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Next Pivot Point
Inclusive leadership is a journey, and you do not have to do it alone. This podcast exists to provides tangible tools, thought leadership, and ideas for you to be an ally for others that are different than you.
3 days ago
122: Dr. Steve Yacovelli - The Hidden Minority with "The Gay Leadership Dude™"
Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the self-proclaimed "The Gay Leadership Dude™". His passion for advancing the rights of the LGBTQ+ community is contagious. He joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share: * Why 50% of LGBTQ+ people are still closetted in the workplace * Allyship’s roles in creating positive change * Inclusive language to signal you want to be an ally for others Connect with Dr. Steve Yacovelli at https://topdoglearning.learnworlds.com/course?courseid=mopsam . Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Feb 14, 2021
121: Rashmi Prabhakar - Global Diversity Leader's Actionable Best Practices
Rashmi Prabhakar is a global leader and leader of Finastra's Women's Employee Resource Group. She joins the Next Pivot Point to share: * How to structure your Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for success * Mentoring program best practices * How intentional and consistent training and development builds diversity in the workplace Connect with Rashmi on LinkedIn. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Feb 7, 2021
120: EB Sanders - Intentionality at Home and at Work
EB Sanders is a motivational coach and speaker who spends her time teaching creative types how to Find Their Thing. She joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share: * The role of values in finding your own career happiness * How to create a vision for yourself using all five of your senses * Why the imposter syndrome is connected to diversity You can connect with EB Sanders at https://www.ebsanders.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Jan 31, 2021
119: Bridget Greenwood - Why We Win With More Women in Tech
Bridget Greenwood joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share knowledge on diversity in technology and why leaving women out is bad for business. In this episode, you will learn: * Why designing technology that works for all people is good for business * How organizations are leading with their missions and purposes to attract diverse talent * The importance of building more inclusive workplace cultures right from the start Get in touch with Bridget Greenwood at https://www.thebiggerpie.io/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Jan 24, 2021
Season 7 Trailer with Kathryn Buntain
We are back! This season we are focused on sharing global stories of allyship and best practices for diversity and inclusion leaders. Kathryn Buntain, Next Pivot Point's Client Success Manager, joins the podcast to share her background and thoughts on 2021 trends and best practices.
Jan 3, 2021
118: Michelle Silverthorn - Authentic Diversity
Fear of saying and doing the wrong thing is what is holding Corporate America back from true inclusion. Michelle Silverthorn does not believe it needs to be this way. She joins the podcast to share her latest book Authentic Diversity with tangible tools for everyone to practice more inclusion, including: * The balance of stories and data to show the business and human case for diversity and inclusion * Ground rules of respect and empathy for any successful diversity conversation * Questions to ask yourself and others that are afraid of diversity Connect with Michelle at https://michellesilverthorn.com/.
Dec 27, 2020
117: Zach Nunn - Elevating Black and Brown Voices
Zach Nunn is a “Big 4” DEI consultant, CEO, and founder of Living Corporate, which exists to amplify and center marginalized voices at work by interviewing Black and Brown executives, activists, educators, elected officials and influencers. Together, we unpack how: - We are unknowingly complicit with systems of racism and white supremacy - Making a difference in your own organization is the most important thing you can do as an ally - To recognize Black fatigue with an abundance of grace Follow Zach and Living Corporate at https://www.living-corporate.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Dec 20, 2020
116: Eve Rodsky - The Fair Play Guide to Work Life Integration
Eve Rodsky is author of Fair Play: a Game-Changing Solution for When You Have to Much to do. She joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share: * Why work life balance does not exist * How work life integration is a systemic problem that does not work for any gender * Boundaries, systems, and communication frameworsk to better integrate work and life Connect with Eve at https://www.everodsky.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Dec 13, 2020
115: Lenora Billings-Harris - Why Diversity & Inclusion is not "Political"
Lenora Billings-Harris has been leading diversity and inclusion work across the world for 25+ years. She shares her personal "why" story for this work dating back to 1994 in South Africa that builds the so important human case for diversity. Together, we discuss * Why diversity & inclusion is unfairly perceived as "political" and therefore hard to talk about * Her B-BASIC techniques for allyship * What it means to be an ally vs. an advocate * D&I as a team metaphor - diversity is the make-up of the team and inclusion is how the team behaves Connect with Lenora at https://www.ubuntuglobal.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Dec 6, 2020
114: Terrance Bell - A Black Man's Experience Growing Up in the South
It is hard to understand the lived experiences that you yourself have not experienced. Terrance's story of being a Black man in the South and finding himself amongst the differences is eye-opening for allies. We canvas Terrance's personal story laced with clues to why: * White people do not "see" racism * Teaching white Europeon history is problematic * Equity is not a zero sum game Connect with Terrance at https://www.linkedin.com/in/terrance-bell/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Nov 29, 2020
113: Ekta Goel - Gender Equality Starts at Home
