This week Grant and Zoe are joined by Alexandria Maloney, an international affairs officer at US CENTCOM with the US Department of Defense and the President of Black Professionals in International Affairs. Alexandria discusses the fight for diversity and inclusion in national security, what hurdles Black Americans and other People of Color face in the field, and what allies can do to support them. In the final segment, Grant talks about Station Eleven, Zoe is following the end of Elizabeth Holmes trial, and Alexandria wants people to pay their taxes. If you are under 40 and interested in being featured on the podcast, be sure to fill out this form: https://airtable.com/shr5IpK32opINN5e9
About Bro. Henry McDavid Henry McDavid, is the co-founder of KIKIFER'S Entrepreneurial Academy, the largest national entrepreneurial academy producing 6 figure earning students K-12. Henry is a well known author, professional speaker, and business coach and serial entrepreneur. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit started young. While in high school Henry started a youth organization at Dekalb High School which garnered national attention bring him into the spotlight for his unique ability to take young black high school students with D's and F's and turn them into A's by establishing a passion for reading books. Based in Chicago, Henry's goal is to provide an opportunity for future generations to be financially stable early, so that they can enjoy what financial freedom truly brings to life. Entrepreneurship fosters and thrives off of innovation. Innovation impacts not one person but all of humanity. Show Highlights Kikifers Academy Entrepreneurship as a student Teaching kids about business strategies Mentoring students Stories of successful entrepreneurship Teaching financial literacy Connect with Henry Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kikifersacademy.org Learn more about the Advocacy Room Free Course on Implicit Bias 20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities EDUCATOR THERAPY VIRTUAL SUMMIT REGISTRATION Equity Leaders Accelerator 2.0 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies
Kim Collins, Owner and Head Brewer at Guardian Brewing Company in Saugatuck, Michigan, joins us this episode. Guardian is a 100% LGBTQ-owned, women-owned, & brewer-owned brewery, Located just two miles from Lake Michigan. Kim is also currently a Board Member on the Michigan Brewer's Guild Board and is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. We discuss all of this and more, including getting to know more about the amazing town of Saugatuck. In Happy Fun Time, our guest vies for champion standing in a game of Band or Beer. Also, there is a red barn that is now brown. Do you love Beer Busters? Of course you do! Why not leave us a rating and review on your podcast platform of choice and consider supporting us on Patreon.
Summary:Pam Jeffords is a Senior Partner at Sapient Insights Group who leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practice. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Colorado State University College of Business, an advisory board member for University of Denver Colorado Women's College, and a Limited Partner in The JumpFund whose mission is to invest in women-led startups. Pam has also served as Chair of Women United for the Mile-High United Way where she received the prestigious Frances Wisebart Jacobs award for philanthropy. We're also joined by Susan Richards and Danielle White!Susan Richards is the Founder and CEO of Sapient Insights Group. For more than 25 years, Susan has been consulting in areas of change management, organizational effectiveness, M&A, HR strategy, technology, and operations. Her focus is on helping clients improve business performance by aligning their human capital programs and practices with business strategy. Danielle White is Collaborative Solutions' EVP of Global Business Strategy. She brings over 20 years of HR transformation experience from commercial and public sector industries. She uses her subject matter expertise to lead corporate thought leadership, go-to-market strategy, and engagement strategy. In this episode, Pam, Susan, and Danielle talk about how diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging has changed over the years and how it might change in the years to come. Chapters:[0:00 - 3:12] IntroductionWelcome, Pam Jeffords!Today's Topic: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging[3:13 - 13:27] How People Approached DE&I in the PastAttempts at devising “tomorrow solutions” and long-term solutionsHow DE&I outside the workplace affected DE&I in the workplace[13:28 - 32:16] What does DE&I Look Like Today?How differences in employee feedback creates DE&I gapsWhy job architecture informs DE&I successes and pitfalls[32:17 - 41:52] The Future of DE&IDeveloping true data-driven strategiesThe importance of helping HR practitioners become better business people[41:53 - 43:45] Final Thoughts & ClosingThank you for listening!Quotes:"I did an exercise with a group of people who were very angry with their leadership and asking, ‘Where's the diversity?' I asked, ‘How many of you in this room were hired by way of employee referrals?' Almost all of them raised their hand. I said, ‘That's why we don't have diversity.' Because we're reling heavily on employee referrals and we're referring people that look like us. So, if we want to do this differently, go outside of your network. Seek out people, refer them in, and that's the only way we're going to have diversity.” “When you talk about equity and opportunity, it's giving everybody equal access. And what we find is that feedback is probably the number one thing where we see the biggest gaps in who's getting it—[and the same can be said about] career guidance.”Contact:Pam Jeffords LinkedInSusan Richards LinkedInDanielle White LinkedIn Production by Affogato Media
Brian McComak is a diversity and inclusion consultant, speaker, author, and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, HR company culture, change management, communications, and employee experience. He's the Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Humanity, a consulting firm that cultivates and champions, inclusive workplace cultures, and human-centered leadership. He's also the author of Humanity in the Workplace, a blueprint for building an inclusive and equitable company culture that will be released in 2022. In this episode, Brian guides us through a conversation about reframing DEI in the workplace. Employees view the workplace differently now versus ten years ago, and it's up to great leaders to implement practices to champion inclusive workplace cultures and a human-centered leadership approach. Listen to this conversation with Brian to understand what steps you can take to reframe the conversation in your organization and increase representation at all levels of a business. Additional Resources: Learn more about the PeopleForward Network: www.peopleforwardnetwork.com DEI Tips from Boscoe, Brian's Rescue Beagle Register for Hummingbird's newsletter An Inclusive Language Guide A Guide to Inclusive Job Descriptions Representation Matters Additional Resources from Hummingbird Humanity
We're starting the year with a compilation of some of our most popular DEI experts from last year. Organizations face growing pressure to create and maintain equitable workplaces as employees call for real progress and sustainable change. In this episode, we take a look back at three conversations with three experts who are working to advance DEI efforts and make enduring progress. We hope you enjoy our conversations with Janet Stovall, senior client strategist at the NeuroLeadership Institute, Eliza VanCort, organizational consultant and author, and Jeff Korzenik, investment strategist and advocate for non-traditional talent sources.
With a talent for creating special events that blossomed while working for my dad's car stereo shop, I got my start in marketing at Frontier Field in Rochester and began serving as the executive director of the internationally known Lilac Festival. Later on, I headed the Canandaigua, New York Business Improvement District while also performing projects for the tourism promotion agency Visit Rochester. In 2009, I founded Break the Ice Media, with more than 20 years of experience in tourism marketing. I now host “Destination on the Left,” a highly successful tourism marketing podcast. As a business owner, I know what it takes to be successful. I founded BTI to help businesses tell their brand story through public relations, digital and traditional channels. I have the ability to uncover unique marketing opportunities and develop marketing and public relations initiatives that help clients build long-term success. On this episode of Destination on the Left, I discuss why I'm starting 2022 with a sense of reflection, renewal, and anticipation for what is ahead. Since 2020 I have been on a journey to understand the world in a broader sense, which has led to a search for greater meaning and a focus on intentionality in my actions. This week I want to share what I have done to understand differences, identify opportunities for personal growth, and take action to help make my world more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. What You Will Learn in This Episode: How the Break the Ice Media team explored the topic of what diversity, equity, and inclusion meant to them and defined the actions they could take to make a difference How Nicole became the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the New York State Tourism Industry Association How the 2021 Travel Unity Summit helped the industry focus on the importance of increasing diversity The difference between equity and equality and why it is important How to take your own incremental action by taking the Travel Unity Individual Pledge, which is for all who believe the world of travel should be welcoming to people of all backgrounds and abilities What the Break the Ice Media team identified when they dug into their core value of equity and how they sought more diverse perspectives How rounding out the team led to an invitation for Break the Ice Media to pitch to Cayuga County and Auburn, New York, for their Harriet Tubman Equal Rights Heritage Campaign to commemorate the 200th Birthday of Harriet Tubman in 2022 Reflecting on Our Journey in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Over the last two years, my small company has been grappling with how we fit within the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion conversation, and we have really committed to educating ourselves around the topic. I was very candid in Solocast 16 about the team's journey to live out the ‘equitable' core value within our company, and we have recently reflected on our most recent client work to see how it is significantly impacting our collective worldview. When examining how we aligned with our values, we found that we needed to work on developing more diverse partner, freelance, and subcontractor relationships to ensure we represent a wide range of viewpoints. Being Intentional Big things will happen when you set your intentions and start to take action. You may feel as if you are taking baby steps at first, but time will pass, and you will realize that all those incremental moves have led to a monumental shift and change in your organization. I'm grateful that we took this journey and for the lessons we learned along the way, particularly the importance of humility and vulnerability when addressing biases and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Resources: Websites: https://travelunity.org/ https://www.nystia.org/ https://www.tourcayuga.com/ https://plimoth.org/ https://breaktheicemedia.com/podcasts/solocast-16/ Additional Resources: Email: email@example.com Website: www.destinationontheleft.com/ Website: https://breaktheicemedia.com/ Twitter: @Break_TheIce Facebook: @BreakTheIceMedia
Join your host Andrew Tisser with his guest Dr. Christian Casteel, as they talk about the views of a resident physician under a fairly new program. In the 2nd episode of Learner Sessions, Christian shares what makes a good mentor, what the increasing debt burden is doing to today's generation of physicians, his views on diversity and inclusion in medicine, and more. Compared to earlier generations, Christian agrees that today's resident physicians have to be far more active. Because of the pandemic, burnout is not the only factor they face head on.In this episode you will learn:· How it feels being a resident in a fairly new program· Debt is a distraction· Positive reinforcement is so underrated· Dr. Christian Casteel – on setting the tone before every shift· Is medicine appropriately representing the population it serves?About Dr. Christian Casteel:Christian Casteel is a current PGY-1 Emergency Medicine resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He received his BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University and attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.Christian is from a small town called High Ridge Missouri and is a first-generation high school/college/medical school graduate. His career interests include Social EM, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, MedEd. Advocating for greater socioeconomic and racial diversity in medicine is a particular passion of his.Outside of medicine, he thinks of himself as more of a guitar player and skateboarder than a Doctor.Connect with Dr. Christian Casteel on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCasteelEMInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_casteel_em/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Connect with Talk2Medoc on:Website: https://www.andrewtisserdo.com/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewtisserdo/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.tisserInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/talk2medoc_llc/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Talk2MeDocYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0O_Sf3aYLavYaJ_hg7bM8g See what locums can do for you financially with CompHealth:https://financialresidency.com/comphealth
Saloni Janjeva, executive director of diversity and inclusion at Ally, outlines actionable tactics for boosting DEI, including re-thinking where dealers post job advertisements, the words used to describe those jobs, using focus groups and anonymous employee surveys and more.
