DRC Member Spotlight: KEIRUS By KJE

Tell us about your business.

KEIRUS BY KJE is a woman-owned and led strategy consulting and leadership development firm specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our team has over 50 years of experience in DEI executive leadership, global human resources management, Ph.D. research, learning and development, and corporate communications. We combine our expertise and credibility with integrity to provide a clear path for organizations to achieve results, with care being the foundation of our process.

What differentiates your company from others in your industry?

Kelley Johnson, CEO

Our expertise, track record of demonstrated results, and ability to adapt solutions to our clients’ needs set us apart. Our hearts are in the work we do, which drives our desire to be agile thought partners who intuitively change organizations from within. We are not a novice to the benefits of DEI, and we genuinely want to help organizations evolve and become spaces where employees can bring their whole selves to work while performing at their best. We have seen the benefits of our transformation process because we do not approach DEI from a surface perspective. Our differentiation is not in what we say but in what our clients express to us throughout our multi-year journey with them.

What do you enjoy most about doing business in the Dallas Region?

As a descendant of former sharecroppers from the historic White Rock Settlement in North Dallas, I have a personal connection to this city and the entire Dallas Region. I appreciate the diversified organizations and industries we have been able to support throughout our existence as a firm. Dallas is exceptional because we feel the synergy of innovation constantly originating here. Dallas is a transplant hub of people from all over the country, and that collective embodies our calling.

Why did you decide to become a member of the DRC?

The power of community, networking, and relationships has been foundational to our firm, and we want to always remain connected to other business leaders within the Dallas Region to support and encourage as we employ others to make a positive difference in our region.

How has your business changed in the past five years?

We have changed, expanded, and shifted significantly over the past five years. Our firm began in 2015 when I transitioned from a C-level DEI leadership role to start, KJE, a strategy and consulting firm that was bountiful. However, 2020 was pivotal to the growth of our firm as a new awareness about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion became undeniable after the racial tensions caused by the George Floyd tragedy. The last three years exhibited an uptick of awareness about the importance of valuing uniqueness in the workplace along with the disturbance to employee retention and recruiting caused by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic and subsequent Great Resignation. In 2022, we evolved into KEIRUS BY KJE, encompassing our focus on grace, goodwill, and kindness and are tech-enabled through our new digital platform.

What are you looking forward to most in 2023 for your business?

We plan to share the KEIRUS platform on a greater scale and onboard new clients so they can experience our curated, five-year learning journey that focuses on individual and organizational transformation. We are also excited about our new ERG Leadership Development program, continued partnership with Leadership Dallas through our Inclusive Leadership training and other opportunities to be thought leaders and educators around DEI through our community engagements that amplify our message of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Anything else you would like to add about your business?

Investing in DEI should yield an ROI, but many organizations unfortunately are not experiencing the benefits of their initiative and they are unsure of their next steps in the process. As we head into 2023, we want to avail ourselves to these organizations to help them level up their DEI strategies. DEI is more than a feel good or check-the-box exercise. We are interested in helping organizations transform their culture in distinct and measurable ways.