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Roxane Battle

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Subject Matter Expert, gifted speaker who delivers it in all bite-sized, relatable nuggets, with visuals and takeaways that stick!  Roxane Battle is a Mental Health and Health Equity Advocate, having held executive-level positions inside Fortune 5 UnitedHealth Group, the largest healthcare corporation in the world, where she was a featured in-app Influencer with 4+ million subscribers!

Fee Range: $10,001 – $20,000
Phone: 800-328-6008

Roxane Battle is a mental health and health equity advocate, having served as the Vice President of Advocacy and Community at AbleTo, Inc., a behavioral health company owned by Optum and UnitedHealth Group. She held the same position at Sanvello Health, where her video series “Checking in with Roxane Battle” reached 4 million subscribers.

She currently serves on the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Global Women’s Network Senior Advisory Board.

Roxane also spent 20+ years in television news, as an award-winning news anchor and Emmy-nominated reporter at NBC Minneapolis, CBS, and FOX.

Roxane was named an "Architect of Change" on and has been featured in Ebony and on the cover of Working Mother magazine.

A Minnesota native, Roxane earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently pursuing a certificate in psychology through Harvard’s Extension School of Continuing Education.

An Amazon best-selling author, Roxane’s self-help memoir, Pockets of Joy: Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free (Whitaker House 2017), is now in its third printing.

She enjoys cycling, owns a pair of roller skates and makes a memorable mac and cheese.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

While it’s true the only constant in life is change, it still isn’t easy, even if we see it coming, especially when we don’t. Whether it is the Great Disruption, Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, or wave after wave of record layoffs, the way we work has changed. As an executive inside Fortune 5 UnitedHealth Group, the largest healthcare corporation in the world, Roxane gleaned real-time expertise on what it takes to thrive in tumultuous times.

In her signature, visual presentation: Pockets of Joy: Further, Faster, Together, Roxane shares the most updated research on work trends such as building trust, belonging and inclusion, and practical mental health tools. Through her natural and engaging storytelling, she offers key transformative coping strategies, which will position your team to do their best work and leave them feeling more joyful, less anxious and stressed.

Key Takeaways:

  • “Why” vs. “How” = “WHAT” – reframe difficulty and alleviate anxiety and stress.
  • for Success – create safe spaces where team members show up, innovate, collaborate, and do their best work.
  • Navigating Conflict – move through conflict successfully and avoid collaborative stagnation.
  • The Power of the Pause – what to do when you don’t know what to do.
    Effective Communication – specific examples of what to say and how to say it, when.
  • Empathetic Leadership – why what you do as a leader is more important than what you say
  • Taking A.I.M. – look forward, find joy, and win!



Imagine if… we could manage transitions in life in a way that allows us to find joy.

In this inspirational talk, Roxane Battle blends elements of positive psychology and mindfulness with deeply personal stories of her emotional and often tumultuous transition out of a high-profile television news anchor career into a new and fulfilling life.

It’s a journey that produced real-life lessons and authentic happiness. Through candor, humor, and engaging storytelling Roxane will equip your audience with takeaways they can implement immediately to help them see life’s challenges not as obstacles, but as opportunities to experience authentic joy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Acceptance – an effective process that can reduce anxiety and lead to effective problem-solving.
  • Authenticity – embracing your true self, crafting a life plan for happiness.
  • Alone Time – the difference between loneliness and solitude, and how to harness alone time to find joy.
  • Attitude – is indeed everything especially an attitude of gratitude- how to overcome a challenge and find lasting joy.




Once considered a soft skill, effective communication is now considered a top hard skill by employers and team leaders. Yet, public speaking is also a number one fear.

Roxane has spent her entire adult life in front of audiences. A gifted communicator and master in the art of public speaking, in this transformative presentation, she walks you through how to say “no” and mean it, how to navigate tough conversations, without getting stressed out, and the secrets of giving a really great talk.

  • It’s how we’re wired – why public speaking is a #1 fear and how to overcome it.
  • Behind every “no” is a “yes” – how to effectively communicate, enforce and respect boundaries.
  • Difficult conversations – keys to navigating conflict.
  • Words to say – precise words and phrases and when to say them.



Thank you for speaking at our conference, Roxane! You were the cherry on the top!! Your Energy and ability to engage with the speakers was so impressive!
Becky Lauseng, PPHR, SHRM-CP


Thank you for all you did at the TCSHRM Spring Conference.  I love your style and energy!
Melissa Daudt Hoepner, MAOM, SHRM-SCP


Roxane, thank you for speaking truth to power. You are a gifted leader who helps us all grow and understand the challenges many face in our community!
Dave Rosen


Thank you for sharing, Roxane, and for always speaking your truth. You are making a difference as you continue to raise awareness on how to bring mental health and healing to communities of color. Thank you for all you’re doing!
Anita Richardson


I was inspired by what you spoke about and said to us during this presentation. Not because it was filled with positivity and motivation, but because it was REAL. People like you help us heal and move forward and make change and feel hopeful in the face of continued trials.
Monica Uri


Thank you, Roxane, for sharing your meaningful insight and perspectives on inclusion in the workplace. The room was inspired!
Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Roxane Battle, you are the best panel host I have ever worked with. You are authentic, and curious. Thank you for allowing me to be me each time we work together.
Dr. Cleopatra Lightfoot-Booker, Psy.D.


Thank you so much for your incredible work all weekend!
Optum, Essence Festival of Culture Corporate Sponsor


Thanks for being such an amazing advocate, Roxane!
Laura Richards-Attendee


It was such a pleasure working with you and we were lucky to secure you. You helped make our event great. We received outstanding feedback from our 500+ sellers and others who attended. Thank you!
Lisa Pettigrew, Global Chief Sales Officer, Avanade, Inc.



Pockets of Joy

Pockets of Joy book.

Pockets of Joy Journal

Pockets of Joy Journal by Roxane Battle

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