Ekta Goel, seasoned HR leader and diversity champion, joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share her own personal journey along with helpful strategies to lead inclusively. Together, we explore: * Gender biases in the US and abroad forcing women to prove it again * How the motherhood penalty affects women adversely in the workplace and what must be done to fix it * The glass ceiling and how it operates differently in the US vs. India * Why we cannot wait for HR leaders to set policies; it starts with individual actions Connect with Ekta at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ektagoel1/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Nov 22, 2020
112: Minda Harts - Why Corporate America is Not Working for Women of Color
Minda Harts, bestselling author of the book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share how Corporate America can engage women of color. In this episode, we cover: * Why courage is necessary to lead inclusively * How to look outside yourself to be an ally for women of color * Why allyship is not a badge of honor; it requires action Follow Minda's work at www.mindaharts.com. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Nov 15, 2020
111: Roshaunda Green - DIBs
Roshaunda Green was named one of the 30 must follow D&I thought leaders on transforming the workplace. She joins the podcast to explore: * The DIBs framework for diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace * How to embed DIBs into your overall business strategy and goals * A window into a day in the life of DIBs practioner You can connect with Roshaunda at @RoshaundaDGreen on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/roshaundagreen/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Nov 8, 2020
110: Todd Shickel - White Male Epiphanies
Todd Shickel is a senior executive in Corporate America. He joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to share his own white male ephiphany journey and why it is hard for white men to engage in the diversity, equity and inclusion conversation. Together, we unpack: * His white male epiphany stories from an early age to now * The 3 L's he lives by as an ally to listen, learn, and lead by example * How ignorance rather than fear is what is really holding white men back from joining DEI Learn more about Todd at https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-shickel-897833b/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Nov 1, 2020
109: Kasia Urbaniak - A Woman's Guide to Power
Kasia Urbaniak is author of Unbound: A Woman's Guide to Power. She joins the Next Pivot Point podcast to discuss: * Insidious power is hard to see and why * The temporary chaos created when women express power * "Good girl" conditioning and the role of men in the conversation on gender equality Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint. Learn more about Kasia at weteachpower.com.
Oct 25, 2020
108: Craig Welsh - A Look Inside Corporate America's Journey with DEI
Craig Welsh, Chief Distribution and Marketing Officer at Westfield, joins us to share his personal journey to allyship. As a senior leader, he shares how his organization has built and sustained their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals over time. Together, we unpack: - His personal why for allyship and his journey supporting the women's employee resource group and overall diversity - The discomfort men have in the diversity conversation and what to do to enlist more allies - The importance of the "why" for the DEI journey and how his organization is commited to helping end systemic racism Follow Craig at https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-welsh-60657511/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Oct 22, 2020
Bonus Episode: How to Facilitate Inclusive Meetings
Meetings are a huge indicator of a team's success. Meeting behavior signals inclusion, or often, the lack of inclusion. Reflect on your meetings… * How often do the same types of people speak? * How often do the same types of people make decisions? * What types of people get interrupted the most? In this episode, Julie teaches you how to : * Align the team by crafting solid rules of engagement * Facilitate interaction authentically and early on to gain input * Build commitment, rather than consensus Like this? Join us for our next online workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-have-inclusive-meetings-tickets-119894933975
Oct 18, 2020
107: Jennifer Brown - How to be an Inclusive Leader
Jennifer Brown is back! She returns to discuss her new book, "How to be an Inclusive Leader" and why white supremacy culture is still holding Corporate America back from achieving true diversity and inclusion. Together we unpack: - The ally continuum and the importance of meeting leaders where they are at in the ally journey - The risk of losing people along the journey in allyship from aware to active stages, and how to prevent that from happening - Why white supremacy culture is holding Corporate America back and how to open the doors to allies, especially white men in the diversity, equity and inclusion conversation Connect with Jennifer Brown at www.jenniferbrownspeaks.com. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Oct 15, 2020
Bonus Episode: How to Measure Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The business case for diversity is not a secret. There is a clear ROI for the why for diversity, equity, and inclusion: * Inclusive teams make better business decisions 87% of the time. * Firms with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenues according to Forbes * Gender and racial diversity lifts profitability rates 20-36% according to McKinsey In this episode, Julie shares how to: * Prioritize data that truly drives diversity and inclusion * Craft meaningful metrics that capture diversity and inclusion activities * Create a diversity and inclusion scoreboard for accountability Like this content? Join us for our next online workshop on this topic: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/119898255911/
Oct 11, 2020
106: Brad Johnson and David Smith - How to be One of the "Good Guys"
Highly acclaimed male ally experts, HBR contributors, and published authors of the newly released book "The Good Guys," Brad Johnson and David Smith join the show to discuss: - The why for men, especially white men, in the gender and diversity conversation - Tangible ways to be a "good guy" and stand with women and underrepresented groups as an ally - How gender allyship translates to racial allyship Connect with Brad and Dave at www.workplaceallies.com.
