because I so admire people that are extremely clear communicators. But she really was- just super polished, balanced humor to ease our little egos, and her confidence made you really want to learn from her - plus she was willing to share her lived experiences which was so valuable.” Kiley W
  • “Highly recommend Madison for any DEI training!” Kelsey D
  • “Madison Butler is a star and coveys her story and messages in such a matter of fact way. Thank you for bringing her to us” Marc Brownstein CEO
  • "Madison centered on a topic that many Red Hatters were excited to discuss for some time. She answered the various challenging yet necessary questions revolving intersectionality and what it looks like in the LGBTQ+, Black and Latinx/Hispanic community. We're even more excited because this conversation is going to continue with the other diversity and inclusion communities here at Red Hat. As we continue to push for inclusivity and focus on an open and welcoming workplace for everyone to be themselves, we thank Madison for providing her expertise on how we can accomplish that. Can't say thank you enough, Madison!" Red Hat
  • "Inviting Madison Butler to be a guest speaker for our students was one of the best decisions we’ve made. Confident and inviting, Madison has the exceptional story telling skills to both capture and move the masses. Madison’s exceptional listening skills and passion to make the world a better place make a great experience for any audience. Madison had the highest engagement of our panel and our students walked away from the experience feeling motivated. I can’t wait to book Madison for more opportunities- hopefully she won’t be fully booked!" San Jose City College
  • "Madi Butler’s humanity-first approach, coupled with her lived experience and astute insights on how to improve our workplaces and the communities that power them, left me wanting to learn more and to do better." ImpactDEI
  • "Madison was a terrific guest who showed up prepared and answered all of our questions in a thoughtful and organized way. She is also a credible thought leader in the world of talent acquisition, corporate culture, and human resources." PunkRockHR
  • “Very satisfied! Great content and great to work with.” Marcett Banks Portland Human Resource Management Association
  • “Madison was great and she really brought in her expertise and experience into the conversation making it a space that is honest and candid which is what we wanted.” Saili Willis Momentive
  • “Madison was an engaging speaker and provided excellent takeaways for both individual contributors as well as leaders and managers.” Brittany Oberstadt Code42
  • “Top Notch!” Titus West LaunchDarkly