Jane Elliot

Creator of the ‘Blue Eyes and Brown Eyes Exercise’, Author of ‘A Collar in my Pocket: The Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Exercise’ & Recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education

  • Named in the BBC’s annual list of 100 Women
  • Awarded the Honorary Degree ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ by CSU Bakersfield
  • Appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Discover Jane Elliot’s biography of published work below.

A Collar In My Pocket: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise
A Collar In My Pocket: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise

When Jane Elliot is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

The Anatomy of Prejudice
Power, Perception, and Prejudice
Practical exercises in discrimination based on eye color (Blue Eyes/ Brown Eyes exercise)

Jane Elliot is admired globally for becoming an accomplished teacher, lecturer, and diversity trainer. Best known for her Blue Eyes and Brown Eyes Exercise, her work has revolutionised the education system, and has set in motion a need for change against discrimination and racism. Having been the proud recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, Jane’s work has transformed the community and has allowed her to become a highly sought-after diversity and inclusion speaker for events internationally. Specialising in the topics of the anatomy of prejudice, power, and perception, do not hesitate to hire Jane for your upcoming events now.

Keen to enter the education system, Jane began her professional teaching career in 1953 at a small school in Iowa. Admired for delivering powerful content to her students, she made it her mission to provide open and honest conversations surrounding the important topics of discrimination and prejudice present in America. In 1968, Jane gained national attention on the news for her ‘Blue Eyes and Brown Eyes Exercise’. As a direct response to the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., she labelled students in her classes as either superior or inferior based on their eye colour to allow them to understand how it feels to be discriminated against. Creating powerful conversations throughout society, Jane was invited to appear on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Oprah Winfrey Show to explain her teaching style.

Passionate to implement positive change throughout society, Jane is now working as a diversity and inclusion trainer. Having gained the opportunity to conduct training for large-scale organisations such as AT&T, IBM, General Electric, and Exxon, her powerful career is admired by audiences globally. Alongside this, she has also provided lectures for the likes of the FBI, US Navy, IRS, the US Department of Education, and the US Postal Service. Keen to share her specialist knowledge and experience with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, Jane published her debut book ‘A Collar in my Pocket: The Blue Eyes Brown Eyes Exercise’ in 2016. Now utilising social media to share her support for campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, Jane has transformed society throughout her career and remains at the forefront of the fight towards racial equality to this day.

An empowering diversity and inclusion advocate, Jane Elliot is now highly sought-after to attend speaking engagements internationally. With over 55 years of professional experience behind her, her talks are renowned for having long-lasting positive effects on all attendees lives and how they conduct themselves in future. Proving this point, a 1990 study by the Utah State University demonstrated that attendees at Jane Elliot’s diversity training lectures reported that the experience was meaningful. When looking to hire an influential speaker to attend your future events, look no further than Jane.

To enquire about Jane Elliot for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@diversity-inclusion-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 9816 297.