Oct 8, 2020
Bonus Episode: How to Craft a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy
Leadership teams in Corporate America have awoken. They know diversity is a problem, and they are not sure where to start. For those painfully behind on the diversity and inclusion journey, it is never too late to start. As with any journey, this one also starts with a strategy. To craft a strong diversity and inclusion strategy, you need clarity. In this episode, Julie shares how to: * Define what inclusion means to your organization * Craft a compelling why this important now and in the future * Build an intentional road map of inclusion to support the strategy LIke this content? Consider joining a future online workshop to learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/julie-kratz-8595765091.
Oct 4, 2020
105: Veronica Appleton - A Different World for Diversity
Veronica Appleton, professor, thought leader, and author comes to us with a thoughtful approach to allyship. Together, we discuss: - How to carry your values with you as an ally for diversity and inclusion - What it will take to sustain the energy long-term for racial justice - The significance of asking "how are you doing?" as an ally Connect with Veronica at www.veronicaappleton.com. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Oct 1, 2020
Bonus Episode: Unpacking Racism Revisited with Ericka Young
Antiracism is a word being thrown around Corporate America all too often nowadays. In the wake of George Floyd and sustained racial equity conversations in 2020, we wanted to take a moment to unpack what we are doing to support antiracism and ideas for those that want to be allies to people of color. My frequent collaboration partner, and advocate for racial equity, Ericka Young, and I discuss: * Where we are at now personally and with our clients working on antracism * Antiracism books we are reading and how we are practicing self-care to manage our energy * Calls to action for those that want to be allies for people of color If you like this episode, there is more. Join us for the Unpacking Racism: What Do I Need to Do to be an Antiracist? live virtual workshop November 10 at 12p ET.
Sep 27, 2020
104: Aubrey Blanche - Equitable Design & Impact
Aubrey Blanche, Director of Equitable Design and Impact at Culture Amp, shares powerful tools and information to facilitate equity in your organization. Together, we discuss: - Why the word diversity doesn't always drive inclusion - Equitable design and how to make diversity work at work - The pillars of the Culture Amp anti-racism platform Follow Aubrey at https://www.linkedin.com/in/adblanche/ and the Culture Amp anti-racism pillars at https://www.cultureamp.com/antiracism/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Sep 20, 2020
103: Tina Gilbert - The Strength of Weak Ties
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging Corporate America leader joins us to shares her stories and expertise. Together, we cover: * The history of diversity and inclusion over Tina's 20+ year career in * How to build a robust, intentional strategy around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for 2020 and beyond * What it will take to engage the white male majority group in Corporate America and the importance of the strength of weak ties Follow Tina at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinalgilbert/ and check out here DIEB Navigators Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/DIEBNavigators/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Sep 13, 2020
102: Jordan Mitchell - Leaning into Candid Conversations on Race and Inclusion
Jordan MItchell, diversity and inclusion expert, joins the podcast to share his story on allyship. Together, we talk through: - His candid experiences with diversity and inclusion a bi-racial man in America in 2020 - Why microaggressions are so hurtful and how to lean into candid conversations as an ally - The importance of continued conversation and driving systemic change from recent events Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint. Get in touch with Jordan at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmitch40/
Sep 6, 2020
101: Esther Weinberg - Unpacking the 2020 Seismic Shifts in People Strategy Development
Esther Weinberg joins the podcast episode to share some "truth bombs" for effective people strategy development. Together, we unpack: - The seismic "pivot points" in her own career that led to her following her purpose in her work - The ripple effects of the pandemic and how virtual work has impacted the employee experience - Motivation techniques and tools for today's people leading wanting to get the most out of their virtual teams Learn more about Esther and get the free e-book "Why Your Company's Bottom Line is not the Top Priority" at https://thereadyzone.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Aug 30, 2020
Episode 100: Lesa Bradshaw - Including Disabilities in the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation
TEDx speaker and disability expert, Lesa Bradshaw, shares her humorous approach to diversity with tangible strategies to be an ally for those with disabilities. Together, we cover: - How to avoid the shame factor in conversations about diversity - Why disabilities have been excluded from the diversity and inclusion conversation and how to include them - How to relax and talk about it because "it's just diversity" Listen to Lesa's "Disability vs the Workplace" Ted Talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3_RjJtd6Eo and check out her cheeky blog here: https://bradshawleroux.co.za/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Aug 23, 2020