USC student senator for Diversity Equity and Inclusion shared abominable antisemitic tweets. Amid faculty outcry to act against antisemitism, USC is yet to act. Emily Schrader, a USC alum and a social activist, joins Shahar Azani to discuss the matter.
EDUCATOR THERAPY VITURAL SUMMIT REGISTRATION About Geneva Gay, Ph.D. Geneva Gay is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Washington-Seattle where she taught multicultural education and general curriculum theory. She is nationally and internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching related to curriculum design, staff development, classroom instruction, and intersections of culture, race, ethnicity, teaching, and learning. Her writings include numerous articles and book chapters; the co-editorship of Expressively Black: The Cultural Basis of Ethnic Identity; author of At the Essence of Learning: Multicultural Education, and Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Practice, & Research; and editor of Becoming Multicultural Educators: Personal Journey Toward Professional Agency. Show Highlights Gay shares her teaching background The origins of Culturally Responsive Teaching Defining Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning about your students and their needs Going beyond academics Kids on the battlefront psychologically Critical Race Theory and Culturally Responsive Teaching Connect with Geneva Email: email@example.com Additional Resources Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice Learn more about the Advocacy Room Free Course on Implicit Bias 20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities EDUCATOR THERAPY VITURAL SUMMIT REGISTRATION Equity Leaders Accelerator 2.0 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies
Welcome to Sridhar’s newsletter number # 37 & Podcast (Click Play button for Audio version of the Post). Appreciate you being here, so we can connect weekly on interesting topics. Add your email id here to get this directly to your inbox.Do subscribe over Apple Or Spotify podcast (Minimalist techie Or on Spotify ) or hear it over email you received through my subscription or on my website.This weekly newsletter is mostly about the article, books, videos etc. I read or watch or my views on different topics which revolves around my head during the week. Now, let us dive into this week’s reads.1. U.S Housing MarketThere is huge shortage of homes in USA, This is very much known since more than 2 years now. Current U.S Market is so tight, that house listed on the market is closed in less than a week. In my area, seen few of the home sold on 2nd day of their Listing becoming active. So any prospective buyer, specially first time home buyers are left out of this race. This resulted home prices way beyond on their year on year growth. Prices are so high, but still many are going ahead and buying them at premium prices. At stock market as many say, Paying high price for something now and assuming it will go high further without any data points is a speculation. Home Prices currently are in same boat.Other end, iBuyer concept ended up another hole in this process. iBuyer are organizations like Zillow, Redfin, Opendoor, who buy the houses from the market, flip them and then sell for profit. Zillow in recent days declared that it got the business wrong and its no longer revenue generating for them, as they bought so many home since last 2 years and now they are not able to sell the homes with a margin enough to run the business. Overall, housing market inventory issue is not getting resolved even in 2022 as projected by many economists.One has to make their life’s biggest investment within a week and in hot areas on the spot or less than a day. Zillow coming out of the business is a sign for buyers not to panic and go into buying now ? Let me know your thoughts.https://www.forbes.com/advisor/mortgages/housing-bubble-experts/ 2. Surgeon General warns of mental health 'epidemic' for kidsU.S Surgeon from State of Union, General Vivek Murthy has released a advisory in December of 2021 about the mental health epidemic for kids. 1 out 5 kids suffer depression and 1 out of 4 kids suffer anxiety, Year by year depression, hopelessness, suicide rates have been going up, Covid has added additional spike to it now. You can see the full advisory in below link,Protecting Youth Mental Health The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory To add to fuel, Social media, Pop Culture bombard young kids with their media content, telling them they are not good looking enough, popular enough, smart enough or rich enough. To take Action,All have to recognize that mental health is an essential part of overall health. Mental health conditions are real, common, and treatable, and people experiencing mental health challenges deserve support, compassion, and care, not stigma and shame. Mental health is no less important than physical health. And that must be reflected in our how we communicate about and prioritize mental health.Ensure that every child has access to high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent mental health care. Care should be tailored to children’s developmental stages and health needs, and available in primary care practices, schools, and other community-based settings. In regular day to day living as well, every child should have quality access to childcare, education, Healthy food, health care, stable housing, be in safe neighborhoods. Its call for action for every adult there, to have this better future for every kid. For more insights, Do read the Advisory for sure. 3. Labor Shortage continues to 2022 as wellIn 2021, the biggest buzz word over LinkedIn and over all workplaces was “The Great Resignation”. Pandemic has changed a wave against the employer by employees. The way number of people have quit jobs or not ready to join back or come back to offices, Quitting even without an job offer to get out of toxic work culture, you name it, Resignations were everywhere in 2021. The trend is going to continue in 2022 as well, it will be a job seeker market. In 2021, it was majorly for tech jobs, science, medical professional got the high paychecks for switching employers, as we move into 2022, this trend will go into other sectors as well, Food Industry is my top list and so does the minimum pay jobs will end up following Amazon , Walmart route, that is increasing pay for entry level or minimum pay jobs , paying for education and additional bonuses to have employees on their side. Labor market is still tight, the reason for my choice of food industry was, Covid is going stay here, people who were fired during 2020 lockdown or were working 80 hours a week with minimal staff were highly burned out. So these jobs for sure no longer seen as secured jobs. So Food Industry if needs to survive in 2022, they have no option, so have to run the tide along with the job seeker. Higher Pay, Joining Bonuses, Promotions, 40hrs a week schedules, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Higher Education support from employer, Health insurance all would need to have their staff size back to pre-pandemic level. In US altogether a different problem, There are plenty of jobs on the market, but not many are looking to come back to workforce. Many who lost their jobs due to Covid Lockdown were either lived on their life savings or government given unemployment checks. During this non-working time, many realized how much their life is spent in work , which impacted their health, stress level, no work life balance jobs all these came to limelight to them. So many are not looking to join same jobs which they left in 2021. So people are adding additional skills to look for job opportunity in different sectors than compared to sector they worked prior to Pandemic. So there will be businesses who will find very hard to find their new employees. Also 2021 has more deaths due to Covid compared to 2020, So many had Covid or taking care of their loved one with Covid or child care by being at home and older population who got retired early also adds up. See this Washington Post article specially for US job market, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/12/29/job-market-2021/That is all for this week. See you again.Do let me know in comments or reply me over email to share what is your view on this post. 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Kristen Tubman grew up and lives in Baltimore, though she was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has spent the last 15 years teaching Spanish and engaging in Diversity & Equity work with 6th-12th grade students. Additionally, Kristen facilitates and learns with adults in various white affinity groups and workshops on a wide range of topics including Anti-racism, Whiteness, and Privilege. She has also been honored to be a co-planner of the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference for high-schoolers and the Middle School Student Leadership in Diversity Conference, both of which are led by brilliant student facilitators. She is always excited to learn more, to engage in dialogue, and to grow from feedback. Jonathan Fichter has been teaching for 17 years, 14 of which have been in independent schools. Jonathan trained as a dialog facilitator in Challenging Racism's Learning To Lead program. Along with Kristen Tubman, he co-facilitates the Accomplices in Action series under the leadership of The Wells Collective. He has two elementary-age children. Jonathan also works with Washington, DC's chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice and participates in local housing justice groups.Kristen and Jonathan reference the Wells Collective, follow their work at https://www.thewellscollective.com
Today we are sharing the second episode Alysia recorded live from TRE earlier in the month as she spoke with Shannon Woods, who is currently the senior manager of DEI at Brooks Running among other things. Shannon tells us how her own upbringing as a mixed race woman and the experiences of both herself and the experiences of her parents during the civil rights movement as well as her own experiences as a mother who wanted to make sure her kids learned diverse histories she didn't in school all informed her decision to work in DEI . She is working on dismantling systemic racism in the running community and on opening up opportunities in these jobs via her role at Brooks and on the Running Industry Diversity Coalition Board . For more show notes as always head to our website www.keeping-track.com!Also check out our Tees and Visors, as all of our Dec/Jan sales go to Trackgirlz 2022 grants as they work to promote "Sisterhood, Empowerment and Track And Field".Also don't forget to follow us on instagram @keeptrackmedia and like or review us on iTunes!
