The Remote Show
The Remote Show
Nov 27, 2020
The Remote Show Live with Dr Tolonda M. Tolbert, Co-founder and Head of Strategy and Culture at Eskalera Inc
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In this episode of The Remote Show Live, we were fortunate enough to chat with Dr. Tolonda Tolbert about the realities of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in remote work environments. 

We were fortunate enough to cover many different components of DE&I in remote teams, and companies more generally. This was a very important conversation, and we were happy to have hosted it. Dr T gave many important insights including practical teams and actionable projects for improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  

We covered:

• How an action based approach is needed, using analytics and metrics. 

• How remote work influences progress in corporate DE&I 

• Does diversity in the work place help spark innovation? Hint: Yes, it does. 

• How can remote companies improve their hiring and onboarding that optimize DE&I?

• How can managers best support their underrepresented employees - especially during this time?


We're aiming to help keep the momentum going with the recent spike in conversations about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion -- if you're a remote manager/leader/hiring manager, this one's for you!

Interested in continuing this conversation within your organization? Check out for more information!

Tolonda M. Tolbert, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder, and Head of Strategy and Culture at Eskalera, Inc. She comes to the role with almost two decades of hands-on experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and culture change. Prior to that, she served as Senior Director of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative for Catalyst, partnering with global organizations to build their capacity to create and sustain inclusive workplaces, specializing in DEI strategy, curriculum design, and implementation. 

She also led the Employee Resource Leadership Initiative (ERLI) with a mission to engage and connect ERG leaders to share ideas and best practices while learning how to amplify inclusion. Previously she led special anti-bias projects at the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute and GLSEN(Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network). 

She was also a staff developer at Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility and a faculty member at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work teaching graduate and faculty courses on Inclusive Pedagogy. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, she is a published writer, independent scholar and community activist.

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