99: Victoria Mattingly - The Science Behind Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are hard to define at times. That is why Victoria Mattingly talks about the science behind diversity and inclusion and evidence-based solutions. Together, we discuss how to: * Define diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization * Apply science and evidence-based techniques to diversity and inclusion * Demonstrate allyship as a white person Learn more about Victoria and get off of 25% her online course at https://www.mattinglysolutions.com/pivotpoint. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Aug 16, 2020
98: Mike Bensi - Leading Inclusively Through Change
As Mike Bensi says, "the health of your company is only as strong as the health of your leaders." Mike helps leaders and leadership teams create clarity and momentum on strategies and goals that move the organization forward. He joins us to discuss: * Why white men need to be engaged in the conversation about diversity and inclusion * What organizations can do to show a deeper commitment to inclusion beyond corporate statements and rhetoric * How to lead inclusively in an ever changing work and life environment Learn more about Mike at https://www.mikebensi.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Aug 9, 2020
97: Helen Aboah - Mapping Diversity and Inclusion to Purpose
Helen Aboah, CEO of Urban Zen, joins us to share her personal story of intersectionality and the importance of inclusive leadership. Together, we discuss: * The unique experiences of women of color in Corporate America * Why leaders need to ask "what is it that you need to be successful?' as a leader * Connecting diversity and inclusion to purpose rather than focusing on it as a initiative Learn more about Helen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-aboah-a0b00193/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Aug 2, 2020
96: Dr. Stefanie Johnson - How to Inclusify Your Team
Dr. Stefanie Johnson discusses her new book, Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams. In this episode you will learn: * How to combine uniqueness and belonging to drive long-term team success and innovation * The good-intentioned yet unhelpful behaviors for leaders in Corporate America that want to lead like allies * What to do to demonstrate authentic inclusion in your workplace Get in touch with Stefanie and access the Inclusify quiz and book at https://inclusifybook.com/. Find Julie at https://nextpivotpoint.com/ or @nextpivotpoint.
Jul 2, 2020
95: Ericka Young - Unpacking Racism
Ericka Young returns as a guest to unpack racism and the last 40 days of the Black Lives Matter movement. Together, we discuss what we have learned from recent events, where the conversation is now, and how to lean into hard conversations about race in America. Like this content? Julie and Ericka are hosting a virtual series "Unpacking Racism: The Journey to Being an Ally" starting August 21. Virtual spots are limited to the first 20 people. Learn more at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpacking-racism-the-jouney-to-being-an-ally-tickets-112130988806.
Jun 28, 2020
Preview Episode of Season Six: The Future of Work
Julie shares a glimpse of season six as she interviews experts leading the way on defining and studying the future of work. She shares the top ten themes from her research and how leaders now more than ever will need to be inclusive. Check out the full video series at https://nextpivotpoint.com/future/.
Jun 21, 2020
The Five Questions to Start the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation
Back for a bonus round to share a new tool and video series Julie has been working on during the pandemic. Julie shares the five questions to guide your organization into the conversation about diversity and inclusion and practical exercises all allies can do lead inclusively. Get all five questions videos and guides NextPivotPoint.com/5-Questions.
Jun 14, 2020
Bonus Episode: Celebrating Pride Month
Back for one more bonus episode, Julie would be remissed to not spotlight the LGBTQ+ community for Pride month. While allies engage in their support beyond just Pride month, this is an opportunity for renewed solidarity in these challenging times. Julie shares her top three ways to demonstrate you are an ally in this week's episode. Check out my ally Bernadette Smith for more on virtual Pride celebrations.
Jun 7, 2020
Bonus Episode Part II on Race: White Men as Allies
Back by popular demand, Julie takes the mic to give her take on the recent renewal of energy for antiracism in America and globally. She shares the what this means for the future of antiracism, why white men are the key to sustaining this positive change, and three tangible ways for white men can engage as allies through empathy, listening sessions, and checking their own bias and privilege. Take the implicit bias test Julie mentions here. Know an ally who could benefit from this message? Share this podcast and Julie's book Lead Like an Ally.