This #HumanizeTheWorkplace episode is about reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding diversity, equity & inclusion in 2021 with the guest speakers Khady Gaye, Anita Abaisa and Stacy Bernal. You are welcome to ask questions or share your tips during this live conversation. Vivian Acquah As an inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, Vivian Acquah advises managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable manner. Vivian Acquah is making topics related to workplace wellness & DEI accessible to everyone. She provides people with the right tools, at the right time, to embrace inclusive changes. Vivian motivates people to think consciously and inspires them to take action. Amplify DEI Imagine a world where Diversity, Equity & Inclusion were at the forefront in the workplace? Unravel and learn about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from 90+ international experts go to amplifydei.com Guests Khady Gaye is a citizen of the world, global HR leader who advocates for an inclusive workplace. Khady's mantra is "Inclusion is the solution to exclusion". Her mission in life is to break the silence of invisible inequality and neutralize biases. Anita Abaisa is the founder of IBIAS VR. She is a Professional Upgrader, who challenges the status quo to upgrade with her. She makes learning more effective and fun to tackle social issues by using VR. Anita is also my partner for the Amplify Empathy program. Learn more via bit.ly/amplifyempathytraining Stacy Bernal is a global change instigator who is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She empowers audiences one uncomfortable conversation at a time. #diversity #inclusion #leadership #HR #AmplifyDEISubscribe to Let's Humanize The Workplace on Soundwise
Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We're happy to be here with you all on this Monday morning. Our special guest today is Michelle Williams of the City of Aurora, IL, Government Diversity, Equity & Inclusion department. The city consistently goes above and beyond to ensure all Aurorans are heard. Today we will learn about what's taking place and what's to come. And now, here's today's topics: - Saturday, January 8th from 8 to 9:30 am will be a free women's self defense demo! Hosted by Representative Barbara Hernandez this will take place at A - Town Boxing Club 727 Hill avenue. Water and snacks will be provided. No registration is required, for more information call (630) 270-1848. #january - Ballydoyle - Aurora has a great new years eve party coming up as well with This End Up! Party favors, decorations, champagne toast, and late-nite breakfast buffet all included with your ticket! Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the show room open at 7PM but come early for cocktails and appetizers at the Ballydoyle Pub which is open all day! Tickets are $25. For more information on all music dates at Ballydoyle visit this link: https://www.ballydoylepub.com/auroraevents - Families can start their New Year's Eve activities early with a celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, at the Fox Valley Park District's Vaughn Athletic center 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd. in Aurora. The annual family party will ring in 2022 with a variety of festivities. A traditional New Year's countdown featuring a colossal balloon drop at noon will return. Kids and adults can get energetic while climbing and bouncing on giant inflatables, playing games, making crafts and experiencing interactive entertainment. Guests are encouraged to pre-register by noon on Dec. 30 to guarantee admission, party favors, activities and snacks. Advanced tickets are $11 per person (ages 2 and up) and $14 at the door. Children under 2 are free. The event often sells out; party favors and snacks are not guaranteed for those who register on event day. For more information, call the Vaughn center at (630) 907-9600 and visit their Facebook page! That's all for today's news folks. So glad to be back and with you once again. Have a great day and subscribe to the greatest local news show on the planet by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodMorningAuroraPodcast The second largest city's first daily news podcast is here. Tune in everyday to our FB Live from 8 am to 9 am. Make sure to like and subscribe to stay updated on all things Aurora. Twitter: goodmorningaur1 Instagram: goodmorningaurorail Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6dVweK5Zc4uPVQQ0Fp1vEP... Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/.../good-morning.../id1513229463 Anchor: https://anchor.fm/goodmorningaurora #positivevibes #positiveenergy #downtownaurora #kanecountyil #bataviail #genevail #stcharlesil #saintcharlesil #elginil #northaurorail #auroraillinois #auroramedia #auroranews #goodmorning #goodmorningaurora #news #dailynews #subscribe #youtube #podcast #spotify #morningshow #morningnews #monday --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/goodmorningaurora/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/goodmorningaurora/support
About Darlene Reyes Darlene Reyes is a first-generation Salvadoran-American and alumna from Northwestern University. After graduation, Darlene became an AmeriCorps member for City Year, Washington, D.C. (CYDC), which motivated her to pursue a career in education. She is a 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship Aluma who was selected to conduct research on the Imposter Syndrome in Brazil within Higher Education. Her first language is Spanish and she has a high proficiency in Portuguese. Darlene is an advocate for educational equity passionate about holistic solutions for students of all backgrounds especially students with layered identities such as students of color, first-generation, and low socioeconomic backgrounds. Show Highlights The Advocacy Room Students working through gender bias at school Bias in classroom norms What happens when we place the burden on our students Student empowerment Connect with Darlene Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Additional Resources LE189: How to Lead a Social Justice Affinity Group Learn more about the Advocacy Room Free Course on Implicit Bias 20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities Equity Leaders Accelerator 2.0 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies
For many of us, a song or even the first few notes of a tune are enough to transport us to a particular time, feeling, place, or face. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual concerts, and online music events provided the healing and connections we needed. Now that the world is fumbling towards a new normal, everyone is trying to regroup. But even before the pandemic, certain facets of the arts community were already struggling. Orchestras and symphonies, needing to attract new devoted patrons, were falling short on appeal and relevance as a result of their lack of diversity and connection to prospective audiences. A 2016 study of the League of American Orchestras indicated that Black musicians made up less than 2% of orchestras despite being 12% of the US population. Why aren't there more Black musicians?On the new SheConfidential podcast episode, musician and CREATE (Cultural Rhythm Expressing Art to Empower) founder and president, Sana Colter describes the factors contributing to the underrepresentation of Black musicians and identifies ways this can be addressed. In addition, Sana also discusses:Links between school budgets and arts programs Options for careers in the artsWays to pay for musical training and instruments Importance of expanding diversity and inclusion efforts to attract and support young artistsRole of CREATE (Cultural Rhythm Expressing Art to Empower) in highlighting the work of Black/Latinx artists.Ways the public can support artists and programs/training for aspiring artists CONTENT WARNINGSNoneGUESTSana Coltermusician and founder and president of CREATE (Cultural Rhythm Expressing Art to Empower) - https://www.iamsanamalynda.com/ - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHmeuvXQcIZiPOTNGTQ2qQ- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanacolter/- Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamsanamalynda- Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamsanamalynda FOR MORE INFORMATION- Listen and subscribe to SheConfidential on your favorite podcast app.- Visit https://sheconfidential.com/ for complete episode details including guest information and discussion highlights- Follow on Instagram and Facebook @she.confidentialNOTEThe information provided on SheConfidential pertaining to your health or wellness, relationships, business/career choices, finances, or any other aspect of your life is not intended to be a substitute for individual consultations, professional advice, diagnosis or treatment rendered by your own provider.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSEpisode artwork and video production by Eye AM Media https://www.eyeammedia.com/. Follow on Instagram @eyeammedia
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives are transforming the modern workplace culture to more accurately reflect the reality of its workforce. It hasn't been an easy transition for today's fast-paced, high-tech global industries, especially compacted with the impact of COVID-19 on business operations. The increased focus on DEI is a natural result of the increasingly diverse modern workforce, the expansion of STEM education programs, globalization of the tech industry, increasing demand for young talent, and increased awareness of wage gaps between different demographic groups of people. The space industry has been addressing DEI workforce issues for some time. Throughout the past decade, it has made progress in attracting more young professionals and putting women in more senior executive-level positions. But, it has also seen its share of struggles in regards to hiring people of color, diversifying executive boards, and employee burnout. In this episode of On Orbit, we're joined by the leaders of two of the space industry's most prominent industry organizations – Kim Macharia, chair of the Space Frontier Foundation, and Robert Bell, executive director of the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) – to talk about why space needs to put DEI front and center. We examine how and why the industry is succeeding and failing at certain DEI initiatives. We also talk about how industry organizations support industry DEI initiatives, the need for diversity in entrepreneurship, and the responsibility of executive leaders in cultivating healthy work environments. This was a fantastic, productive, and inclusive discussion. Robert and Kim are both very honest and direct. This conversation provides helpful information for everyone, including companies that don't have a strategy for DEI issues.
About Emily Alicia Affolter, Ph.D. Dr. Emily Alicia Affolter is the director of and faculty for Prescott College's Sustainability Education Ph.D. Program.Prior to serving in this role, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington's Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Emily earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Multicultural Education from the UW working alongside Dr. Geneva Gay, founder of culturally responsive teaching. Emily's current scholarship, dissemination, and facilitation revolve around culturally responsive pedagogy for teachers and leaders in K-12 settings and STEM higher education, and harnessing equity literacy in teaching methods, content, policy, and leadership. Show Highlights Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Creating spaces for vulnerability Systemic change DWGs Investigating your current practices Connect with Emily Email: email@example.com Additional Resources Leading Educators to Wokeness: Cultivating Equity Professional Development Through Culturally Responsive Teaching with Dr. Emily Affolter Free Course on Implicit Bias 20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities Equity Leaders Accelerator 2.0 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies Learn more about the Advocacy Room
In this episode, we speak with Teresa Berntsen, Director of the Washington Department of Licensing, about her agency's efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their recruitment and operational practices. Host: Ian Grossman Producer: Claire Jeffrey & Chelsey Hadwin Music: Gibson Arthur This episode is brought to you by VINsmart. Need help with your recall campaigns? DMVs, government agencies, and fleet owners can learn more by visiting www.VINsmart.com/for-Businesses or call 1-888-950-9550.
In this "Throwback Tuesday" HCI Podcast episode, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanhwestover/) talks with Mickell Jimenez from Holland & Hart Employment Law about internal implementation of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (Originally Aired May 20, 2021). See the video here: https://youtu.be/B5SGdFDlK2A. Employers turn to Mickell Jimenez (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mickell-j...) for seasoned counsel to proactively handle labor and employment and litigation issues. Mickell advises business owners and management on the full spectrum of employment issues that can impact an enterprise. She provides up-front guidance to help position businesses to effectively mitigate risk. When disputes arise, Mickell draws on her substantial experience in state and federal court to defend clients in litigation, administrative and regulatory hearings, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Mickell brings 20+ years of experience serving as outside General Counsel to Cafe Rio, Inc. to help start-ups effectively manage the challenges and opportunities facing nascent businesses, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Check out Dr. Westover's new book, 'Bluer than Indigo' Leadership, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/bluerthanindigo. Check out Dr. Westover's book, The Alchemy of Truly Remarkable Leadership, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/leadershipalchemy. Check out the latest issue of the Human Capital Leadership magazine, here: https://www.innovativehumancapital.com/hci-magazine. Ranked #6 Performance Management Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/performance_management_podcasts/ Ranked #6 Workplace Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/workplace_podcasts/ Ranked #7 HR Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/hr_podcasts/ Ranked #12 Talent Management Podcast: https://blog.feedspot.com/talent_management_podcasts/ Ranked in the Top 20 Personal Development and Self-Improvement Podcasts: https://blog.feedspot.com/personal_development_podcasts/ Ranked in the Top 30 Leadership Podcasts: https://blog.feedspot.com/leadership_podcasts/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hcipodcast/support
Mickell Jimenez and Bryan Benard are partners at Holland and Hart – a full-service law firm. Mickell and Bryan lead the labor and employment group, counseling employers on proper practices for hiring and discipline within their companies. Mickell and Bryan are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the workplace. Listen to them share the benefits of DEI efforts, including better customer outreach, greater work satisfaction, and an increase in company bottom line.
About Plashan McCune, Ed.D. Dr. Plashan McCune, brings over 30 years of experience in operationalizing mental health practices into educational settings. Her accomplishments are combining mental health and education for better life outcomes for professionals and students. Her experiences include: Serving as an administrator for elementary thru high school in Chicago, Denver and Oakland. Adjunct Professor at Univ. of San Francisco, Leading Criminal Justice Reform and Mediation as a trainer with Northwestern Law School. Founder of a global leadership program for African American Young Ladies (AAYLS.) She is also the author of Trauma and Postsecondary Success A Framework for Systemic Change and presents and trains on this topic globally. Her career has been informed by her passion for social justice and systems reform to ensure opportunity and success for underserved populations. Dr. McCune specializes in infusing Trauma-Informed/Sensitive Practices focused on Culturally Responsiveness within organizations and educational institutions. Show Highlights African American Young Ladies Summit Trauma and postsecondary success Supporting students with trauma Creating rules, consequences, and expectations MTSS Investigating your current practices Connect with Plashan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Higher Learning U Additional Resources Trauma and Postsecondary Success: A Framework for Systemic Change Free Course on Implicit Bias 20 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Activities Equity Leaders Accelerator 2.0 Annihilating Racial Injustice in School Course FREE AUDIO COURSE: Race, Advocacy, and Social Justice Studies Learn more about the Advocacy Room
Catarina Rivera joins me on this episode of the OurView Podcast to discuss DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). We also discuss how accessibility can be beneficial to all, not just those who have disabilities. Visit Catarina's website: www.Catarinarivera.com Follow Catarina on Instagram @BlindishLatina Follow OurView for more disability related content on all social media platforms @OurView4Life
Many healthcare organizations took a serious look at their diversity, equity, and inclusion position and decided to do more in 2020 and 2021. But what should be on the priority list for 2022 and beyond? In this episode, we're talking to Kou Thao, Director of Embedding Equity at the American Medical Association and Founder and CEO of LIT Consulting. Kou uses his position at the intersections of his own identity to inform his work towards equity across sectors. Here, he shares his insights on what DEI leaders should focus on in the upcoming year.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures and sexual orientations. In today's episode I have Andrew Roby of Andrew Roby Events - a proud Army Vet who happens to be a great Event and Wedding Planner who's used to adapting and pivoting, having transitioned from a successful army career with frequent moves and deployments to becoming a leader in event planning. Join us as we embark to demystify one sensitive topic today, along with a couple others: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the event industry and how we can do and be better. How we can improve the way we produce events and how clients experience them Work life balance and what can be done to enjoy not working “Events: demystified” Podcast is brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and your Unicorn Podcast host is Anca Trifan. ————————— You can find Heather on his website: www.andrewrobyevents.com or on social @andrewrobyevents ————————— For event and podcast updates, tips, and tricks of the trades, follow us on these social channels: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eventsdemystifiedpodcast Become a Patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/eventsdemystified ————————— Tree-Fan Events offers Hybrid Event Production Services: https://treefanevents.com/hybrid-event-services/ ————————— If you like our podcast, please show us some love by subscribing to this podcast on your favorite listening platform and following us on Instagram. By leaving a great review and hitting the 5 stars, you make this Podcast visible to other listeners with the same interests as you. Until next time! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eventsdemystified/message
In this podcast, Laura Sabattini, Principal Researcher at the Conference Board speaks with Dr. Rohini Anand, a strategic global business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed culture. Anand was the former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo and is currently Principal and CEO of Rohini Anand, LLC. Her book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, offers several successful principles for companies to advance D&I across different regions. In this podcast, Dr. Anand shares her inspiration for the book and examples that can help organizations get a nuanced understanding of local context, culture, and language.
Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt are joined by special guest Vu Le, of the blog NonprofitAF.com, in a lively discussion about community-centered fundraising for nonprofits. Vu Le shares his controversial views on how fundraising practices should change to become grounded in social equity. ------------- This episode was recorded as part of a live webinar held Monday, December 6, 2021. To participate in future webinars, register at ToolkitTalks.com.
During the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Future Ready DSM podcast, guests share insights about the employment landscape for people entering the workforce, as well as those looking to advance or change their career paths with The Partnership's Senior Vice President of Talent Development Dr. Marvin DeJear. As region bank president for Wells Fargo Bank, tri-chair for the DSM USA 4 Equity Task Force and a 2021 Business Record Women of Influence honoree, Marta Codina emphasizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the last Future Ready podcast of 2021.
The first of a two-part episode, David and Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Fox Rothschild's Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, explore how a company's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are tied directly to its ESG efforts.
We talked about the impact of two new reports that spotlight healthcare's deficiencies in gender, racial and ethnic equality on today's episode of the 4sight Friday Roundup podcast. Here the week's biggest news around market-based change. David Johnson is CEO of 4sight Health. Julie Vaughan Murchinson is Partner of Transformation Capital and former CEO of Health Evolution. David Burda is News Editor and Columnist of 4sight Health. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, other services.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion will have significant, positive impacts on the success of your business and it should be a safe and ongoing conversation in the workplace. Join us as we talk to guest Eric Johnson of Insighted to learn more about why DEI initiatives fail, why the conversations should happen live and the huge financial and organizational impact that being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization can have for your business.Stat Links:Financial performance. A study conducted by McKinsey & Company found that ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their respective national industry medians.Become an Employer of choice. According to Glassdoor, 76% of job seekers view a diverse workforce as an important factor when evaluating companies and considering job offers.Innovation and growth. Harvard Business Review found that diverse companies are 70% likelier to capture a new market. They're also 45% more likely to report increased market share year-over-year.Increased employee engagement. 83% of millennials report being actively engaged when they believe their organization fosters an inclusive workplace culture. Powerful decision-making. Diverse teams make better decisions up to 87% of the time, according to a study conducted by Forbes.Education Resource Link: https://insightedyou.com/dei-education/To connect with Lori King-Taylor visit http://trinityperformancesolutions.comTo connect with Lori Gorrell visit http://www.upwardsolutionscc.com
Quantifying Healthcare's Lack of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion We talked about the impact of two new reports that spotlight healthcare's deficiencies in gender, racial and ethnic equality on today's episode of the 4sight Friday Roundup podcast. Find all of our network podcasts on your favorite podcast platforms and be sure to subscribe and like us. Learn more at www.healthcarenowradio.com/listen/
Zach sits down with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging at Headspace Health, to talk about the intersection of mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion. Check out the links in the show notes for some mental health resources and more! Want to know more about our LinkedIn Learning courses? Check them out! https://bit.ly/3k4havy You can connect with Cornell on LinkedIn. https://bit.ly/3E8cqxC Visit Headspace Health's website. https://bit.ly/3o3dDAJ Look into their mental health resources as well. https://bit.ly/3o6IgW0 Check out Living Corporate's merch! https://bit.ly/375rFbY Interested in supporting Living Corporate? Check out our Support page. https://bit.ly/3egO3Dk
Wellness is multidimensional. In addition to our physical health, wellness encompasses our mental, social, emotional and even financial wellbeing. It's no surprise that there's a connection between the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in an organization and the wellbeing of the laboratory professionals who work or train there. Programs that address the unique needs of every employee are integral in creating an equitable, inclusive workplace. On this episode of Inside the Lab, our hosts Dr. Lotte Mulder and Ms. Kelly Swails are joined by Mrs. Dana Baker, MBA, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare and medical education, Dr. Melissa Upton, MD, FASCP, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University of Washington and Chair of the ASCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and Dr. Darryl Elzie, PsyD, MHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), Laboratory Quality Coordinator at Sentara Healthcare and Founding Member of the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Executive DEI Council, to discuss the relationship between wellness and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within an organization. Our panelists explain why wellness is an essential part of any program intended to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion and how lack of access to wellness services impacts marginalized communities. They explore how the definition of wellness varies by culture and community and share best practices for developing wellness programs that address these issues. Listen in for insight on leveraging data to sell DEI to the C-suite and learn what training programs and workplaces can do to encourage and support wellness and equity in the lab. Topics Covered · Why wellness is an essential part of any program intended to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion· How healthcare disparities and lack of access to wellness services impact marginalized communities· Best practices for developing wellness programs in our workplaces and communities· How to create safe spaces dedicated to addressing issues of personal wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion in laboratory medicine· How we might leverage data to sell diversity, equity, and inclusion to the C-suite· What professional societies like ASCP can do to help members build healthy working lives Connect with ASCP ASCPASCP on FacebookASCP on InstagramASCP on Twitter Connect with Mrs. BakerMrs. Baker on Twitter Connect with Dr. UptonDr. Upton on TwitterConnect with Dr. ElzieDr. Elzie on LinkedInConnect with Dr. Mulder & Ms. SwailsDr. Mulder on TwitterMs. Swails on Twitter ResourcesASCP 2021 Annual MeetingASCP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Opportunities Inside the Lab in the ASCP Store
Along with being the “excellence of titling execution,” PDP Group account executive Deshaun Sheppard also serves as the diversity, equity and inclusion committee chair for the company that provides title administration solutions for finance companies and other parts of the automotive industry. For this episode of the Auto Remarketing Podcast recorded in person during Used Car Week, Sheppard described progress made by his employer on the D&I front and how far the entire industry still can go.