Jun 2, 2020
Bonus Episode: How to be an Ally Against Racism
In this special bonus episode, Julie takes the opportunity to explore why now is the time for allies on racism. She shares simple ideas for those that want to be an ally for African Americans. Silence is not okay. This is the time to listen, to learn, and to engage in the conversation on race. Resources Julie mentioned on the podcast: * HBR Avoiding Missteps Article https://hbr.org/2020/06/u-s-businesses-must-take-meaningful-action-against-racism * Her LinkedIn post that went viral * Recent Parade article feature
May 24, 2020
94: Jeremy York - The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Jeremy York, HR expert & President of Invigorate HR, joins us to discuss: - The importance of bringing your full self to work and how to invigorate a culture of belonging in the workplace - Recent SHRM data on the business case for diversity and inclusion - Strong examples of organizations getting diversity and inclusion right - How to ask questions the best way you know how, especially about sensitive issues Learn more about Jeremy York at https://www.invigoratehr.com/.
May 17, 2020
93: Susan Freeman - Gendered Language in the Workplace
Susan Freeman, Founder & CEO of Freeman Means Business, joins us to discuss: - Communication theory and its impact on gender in the workplace - How white males have created the operating systems of Corporate America and changes organizations can make to be more inclusive to women and other minorities - The tool of storytelling and its role in diversity and inclusion - The likeability trap for women and language swaps you can make to protect against this gender bias - What to say when someone says something unhelpful at work about diversity and inclusion Learn more about Susan at: https://freemanmeansbusiness.com/.
May 10, 2020
92: Robyn Frank - A Moment of Awakening for Diversity & Inclusion
Robyn Frank, VP of Diversity and General Counsel at Centerforce USA, joins us to discuss: - How being the "other" woke her up to participating in diversity and inclusion - The importance of self-advocacy when you are the "only" one like you in a team setting - Regional differences on diversity and inclusion - Native American cultural diversity and how to leave an impact through volunteerism - How to lead like an ally in a way that is aligned with you personally and professionally Learn more about Robyn and her organization at https://cf-conferences.com/.
May 3, 2020
91: Alissa Carpenter - Humanizing the Workplace
Alissa Carpenter, keynote diversity and inclusion speaker, shares: - Her own Corporate America journey and how she successfully started her own speaking business - Key techniques to humanize your workplace - Stories and strategies to lead more inclusively Connect with Alissa at http://www.notokthatsokcoach.com/.
Apr 26, 2020
90: Laraine McKinnon - Big Data and Diversity & Inclusion
Laraine McKinnon, diversity and inclusion strategiest, shares: - Why now is the time to leverage big data to help with diversity and inclusion - How Silicon Valley is leveraging data to improve diversity and inclusion - How to access your employee experience data to make impactful shifts in diversity and inclusion strategy Connect with Laraine at https://lmc17consulting.com/.
Apr 19, 2020
89: Devin Halliday - How White Cis-Gender Men Benefit from Diversity & Inclusion
Workplace belonging expert, Devin Halliday, shares: - The importance of aligning your values with the organization and team's values - Why belonging at work matters to all humans - How consideration of different perspectives helps us all achieve greater results Connect with Devin at https://www.rudimentsolutions.com/.
Apr 12, 2020
88: Kristen LIesch - Dimensions of Diversity
Kristen Liesch, diversity and inclusion expert, shares: - The dimensions of diversity and how some are visible, yet often are non-apparent - Bias is a shared human behavior, and is hard to undo in a few hours training program - How people that face inequities often have the best ideas to solve the problems - Why one and done, check the box diversity training is not effective Connect with Kristen at https://www.tidalequality.com/.
Apr 5, 2020
87: Rachana Bhide - Allyship & Why It Matters
Rachana Bhide, allies storytelling expert, helps us understand: - Our unique identities and the intersectionality of the human experience - How universal the diversity dimension experiences can be - What male allyship is and how to recognize our allies - Gender traits and why our allies operate outside the gender boxes Connect with Rachana at https://www.cornerofthecourt.com/.
Mar 29, 2020
86: Erin Brothers - Diversity Beyond Race & Gender
Diversity and inclusion speaker and trainer, Erin Brothers, shares: - Why organizations are struggling with on diversity despite their best efforts - Transforming your inclusive culture to be more proactive vs. reactive - How leaders can broaden the diversity dimensions beyond race and gender - Best practices for those want to be allies for equality Connect with Erin at https://purpleinkllc.com/.