Deena Pierott is also a Social Impact Entrepreneur and the Founder of the award winning and nationally recognized STEM+Arts program for youth of color called iUrban Teen which has chapters in four states, and most recently launched Black Women in STEM 2.0. Ms. Pierott is also a diversity strategist and international public speaker. She has served on several boards and commissions including a Gubernatorial appointment to the Commission on African American Affairs in the State of Washington. She has been featured on the following publications: Government Technology, Essence Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, Deliver magazine, Portland Business Journal, Geekwire, Colors of Influence, Neurology Now, the Chicago Tribune and on NPR. “We are standing on the shoulders of our ancestors who are slaves. It's a responsibility in this life to walk through it with dignity, grace and integrity.” “Stand up for others and be fearless with it.” “Raise your hand, ask questions, be engaged, even if you know the answer to it. Don't be a wallflower.” Deena Pierott https://www.linkedin.com/in/dpierott iUrbanTeen https://iurbanteen.org/ Do Better: Spiritual Activism https://www.amazon.com/Do-Better-Spiritual-Activism-Supremacy/dp/1982151277 Follow Patti Dobrowolski - Instagram https://www.instagram.com/upyourcreativegenius/ Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/patti-dobrowolski-532368/ Up Your Creative Genius https://www.upyourcreativegenius.com/ Timestamp [3:56] Meeting Deena Pierott and fling into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [7:23] Working with innovative ways to change policy [8:44] How being a gay person in Texas is similar to Deena's experience [10:21] You have to be yourself in corporate America [10:55] How Deena started iUrbanTeen [14:26] Growing iUrbanYouth, iUrbanUniversity and working with Microsoft [15:57] Why Black Women in STEM was created [17:19] Making change in the world where anything can be done [19:20] It's never too late. What's your next thing? [21:22] Who is an inspiration to Deena? [22:56] How to tap into your creative genius? What's your routine? [24:35] You got to have skin in the game [27:52] Trick is to get into motivation and keep in momentum [28:20] Workaholic, selfcare, and dealing with trauma [31:30] Hurdles of being a black women founder [34:30] Sometimes its easier to stand up for others [36:27] What is the book you are reading right now [39:40] Biggest tip for someone making a change Patti Dobrowolski 0:03 Hello superstars. Welcome to the Up Your Creative Genius Podcast where you will gain insight and tips to stomp on the accelerator and blast off to transform your business and your life. I'm your host, Patti Dobrowolski. And if this is your first time tuning in, then strap in because this is serious rocket fuel. Each week I interview fellow creative geniuses to help you learn how easy it is to up your creative genius in any part of your life. Hey, everybody, it's Patti Dobrowolski. What's Up Your Creative Genius? Oh, my God. Today, I have just one of my favorite people in the universe. Deena Pierott. Now listen. So if you don't know who Deena Pierott is, I'm going to give you the lowdown on her and then she's going to tell us about herself. But first, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been subscribing and listening to the podcast and writing reviews. You like drove us up in the charts! It's fantastic. I love it. And I'm so grateful I am because this podcast is all about making change: how you can make change happen. And I've invited all these changemakers who have decided to change the world for other people or for themselves or their business. And so Deena Pierott is a serious changemaker. I got to read you her bio. Okay, so she is a sought after diversity strategist, Talent Acquisition Professional and international keynote speaker, no doubt, she's created cutting edge DEI programs that yield results in impact. And you know, we need that. Okay. But here's what I want to say she served on a number of boards. She's really super amazing. And she started iUrbanTeen, which really helped to advance and allow for kids who didn't have access to computers to get them. And so I know you're going to talk a little bit about that. But before we go on, I want to say this, that she was honored to be acknowledged by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change for technology inclusion, and by Ebony magazine on their Power 100 list. She is like been, in Essence Magazine, the top 50 black female founders. She's just amazing. I'm telling you, if I showed you this List of awards, you will be here forever. But my God, welcome to the show. Deena Pierott. You're amazing! Deena Pierott 2:41 Oh, wow. Thank you. I you know, when I hear that stuff, I'm going is that me? And now that you know, because a lot of times you're so busy working and creating and working and creating that you have to sometimes stop and look back at you know, I did this. Patti Dobrowolski 2:58 I know it. Deena Pierott 2:59 I did this. Oh, I'm ready to cuss I got it. Because Patti Dobrowolski 3:02 That's okay. i You should have seen somebody else I had was just F bomb every other word. Right? You're all right. Yeah. Here's the amazing. You are just incredible. And I met you because somebody decided that we should meet. We hooked up. We had lunch together with your granddaughter. Yeah. And we were both like, what are we doing in Portland? Wow, this place is so weird. And neither one of us live there anymore. So they're, you know, right. Deena Pierott 3:34 I know. There you have it. But I just think it was just an instant connection. I wonder how they might just like, Look, Patti Dobrowolski 3:41 I know, friends. I know. It is so good. And so I just been following. Honestly, I stalk you all the time to see what you're up to. And then I like, post "Deena Pierott, she's so amazing." So follow her and do stuff with her. Now tell us if you would in your own words, like tell us about you and how you got started doing what you're doing and you know, anything you want to share about it? Well, you know, Deena Pierott 4:03 it's I'm going to try to make it a shorter story because usually I tell this long story with Patti Dobrowolski 4:09 international keynote speaker that goes on. And Deena Pierott 4:13 I sometimes I think I'm a Baptist preacher. Patti Dobrowolski 4:17 Exactly. We love that. You know, Deena Pierott 4:19 I always like to say, what's the why, you know, What's your why and things that you do. And sometimes you end up in a space that you didn't think he would be in, you know, 1015 20 years ago. So I kind of fell into the Diversity Equity work back in the 90s when I moved up to Portland from Compton, California. Patti Dobrowolski 4:39 Alright, so there you go right now. Oh, now I'm from LA Oh, I know all about content. I know in the Portland is white, white. Deena Pierott 4:48 Girl. Let me tell you, it's the whitest white folks I've ever seen in my life. And I even started fading. I was not this color. But I guessed it But then I instantly saw this disconnect, I saw this inequity on how people of color, especially the black community was treated. Yeah, no, I was called the n-word. I don't know how many times and I'm going I've never been called that in California. Right. Not that it doesn't happen, but it didn't happen to me. Right. I also saw when working in the workplace, the inequities there as well. I also saw how my own people and other people of color kind of were a little complacent to things where they didn't know how or didn't feel like they needed to advocate for themselves. Patti Dobrowolski 5:36 Yeah. Would they just let it slide? Slide and just go, like, well, that's the way it is here. Deena Pierott 5:43 And see, that was not me. Oh, no, not me at all. And so I instantly started creating different forums and different initiatives at the City of Portland. And it was interesting, because I worked for a director at a bureau who was from the East Coast. And he wholeheartedly gave me the platform to do what I did right now. I felt that he truly trusted my decisions. Yes, he believed in diversity and equity. And it gave me the floor, let me run with it. And I ran like hell. So I was able to create, like, I created the city's infinity groups that they have employee resource groups, in partnership with the mayor's office, the commissioners and all that and made it really meaty. I created so many different initiatives. Oh, my gosh, I made sure that all of our interview panels were reversed. I ensured that all of our panels for contract reviews were diverse. And that was in the 90s Patti Dobrowolski 6:40 for for my cat popular. Wow, that's crazy. But I also Deena Pierott 6:43 advocated for myself, and that scared a lot of people, you know, because here's this woman of color, a black woman that is holding her own. And yeah, letting you get away with this. And so, but what made me sad, Patti was a lot of the employees from different bureaus would come to me, and they would go Deena, can you ask my boss, if I could do this? If I can go here? Patti Dobrowolski 7:05 Oh my God. I know that. Deena Pierott 7:09 You know, and it Patti Dobrowolski 7:10 makes me sad. Because that means that they don't feel empowered enough to go. They don't have the confidence to go maybe because somebody slapped him down. You know what exactly happened here? Yeah, fear of losing a job. Deena Pierott 7:23 Exactly. And so I will tell them, No, you can tell them. And this is what you say and how you say it. Yeah, I still wouldn't do it, I would still go to their directors and ask these questions. And so, but someone told me and I remember that this was in like the late 90s. One of my own folks from the black communities that Deena, you're too opinionated. You rock the boat too much. You have to make them comfortable, meaning I needed to make white people comfortable. And I'm like, I don't need to make anybody comfortable. Exactly. And I say hold on a second, what plantation? Did I just arrived on? Exactly right. And so but that kind of pushback from not only the white community, but my own community made me try harder. Right. And so that's, I was creating initiatives that were way ahead of their time, and people are just now catching on. Right. So that was my last. And that was my journey into the diversity, equity belonging inclusion arena. And so I still get asked from different companies to either Keynote or to lead their teams on edgy innovative ways to change policy. How do you look at this through an equity lens? Yeah. And how do you do it? Not me, not how I how do you do it? Right? Yeah, within those companies. So that was the DEI journey. Yeah. Now, let's go to iUrbanTeen. Patti Dobrowolski 8:44 Yeah, cuz I want to talk about them. I know. I love them. Well, the other thing is that, I mean, honestly, I'm a gay woman. So you can imagine my story isn't exactly the same. But it is about you. You have to come out every second. And then you know, I live in Texas now. So come on, people go meet my neighbors. And my neighbors were kind of like really skeptical about us. And then, you know, a young transgender kid came and left a card at our door and said, thank goodness, you have that sign in your front lawn? Because now I know that there's possibility for me. Deena Pierott 9:19 Oh, see, right. You never know. You never know who you're the role model for? Or what pathways you're helping to create someone how you're helping their voice be heard. You never know. But for you or just to think if you didn't speak up, if you didn't feel comfortable in your own skin. Think about the health issues, the mental health issues. Yes, I would be steaming inside. That's why I tell people say something. You feel that you just had a micro or macro aggression thrown your way. Say something. It may not be that instant. It may not be that same day. It may not be that week. That's some point. I need to come to Patti Say, Patti, you know what you mentioned to me what you said to me last week, blah, blah, blah. It really felt like a microaggression. That's how it felt for me. How can we bridge this? You know, how can we do this differently? You need to be comfortable enough to have that kind of conversation. don't own that shit. Okay? Patti Dobrowolski 10:18 Yeah, don't take it in. Don't, don't Deena Pierott 10:21 get in, Patti Dobrowolski 10:21 don't try to change yourself. This is me. Like I remember, I wanted to write a book called How to Be yourself in corporate America, because you have to be yourself have to be your own. You cannot. I mean, now, thankfully, some things are breaking open. But in big companies, it's still Deena Pierott 10:38 the same. I still say that's not the company for you if it's feel that way. And that's why I tell all of my folks and even our students in Ireland team. Yeah, one of the things we teach them is how do you best advocate for yourself? Patti Dobrowolski 10:50 I love that. So how did you start that? How did you start Ironman teen, Deena Pierott 10:55 you know, the story goes, I was commissioner here on Governor Greg gwass. Commission on African American Affairs back in 2006, to 2011. And at the time, all of our ethnic Commission's were talking about the opportunity gap issue, especially for male youth of color, you know, falling through the cracks, being marginalized, disenfranchised, not having a clear pathway. And I'm an entrepreneur, I'm not one to sit back and meetings and boards, and just talk something to death over and over overnight, Patti Dobrowolski 11:26 we got to get things going. We got to add some happen. You got to make some happen now. Deena Pierott 11:31 So I instantly started looking at my community is being how if our families knew about the Running Start program, which is an amazing program, which has been graduate high school with not only a diploma but with an associate's degree. The issue was a lot of our brown and black families weren't aware of it because the school counselors were telling them yeah, of course not. That's not and so we were making sure that happened. Then I was asked to participate on a chief information officer Council in Portland. And I told my friend Mark, who arranged these for these councils all across the country, but I'm not a CIO. He goes, I know that, but you're innovative and we need you. So I went okay. Works for me. And so I went to the very first meeting, Patti, and I was a little late getting to the party. And so I opened the door, and it's a roomful of white men. Yeah, so imagine me walking in there with an afro wig on. Alright, I had a big curly Afro wig. Yeah, leopard print jacket, lay Yes. And big hoop earrings. Patti Dobrowolski 12:34 I love it. Deena Pierott 12:35 I went, oh, i Whoa. Okay. So. So during that meeting, I was sitting there and I said to myself, Okay, so over here we have these youth who are being disenfranchised, marginalized. Yeah, clearly don't have a pathway for success. But in this room, is where the opportunities are. That's right. So how do I reach this divide? And during that lunch meeting, I thought up iUrbanTeen, and within six months, we launched with the help of some of those men in the room, who were still engaged with me after all of these years. Oh, that's fantastic. We launched iUrbanTeen in October 2011, exactly 10 years ago, the 13th year, and wow, that was incredible. And I knew from the first event that we had to keep going because I saw this magic happening, you know, during those sessions, because everything we do is fast paced, hands on. Kind of eclectic, cool, kind of funky. You know, all of that. But it grabs them. It grabs your attention. Patti Dobrowolski 13:38 Yeah, they'll switch a notch when they need you since we launched Deena Pierott 13:43 in that 2008. Yeah. 2011 We have since launched in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston. We've also we're hoping to launch in New York and also in Miami, Florida, as well as several other cities in 2022 and 2023. Patti Dobrowolski 14:02 Does that mean you get to go to those cities and launch they see now that's right and went to Texas Come on. You should call me because now Deena Pierott 14:12 are you in Dallas or Houston or I'm in Fortworth? I'm close enough I could go to Dallas Yeah, Dallas Yeah, well you know we're gonna be working with the city of Dallas on expanding all right ramps there so we go I will definitely let you know. Patti Dobrowolski 14:26 Yes, for sure. I love it. Alright, so you set up i Urban Youth, right. And you really helped them to create some programs that gave them access they didn't have before tools and resources and do you do internships too? How did you set the all that up? Deena Pierott 14:44 We do you know, we started just kind of grassroots having these paid internship programs in Portland for high school students. Yeah, with partnership with Cigna and then there was a company I Otis that was there as well. And now because we've had so many youth over the years that have been with our program, now they're in college. So we had to launch I Urban University. Oh, yeah. That is for over 18 crowd. Yeah. And so now do they get mentorship and things like this? Yeah, we have mentors that work with them. Yeah, we have diverse instructors that work with them. And in all the thing that for this Ironman University, that's where we have our scholarships. We have our paid college internships there. And now we are launching a support engineer training program with Microsoft that launches early next. I love it. Oh, that's so we have women we have black women in this first cohort aged 19 to 46. Yeah, that will be trained by Microsoft and also go through the certification process where they can get jobs starting at 80 to 90,000 a year. Oh, after 120 hours worth of trade. i Patti Dobrowolski 15:57 Oh my god, that's so fantastic. Now is this black woman in STEM? Deena Pierott 16:02 That's separate. That's separate. That's I mean, Patti Dobrowolski 16:05 oh my god, that is so incredible. Alright, so now talk about your latest thing, black woman in STEM, Deena Pierott 16:12 STEM 2.0. And we call it 2.0. Because, you know, we change the M and stem to manufacturing. because math is interwoven in all the other elements as well, and sciences and technology and engineering. Math is already interwoven in that. So we wanted to add manufacturing, because yes, that's a segment that sometimes overlooked in the whole stem arena. Definitely. So a couple years ago, some of my colleagues and I wanted to create a platform or an association for women that are in those spaces that we can brainstorm, have training sessions for, conferences for and basic networking, and also sisterhood. Sister fellowship. That's right. And so that's what we did. And so this year, you know, we were supposed to have our conference last year, but because in Texas, but because of COVID Yeah. Hectic, nutso course. So this year, we are having the conference, and it's a hybrid, where we will have in person events and virtual sessions. I learned this this Friday and Saturday here in Bellevue, you know, which is a community. Patti Dobrowolski 17:19 Oh, that's fantastic. Okay, I love that. All right. So look at how many I just so for those of you that are listening, so here is somebody that saw a need way back in the 90s. And then just built that, you know, went to bat for everything that she believes in, and then started to build the infrastructure to help other people. And this is what we're talking about is when you want to make change in the world, like yours is about big change in the world so that it will impact you know, your grandkids, it will impact your neighbors, your community. So these are the things that you did, but you are such an innovator because you sat in that room of all those. This is me, I'm imagining that because that's me too. I walk I know rooms with all white men, and I'm thinking Oh, yeah. Okay, now we're gonna have fun. Now I'm going to be myself and you guys are gonna love me at the end or else right? Yeah. And part of it is that you have to use your woo strength, but you also have to in that moment, you have to really build a bridge between your state of consciousness and theirs. And that's what you are. You excel in that when you do that, how do you do that? What is it that you do that you tap into in yourself to hear what needs to be done? Deena Pierott 18:40 Well, you know, I just kind of sit back. I think I blame my mom for making me think and understand that I could do anything. Right. And I believed it. I fell for it. Yeah. And so I still believe I still know nothing. I believe I know that I can do anything well, and you have Patti Dobrowolski 18:59 such that there's no reason why you shouldn't believe but what if you're a young person coming up? Or even if you've been working in a corporation for a long time or working for somebody else in the city for a long time, and you feel like, oh, yeah, yeah, but it's too late. And I'm almost going to retire. Why would I want to rock the boat? What would you say to them? Deena Pierott 19:20 Oh, it's never too late. It's never too late. Like I just turned 63 You know, on October 6, and I'm are ready. I know. I'm already thinking about what's the next best thing? What's the next thing I could do? Right? I don't know how some of us fell into that trap of okay, well, now you're over 50 So it's time to slow down. Everything is downhill from there. I don't know who sent us that Patti Dobrowolski 19:45 Milan. Oh, no, that was really big. Yeah. Now, you know, I'm older than you. So that's fantastic. I'm like, Yeah, I'm a year older than you. And so we look good girl. We look. I'm just saying and part of it is that We want to make sure that we're evolving. This is what you're saying is, what's my next thing? So that I want to know, like, when you have a vision for yourself, what's interesting to you right now? What are you fascinated with? That you can tell us about? Deena Pierott 20:16 Well, you know, I think that for me, because I'm so people centered, I really want to do something if it is my own, like digital online magazine for women over 50, you know, women of color over 50, particularly, because that's an audience that's overlooked a lot of times, I'm kind of a, like a lifestyle brand type of thing that I want to do I want to get into podcasting, you know, like you. So that's what I feel that the next layer is for me. Yep, thing that's really cool and fun. I Urban Teen will always be at my heart. But you know, I'm building up the infrastructure now where I have now managing director for Portland and southwest Washington. Patti Dobrowolski 20:57 Well, I see you have your infrastructure in there and the people that can do it. And Deena Pierott 21:03 pretty soon it's when do I have all the gears in place where I can just kind of sit back? And just so funny, Patti Dobrowolski 21:10 because when I saw you in Portland, you talked about that, then. So what's true is you have multiple gears now, before you were just working one gear for a while Deena Pierott 21:21 working here, right? Patti Dobrowolski 21:22 Now you got four gears all going at the same time. So that's Yeah, I think will be really, really amazing to see. And you know, who is inspirational to you right now in the world who you look out and you see, and you think, Wow, that is cool. I like that. whatever they're doing, is there anybody that is a role model for you, either now or in the past that really has helped you, and helps you as you get going on ideas? Do you have like your little cadre of sisterhood that you talk to about things, do you? Deena Pierott 21:54 Well, you know, and that's interesting, because I think back on the person, that really was my inspiration, and I know, it may sound a little corny and all but it was my mother, you know, and she passed away suddenly, in 2010. I am such a rogue, that there really isn't anyone out there that I see that I want to learn from or any thing, it's sad to say, but it's sometimes when you are so much into your own. Patti Dobrowolski 22:27 Yep. It's I know, Deena Pierott 22:30 I have a lot, a lot, a lot of mentees or people women that want to consult with me on how do I do this? How do I do what you do? So but there's not a whole lot of others that I see that I can connect with, or brainstorm on. Because usually what I'm thinking about and what I'm envisioning, is so far out there that no one's been there yet. Patti Dobrowolski 22:56 Yeah, I love that. That's fantastic. And so you really what you're doing is you're tapping into your own creative genius, that flow. So you just unlock that. And so