Mar 22, 2020
85: Bonnie Fetch - Why Now is the Time for Men as Allies
Corporate America Executive and women's leadership author, Bonnie Fetch, shares: - The importance of seeing ourselves reflected in the collective stories of women leaders - How to find your allies in Corporate America - The importance of the executive team being engaged in diversity and inclusion - Why now is the time to include men as allies - Practical tips to engage men as allies - The question to lead like an ally with "how does it feel?" Connect with Bonnie at https://unskirtingtheissues.com/.
Mar 15, 2020
84: Julie Phillips - Women's Leadership Challenges & Strategies
Former Corporate America woman leader, Julie Phillips, shares her insights on: - Gender biases and how to respond to them in the moment - The delicate balance of flexing your style to be heard while remaining your true self - The "work uniform" and why it still holds women back today - Comfort with who you are and who you are not - Knowing your gifts and how that influences your happiness Connect with Julie at https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-booth/
Mar 8, 2020
83: Kate Isler - Celebrating International Women's Day
Women's leadership expert, Kate Isler, share insights on: - Her own global experiences in her career and how that shapes perceptions on gender equality - Gender stereotypes and differences abroad vs. the U.S. - Caregiving standards and the importance of the role of fathers - Diversity and inclusion as "balance and belonging" Conenct with Kate Isler at bboldnow.com.
Mar 1, 2020
82: Jo Miller - Kicking Off Women's History Month
Women's leadership expert and author, Jo Miller, shares: - Why it is important for ALL voices to be heard (especially women at work) - Self-promotion and why women hold back - Gender socialization and its impact on women in Corporate America - How to build a personal brand around your leadership strengths - Trends for 2020 and beyond for women's leadership Connect with Jo Miller at jomiller.com
Feb 23, 2020
81: Simone Morris - Diversity and Inclusion is a Journey
Diversity and inclusion expert, Simone Morris, shares: - How to bring our allies on the diversity journey with us - The mindset of inclusive leaders - What inclusive organizations are doing to prioritize investing in diversity and inclusion - How to celebrate black history beyond Black History Month - Embracing brave conversations and creating space for real talk Connect with Simone at https://www.simonemorris.com/.
Feb 16, 2020
80: Derrin Slack - How to Build Trust by Risking Ourselves
Diversity and inclusion community engagement expert, Derrin Slack, talks about different diversity dimensions of race and disabilities, sharing: - His back story on being a child on the margin and how it connects to his organization's purpose - Why diversity is uncomfortable and how to overcome it - Deep relationship building cultures and how they win at inclusion - Shifting candid conversations with the perspective "the problem is me" - Being intentional and vulnerable as an ally - Why we need to see more people of color and those with disablities in positions of power Connect with Derrin at https://www.proactindy.org/
Feb 14, 2020
79: Julie Kratz - April is Celebrate Diversity Month
Diversity awareness cannot be a one and done discussion. April is a great opportunity to build upon past successes with diversity and inclusion and intentionally build another moment of awareness and activity for allies to engage more. In this solo-episode, I share ideas to have a successful discussion with your organization: - Be intentional. Ensure any program has a follow up exercise or application and it is clear what is expected. - Try out the diversity wheel or diversity storytelling exercises. - Check out my resources page with free videos, blogs, podcasts and book lists to help you facilitate this important, ongoing dialogue. More at www.nextpivotpoint.com/resources
Feb 14, 2020
78: Julie Kratz - March is Women's History Month
Did you know that March is Women's History Month? Organizations focused on diversity and inclusion are hosting events and sharing education on how to be an ally for women leaders. In this epsiode, Julie shares her ideas and what her clients are doing to support Women's History Month. It is not too late to plan an event or share videos and tools for positive change!
Feb 14, 2020
77: Julie Kratz - White People & Black History Month
Julie candidly discusses what she is doing to celebrate Black History Month and why white people may not feel like it is their history to celebrate. It is important that we all celebrate it inclusively and Julie shares ideas to meet our allies where they are at. Check out the Inclusion School podcast with Simone Morris at www.inclusionschool.com Listen in my webcast with Ericka Young on this topic at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oSjMRv13nU
Feb 9, 2020
76: Lisa Marie Platske - Connection and Belonging in the Workplace
In our fifth season, we are having candid conversations about diversity and inclusion with our team of experts. In this episode, inclusive leadership expert, Lisa Marie Platske, shares: - Her inspiring story of leading in a male-dominated workplace - Tools for inclusive leaders wanting to build more connection on their teams - The lens of welcoming different perspectives - How to deal with non-inclusive situations as allies - The necessary ingredient for change - vulnerability Follow her at https://upsidethinking.com/.