tell me, what's your daily routine that you go through? That helps you unlock your creative genius? What Deena Pierott 23:11 do you do? Well, you know, what I do is I just sit back in early morning hours when it's dead silent, and there's no noise, there's no nothing. I haven't even made coffee yet. I just sit in silence. And I just envision what I already have in place, how I can tweak it, how can I make it better? How can I do this? At the same time? How could I add in this creative edge into this? That's not been done before? You know, so I just kind of invid before I write down anything? Yeah, I first have a vision for it. Yeah. Then once the vision clicks, I'll start creating an outline for how I want to do this, then the next step is how am I going to implement this? You know, what's the impact on the students on the companies that I work for in the DEI space? Yeah. And sometimes when I'm even working with the companies like right now, I was working with a global tech company. And we did something totally different that they hadn't done before yet, right? Sometimes I'll work with them. Like, this is what I'm thinking, what how can we do this? So I'll get there. Like I tell companies, you've got to have some skin in the game, I can sit there and talk to you. I'm blue in the face around diversity and equity. But you've got to roll up your sleeves, and you got to help me make this happen. Patti Dobrowolski 24:31 That's right. Because it's not gonna happen without them. Yeah. Because otherwise you're just a consultant coming in. And same thing, if I'm drawing a picture of the vision and nobody's attached to it, then sure, nobody cares. Deena Pierott 24:44 And so if I give them the tools on how do they do this internally, where they don't even need me anymore, a lot of times you'll get diversity, people thinking or saying that they're diversity experts and consultants that intentionally want to keep that company so they can keep getting a Patti Dobrowolski 25:01 paycheck. Oh, no, that's so what is that doing? Deena Pierott 25:05 What is that mindset doing for this next level of students coming through? I haven't seen that might land at your workplace. Right? Yeah, exactly. What is that doing for my sons who are in the workforce now? Yes. What is that going to be doing for my granddaughters who had some yesterday and your workspace? I'd rather I'm this way. And that's why I don't think I'll ever be monetarily rich. I'd rather give them all the tools they can do right now. Yeah. And happen, attach it to action, create it, attach it to metrics, yep, with everything, letting them know where they need to pivot, so that they can be equitable and inclusive workspaces. Don't keep paying me for years and years to keep you sick. Yeah, Patti Dobrowolski 25:46 that's right. Well, and one of the things that I'm listening to is that so you let the ideas germinate about where you are, and you envision how you could make a better so this my friend, Dawn calls this spinning the universe, you're really spinning the universe. Now using your imagination, then you get a plan, you get it down on paper, so that you've got something so that you know, okay, this is what we're going to do. And even if it's with somebody else, you get some partnership in there, so that you can make it happen. So you're not the driver of the activity, because the thing that you can be the driver at the beginning, but you don't want to be the driver for That's right. I Deena Pierott 26:25 always say this is the hardest thing to do when you are someone like me and like you and that very creative space, is find people that share your rhythm. Yeah, right. Oh, that's right. Find people that share your rhythm. I spent so many years trying to consult with people who had no idea what I really wanted to do. Right, but I just knew that what they were saying didn't settle. Well. I'm like, yeah, yeah. And that's crazy. Oh, man. Thank you, man. Oh, thank you. So it took me a long time. And it's still really hard to try to find those people who share your rhythm, right? You're one of those people that share my rhythm. Yeah, we got to get things going girl stuff off the bat, right back and forth. In an hour sit in ideas, right? Patti Dobrowolski 27:11 That's right. But then we got to go do them. We got to get people to help us do them. Like somebody in the background putting together your peloton machine right now, is that right? So if you're listening and you hear like the sound this clanking so Dina warned me that they were going to put up her peloton now and so whoever's back there doing that, you know, keep going and just know that this is what happens in a creative space. You have got to get everything happening at the same time, because there's not enough time in the day. Deena Pierott 27:41 Yeah, the only thing Patti is I'm looking at them putting this peloton treadmill together now I'm going to have to use it. I'm like, Oh, yes, Patti Dobrowolski 27:52 you're gonna have to use well, and and you know, I would say bite off just a small piece of that, like, I just start on things like that. Well, what's true for me is that I know if I don't dive full in and set a goal, that seems like whoa, I wonder if I could do that, then I will really get motivated to do it. I may not do it the next week, but I will that initial week getting myself going. So it's the trick to keep yourself motivated. And that's how it is with change, too. Right? You see something that needs to be changed, you get super excited at the beginning. But how do you maintain your own motivation? How do you maintain it? I want to know how you maintain, Deena Pierott 28:31 you know, for me that and I gotta be honest, until they transparent, this whole self care thing sucks for me, because I don't know how to do it. I have such a workaholic. But I also learned about myself as I have to do this self care, I have to learn this piece as much energy that I'm putting into these ideas and these businesses. Yes, I have to put that in me. You know, I have been through a lot of trauma over the last 20 years. One of the coping mechanisms for trauma is to stay busy. Yes. So I stayed super busy, you know, and it wasn't until my husband that my son's father passed away of cancer in 2019 that I actually hit a wall. I hit a wall and I basically almost had a nervous breakdown. And I realized at that point, I said to myself, I'm a smart enough woman to know that I gotta walk through this trauma. Right? Yeah, trauma that I have been suppressing for over 20 years. And that was a constant it was a continued I just got busier just wrapped more up. Yeah. Then I thought about what I created under trauma. Right. The White House under trauma. I'm honored in the Lincoln Center in New York with Oprah Magic Johnson all of them because if I ever team under trauma, right, I've been all these things under trauma. And I think that's why if they all didn't really resonate with me, well, Patti Dobrowolski 29:53 they don't really sink in. You're like yeah, I did that. I know that because I was on Broadway things like this. You Her major accomplishments you just sort of brushed him off. Yeah. Don't let them soak in. Yeah, yeah. That's great. Thank you so much. And then on to the next thing, because if you slow down too much, yeah. And you have to actually feel what's going on inside of yourself. Exactly. And really takes the passing of somebody who is important to you, to wake you up. I think sometimes, for me, it did. It was when my mom died. That was when I woke up. I couldn't get out of bed. Honestly, I couldn't get out of bed. I was just like, I don't know, you know, what's the point? And then I had to deal with all the things that had happened in my life. Right? Yeah. Deena Pierott 30:37 Well, that's what I've been going through over the past couple of years, since his death is just sitting still and going through the things like, you know, the things that have happened over the years me being discriminated against in the workplace, and, and and all the pushback that I've had to deal with, and it has been a heavy lift. Yeah, me with all of my businesses here in the Pacific Northwest. Patti Dobrowolski 30:59 Oh, you know, got it got to be because if you're in LA, you'd have our alliances. Deena Pierott 31:06 Oh, yeah. Even if I was in New York, Boston, Chicago, Patti Dobrowolski 31:09 any of the big cities, Dallas to the Dallas, Deena Pierott 31:13 I just look at how well we're so embraced in Dallas and Houston. And you know, I just came back from Boston, that was in Boston in Portland, Maine. And it was a totally different vibe there. Yeah. You know, I loved it. So I feel that being a black female founder here in the Pacific Northwest, there's a lot of hurdles to go through. Yep. You know, a lot of hurdles. And it was a harder path to get here. However, I'm the total, optimistic, idealistic person, I feel that all of that struggle, all the traumas, things that I've gone through all of the hardships, helps make me the mosaic of who I am. Patti Dobrowolski 31:57 Oh, it is, and you are so beautiful. You're such a beautiful mosaic that that is what true. And what I love about what you said, is that, you know, the composite of view. And all of us really is all of the things that we've had to go through all the, you know, all the N word, in your case, all the bottles thrown at me out of somebody's car window in LA, you know, all that stuff. Those are the aggressions that happen. And what's true is you understand your essence in the universe for good. You know, you're a vehicle for good. And so you take all that and just say, This is who I am. This makes me empathetic, right? This is where my empathy comes from. And this is where my need for connection. And also, this is where my I don't know about you, but my fuel to make change in the world comes from and you're spot on. You are just so incredible. And I'm so grateful that our paths crossed, because, gosh, I mean, you've just been doing so many things. Since I saw you in Portland. You were like a little lifeline to me in that weird deli that we were eating with your cute little granddaughter. So much older now. Leila Berg. Yeah, she's Deena Pierott 33:19 nine years old. She will be 10 Pretty soon. And you know, crazy. I look at her and I see true leadership in Yeah, yeah. I was honored at Clark College a couple years ago as Iris award winner. Yeah, cool. When in the audience, my son, his wife, and the girls were the audience. And wow, when I was doing the acceptance piece, when I was accepting it, I looked over at my granddaughters, and I asked the audience, you know, can I have a moment I have a message I want to give my granddaughter Oh, my God. And they said yes. And so I asked my son, but Leila up on stage. And I said, because the other ones are way too little. And so I said, Leila, I said, I hope that one day you'll understand why your grandmother is being honored here tonight. And I also hope that you understand the pathway that I'm trying to create for you. I said, Leila, we are standing on the shoulders of our ancestors who were slaves. So it's a sponsibility in this life, to walk through it with dignity, grace, and integrity. Oh, you promise me you'll do that? And she shook her head. Yes. Oh, I blew her kiss. She blew me a kiss. The audience was crying. Oh, Patti Dobrowolski 34:30 I bet. Oh, my God. Deena Pierott 34:31 And I said, ladies and gentlemen, in 20 years, she'll be the one receiving this award. So let's give her a round of applause. Oh, I love that. Oh, it's speaking it into existence. Well, I just reader, I see such a leader in her and I see the empathy, the empathy in her there's a young boy in her classroom at school elementary school, who's autistic. And he says if the other kids fully handled Leila is the only one who's nice for him and stands up for him. Patti? I almost cried because I said, she's got it. Patti Dobrowolski 35:02 That's it. Got it. She got it. She got the gene and the kids got Deena Pierott 35:06 the gene she has a friend and the leadership, stand up for others. And be fearless with it, right? Patti Dobrowolski 35:14 Ah, love it, stand by others and be fearless. With it, that should be all of our call to action, you know, really stand up for others and be fearless with it. And so even if you can't stand up for