Feb 2, 2020
75: Bea Wray - Diversity & Inclusion as a Universal Human Experience
In our fifth season, we are having candid conversations about diversity and inclusion with our team of experts. In this episode, my collaborator on women's leadership, Bea Wray, shares: - Reframing careers as a jungle gym vs. a corporate ladder - The transferable skills of caregivers that organizations can benefit from - Storytelling techniques to communicate complicated strategies - The hard steps to diversity and inclusion and how to break them down into baby steps instead Follow Bea at https://www.beawray.com/.
Jan 26, 2020
74: Ericka Young - Unpack Your Privilege to Be a Better Ally
In our fifth season, we are having candid conversations about diversity and inclusion with our team of experts. In this episode, my collaborator on privilege, Ericka Young, shares: - How to diversify your social circles - Intersectionality and why it is not about just advancing one diversity dimension - The importance of acknowledging your privilege to help others - What white people can do to be allies for people of color - Why it is important to be around people different than you Connect with Ericka at https://www.tailormadebudgets.com/.
Jan 19, 2020
73: Bernadette Smith - The Future of Diversity & Inclusion
In our 5th season, we are interviewing experts in the trenches focused on diversity and inclusion. In this episode, Bernadette Smith, diversity and inclusion expert, shares: - How marriage equality legislation led to her starting her business focused on diversity and inclusion - The importance of educating front line employees on inclusive communication - Practical communication techniques to lead like an ally - How to meet people where they are at with diversity training, especially under time constraints - How to call people out on non-inclusive behavior - Best practices, and the good news, for the future of diversity Learn more about Bernadette Smith at https://www.bernadettesmith.com/.
Jan 12, 2020
72: Karen Catlin - Setting Allyship as a Top Priority at Your Organization
In our fifth season, we are having candid conversations about diversity and inclusion with our team of experts. In this episode, allies expert, Karen Catlin, shares: - What she did when she looked around the tech industry and saw it becoming maler and paler - Why all voices need to be included in the conversation about diversity - Types of gender bias and how to "Flip it to Test it" - Specific language to lead like an ally - Trends she sees for 2020 "The Year of the Ally" - Hiring practices to better recruit diverse talent Follow Karen on Twitter @betterallies and get her new book on her website https://karencatlin.com/.
Jan 5, 2020
71: Michelle Cantor - Inclusion + Diversity = Change Management
In our fifth season, we are having candid conversations about diversity and inclusion with our team of experts. In this episode, I&D expert, Michelle Cantor, shares: - The relationship between inclusion, diversity, and change management - How to be intentional with inclusion and diversity - The business case and the human case for diversity - Unconscious bias as the great equalizer for all humans - The fears holding diversity and inclusion back - How to provide clarity at the top for I&D cultural transformation - Recruiting strategies for diversity Learn more about Michelle at https://www.volarconsulting.com.
Dec 14, 2019
70: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Sustainable Systems
Leading like an ally is a journey. Want to be more inclusive? This episode unpacks four proven methods to be inclusive: * Ensure Interview Slates are Diverse * Measure Progress on Equality * Broaden Diversity to More than Race and Gender * Set Expectations for Leaders to Care If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Dec 7, 2019
69: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally as an Ally for LGBTQ+
Leading like an ally is a journey. Want to be more inclusive? This episode unpacks four proven methods to be inclusive: * Define the LGBTQ+ diversity dictionary * Learn the gender spectrum * Facilitate being out at work * Use inclusive pronouns If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Nov 30, 2019
68: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally by Unpacking Race
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They understand racial bias and model inclusion of all races for all people. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Own Your Role in the System * Address Not Seeing Color * Focus on Cultural Diversity * Use the Term, “People of Color” If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Nov 23, 2019
67: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally by Interrupting Gender Bias
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They know understand gender bias and model inclusion of all genders. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Stop Benevolent Sexism * Know Gender Bias * Model Inclusive Caregiving Leave * Be Clear about Sexual Harassment Policies If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Nov 17, 2019
66: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally by Understanding Unconscious Bias
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They own their bias and manage bias with their teams. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Check Unconscious Bias * Call Out Microaggressions * Know the Science of Bias * Limit "Othering” People If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Nov 9, 2019
65: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Your Leadership Style
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They know their leadership brand and inclusion is a part of it. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Know When to Ask vs to Tell * Delegate * Know the GROW Model * Giving to Give * Identify Strengths in Others * Bolster the Confidence of Others If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Nov 2, 2019
64: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Diversity Storytelling
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They share their stories and invite others to share their stories. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Think of a Time When You Were Different * Understand Covering * Write Out the Story * Share the Story If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Oct 26, 2019
63: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Space for Others
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They hold space for others to be seen, heard, and feel as they belong. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Stay Open to Input * Be Curious * Have Inclusive Meetings * Practice Perspective Taking * Help Other be Seen and Heard If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Oct 19, 2019
62: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Knowing Your Ally Role
Knowing who you are as an ally is a journey. Want to be more inclusive? This episode unpacks four proven methods to be inclusive: * Challenge with Care * Be a Mentor * Step up as a Sponsor * Coach to Success In this pivotal 4th season, you will get a glimpse of our Lead Like an Ally program and book and walk away with tangible tools and strategies to be an even more inclusive leader. Sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of the new Lead Like an Ally program at LeadLikeAnAlly.com.