yourself, be sure to stand up for other people, because it makes a huge, huge difference. It really Deena Pierott 35:32 is easier because sometimes they're more skeptical to stand up for themselves and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Yeah, but it's easier to advocate for someone else, you know, yeah, to see that lifeline for someone else as well, if you do it the right way. Patti Dobrowolski 35:47 Yeah. And I think we need it. I mean, I think that if you know, so many people have been a mentor or an a door opener for me, in my life. And I think for you, too, you know, we get little doors open, and then we open the door way wide. For other people. We're like, let's get okay. Now everyone knows. Deena Pierott 36:07 Let's go I want to do right. And the thing is, is that people need to like for me, I advocate for everybody. It doesn't care what color you are. What gender what anything. Yeah, I believe in fairness, I don't like to see an equity placed anywhere for anyone, you know. And so that's why I was fighting the good fight for Patti Dobrowolski 36:27 fair, do you Yeah, you're so amazing. You just hear I'm telling you, you're so amazing. Now what I want you to tell people what you're reading right now. So they know what they should be reading to? Deena Pierott 36:40 Well, right now I'm reading a book called do better. And it's all around advocating for others advocating for yourself, creating equity, where you are, I was just at the Harvard bookstore in Boston. And I saw it and I bought it. And so I just started reading it. Very good read. The other book that I just listened to on audio was cast about the cast. Oh, yes. Yeah, it's long. Listen, and you really sometimes you got to play it back. And I'll, but it's a very, very good, there is another book that I'm also kind of in between around equity in schools. So I'm always reading that kind of, Patti Dobrowolski 37:18 well, you got to you have to, and everybody should be reading that, you know, Yeah, gotta just change your mindset all the time. Keep up. That's the thing. The other piece about change is, you have to keep up, keep up with what's important for you, and try to push yourself into areas where you don't feel comfortable, so that you can walk into that room filled with white men, and you can get what you need from the audience there. Right. Oh, God. Deena Pierott 37:47 And you know, it's so funny. When I walked into that room that day, I kind of did the whole church thing on here I am so that they can pause the meeting. Yeah, I could walk straight through to the front room. And I tell some of the guys there. Can you move over? So I put a chair here, because there was chairs in the back of the room. But Patti Dobrowolski 38:05 oh, yeah, well, back. Okay. That's right, exactly. Deena Pierott 38:09 What up to the front. I had a move, but a chair there. And but what are the things that I tell women and people of color, when you're in those kinds of situations where you are one of none of other people is to be engaged? Don't be that wallflower. So as soon as it came time for questions, yes, I was the first one that raised my hand. And I asked a question that I already knew the answer to. But I did that. And I do that a lot of times in places that they can see I'm here, I'm engaged. I'm a part of this group. Patti Dobrowolski 38:38 That's right. That's right. I love it. So raise your hand, ask a question. Even if you know the answer to even if everybody knows you're in the room and make a play, make it happen. And I would say that's true, even if you're on Zoom. Because in zoom rooms, it's really important to show up. So you turn your camera on, you got to look your best. And you got your hand up and you got to put comments in the chat. That yeah, that's fantastic. I've been Deena Pierott 39:06 on something zoom things where it's a lot of people and these people are just sitting there like quiet. Are they Patti Dobrowolski 39:10 advocator Tommy, would you entertain me, please? Yeah, I need some entertainment. Yeah. Deena Pierott 39:15 And there's a way to have that engagement even on Zoom or whatever platform Yeah, data. So you know, in fact, we're having our stem a wean for the kids. We've had a couple of virtual stem conferences for the kids. That's fantastic. Fast paced, they're fun. They're this and yeah, they're they're engaging, you know, and also, I think we've pretty much mastered the engaging online presence, you know, stuff so Patti Dobrowolski 39:37 well, you were engaging before when I came in drew with your kids. I mean, that was really, that was fantastic. I love doing that. So thanks for asking me to do that. Oh, they loved it, too. It was super fun now. Okay. So give us one last tip before we let you go. What's your one tip about change that you would tell to people say to people, you know people who are wanting to make a change What do you recommend that they Deena Pierott 40:01 do? I would recommend that they learn how to embrace it. Change is inevitable. Yeah. So my biggest tip is to be comfortable with change. Be comfortable with the pivot, always be that Constant Learner. I mean, I truly embrace change, even if it's things that I have no control of. I try to understand it and all but even for myself, looking at what the peloton that's going to be changed for me because I admit, I've got to embrace look, I've got to embrace it. I'm going to look like Beyonce in about six months. Okay, that's right. But embrace you can you will like either, like kind of grandma. So. But yeah, so I can't imagine not looking forward to the future and change that happens. I think that when you are afraid of change, when you try to stop change, I think that's when you stop growing. Patti Dobrowolski 40:55 Yeah. And when you start, then you're going backwards, you know, they're Deena Pierott 40:58 going backwards, Patti Dobrowolski 41:00 you either go forwards, or you go backwards, or you go backwards, so you got to keep going. Deena Pierott 41:05 My tip is to embrace it to embrace change. Patti Dobrowolski 41:09 I love it. I love you. You're so fantastic. I love thank you so much for spending this time with us listeners, we're gonna put into the show notes how you can get a hold of Deena Pierott because you're gonna want to follow her on Instagram and Facebook, wherever all LinkedIn all the places that she is. So look in the show notes. And I just take this to heart what she said embrace change, we live in a time of flux. If we're not going to get to a new normal flux is our new normal. So get good at change. And I can't wait to see what you do. So if you liked what you heard, you know, be sure to write a review about it or send me a DM on Instagram because we'd love to have you back and loved that you tuned in today to listen to all about Deena Pierott. I love you Deena. Thanks for being here. All right for having me on. My pleasure. Thanks so much for listening today. Be sure to DM me on Instagram your feedback or takeaways from today's episode on Up Your Creative Genius. Then join me next week for more rocket fuel. Remember, you are the superstar of your universe and the world needs what you have to bring. So get busy. Get out and up your creative genius. And no matter where you are in the universe, here's some big love from yours truly Patti Dobrowolski and the Up Your Creative Genius Podcast. That's a wrap
Patrick and Amy welcome onto the show Connie Montgomery, a retired occupational therapist, active volunteer, and person living with Factor VII deficiency, who joins BloodStream contributor and social worker Alex Abreu Boria for an open conversation on issues and experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in bleeding disorders. Show Notes: Presenting Sponsor: Takeda Subscribe to BloodStream Podcast: Link Patient informed consent article: Link Pfizer and Sangamo's gene therapy trial paused: Link Connect with BloodStream Media: BloodStreamMedia.com BloodStream on Facebook BloodStream on Twitter
Kristina Williams joins The Great Battlefield podcast to talk about her path to entrepreneurship and founding Unpacking, an online interactive platform for diversity, equity and inclusion training.
Let's take a trip from Burning Man in 1994 to Sotheby's Auction House in 2021; from the Department of Mutant Vehicles to the Radical Inclusion, Diversity & Equity stewardship; from Oregon to Nebraska to Las Vegas; from a sense of wonder to BRC 2022. Listening to this may inspire you to do something you hadn't considered before.Burning Man Culture: Radical Inclusion, Diversity & EquityBurning Man: Sotheby's Art Auction: Boundless SpaceBurning Man Staff: Patrice Mackey aka Chef Jukewww.chefjuke.comBurning Man: Henry Chang and ArtgineeringLIVE.BURNINGMAN.ORGlive@burningman.org
In the wake of significant social and political incidents, the emergence of a world economy, a changing workforce, and the focuses on “inclusivity: many companies are taking steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through corporate programs. Yet, progress in most sectors remains slow because many of them do not change systems. Many times, HR staff often leads programs that do not really understand what DEI is or measure it by numbers thinking that numbers alone will change systems. Other times, leaders initiate programs they believe are fashionable or legally correct, but they delegate them downward and remain unengaged. Leaders and organizations find it challenging to focus on DEI solutions, and there is no silver bullet, no single solution. Yet, pushing ourselves to think outside the box and draw on the best empirical evidence that exists helps. We also must focus on systems. Our guest in this episode talks about what we have to do to get DEI right.
Milagros Phillips is a keynote speaker, TEDx presenter, four times author, and certified coach. She designs strategic learning programs for organizations seeking to enhance their Diversity Equity & Inclusion initiatives through race literacy. Her programs use history, science, research, and storytelling to create compelling, life-transforming experiences. For more than 35 years Milagros has consulted, designed, and facilitated programs across many industries. She is an artist, a Reiki Master and Teacher, a Sound Therapist, Teacher of A Course in Miracles, and the creator of Race Demystified, a compassionate approach to healing from racial conditioning. She just released her latest book Cracking the healer's code: A prescription for healing realism and finding wholeness. Please welcome Milagros to the show. Find her at https://www.milagrosphillips.com/ #racism #healing #whitesupremacy #race #spiritualshit #spiritualpodcast #shadowwork Work with me here: Thelovelyalea.com Become a Patreon Member to get behind the scenes, extra content and workshops patreon.com/thelovelyalea Follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/thelovelyalea --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alealovely/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/alealovely/support
In this episode, Gregory Swinton, Project Manager at NBBJ Design, discusses key teachings around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Request a Custom Workshop For Your CompanyGet Free Access to Over 15 Negotiation GuidesNBBJ DesignFollow Greg on LinkedInFollow Kwame on LinkedInIf you've been a listener of the show and you've gotten a lot out of our programming, you can click here to Support Negotiate Anything.Kwame Christian with Gregory Swinton Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/negotiate-anything. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov. 15, 2021 - In the spring of 2021, state education officials had a simple direction for local educators: Write down policies that advance the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion in their schools. The implementation of that call to action has been anything but simple, with localized backlashes to the initiative prompting a coalition of education organizations to speak out in defense of the review process. New York State School Boards Association General Counsel Jay Wrona and New York State Council of School Superintendents Deputy Director Bob Lowry explain how schools are crafting their inclusion plans and why this is an important mission.
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