Oct 12, 2019
61: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Comfort with Discomfort
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They are calm, cool, and collected when talking about diversity. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Challenge with Care * Conduct Candid Conversations * Give and Take Feedback - SBI Model * Unpack Privilege If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Oct 5, 2019
60: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Self-Management
Inclusive leaders lead like allies. They manage their behavior and influence the behavior of others. Want to lead like an ally? In this episode, you will learn how to: * Practice Empathy * Strengthen Emotional Intelligence * Be Vulnerable * Seek to Understand If you like this content, check out LeadLikeAnAlly.com to sign up for our complimentary 30-day preview of our new Lead Like an Ally program and get the new book, Lead Like an Ally.
Oct 2, 2019
59: Julie Kratz - Lead Like an Ally with Self-Awareness
Leaders that lead like allies are far more successful than those that do not practice inclusive leadership. Self-awareness is a journey. And, it is the first and most critical to showing up as an ally for others. Want to be more inclusive? This episode unpacks four proven methods to be inclusive: * Know Your Ally Why * Set Your Ally Vision * Personal SWOT Analysis * Activate Your Allyship Plan In this pivotal first episode of our 4th season, you will get a glimpse of our Lead Like an Ally program and book and walk away with tangible tools and strategies to be an even more inclusive leader.
Jun 20, 2019
58: Lorraine Ball - How to Create Inclusive Values
This week's podcast features my mentor and marketing expert, Lorraine Ball, founder of Roundpeg. Lorraine recently updated her organization's values with her team and shares her experience with me. She asked her team, "who do you want to sit next to?" to help them craft specific values and behaviors to hold each other mutually accountable to. They have now become her hiring criteria and coaching standards. As Lorraine says, "values are a window into the soul of the person." And, for those struggling to recruit and engage top talent, you just might be looking for an elusive unicorn. Think more about what values are critical to you and prioritize those over skills and industry knowledge that can be taught. If your organization is creating or updating your values, we facilitate discussions and highly recommend this facilitation tool kit: https://www.story.solutions/store/the-values-deck
Jun 14, 2019
57: Amy Wright - Being an Ally is a Journey
This week, we have a special guest, Amy Wright, Human Resources Leader at Milestone Corporation. She has experienced our "Engaging Men as Allies" talk in many venues and formats and gives a glimpse behind the curtain as to what happens throughout the ally journey. As Amy shares her story of being with other HR professionals, her own leadership team, her full company, and then with women in the industry, the experiences differ and the learning evolves. She shares her take on being a mother to future allies, her struggle with pronouns, and how she utilizes the #flipittotestit tool to advocate for equality.
May 31, 2019
56: Gretchen Schott - The Intersection of Gender Equality & Religious Beliefs
This week's hot topic podcast has a special guest, Gretchen Schott, VP of Learning and Development at TrueU. She has been an important ally to me personally, as well as in my business. Together, we share a story of a candid conversation we had together about gender and religion and tips on building inclusive cultures. In this episode, you will learn: - How to lean into brave conversations about equality - A history lesson on religion and gender differences - About the art of curiosity and its importance in being an ally Gretchen references the TrueU podcast "Make My People Better" with episodes to the founders of the organizations that are building inclusive work cultures. Learn more at TrueU at https://trueu.com, the Morales Group podcast at https://trueu.com/tom-seth-morales/, and Jasper Engines podcast at https://trueu.com/doug-zach-bawel/. The Skill up Build Up podcast by the Morales Group is at https://www.skillupbuildup.com/
May 24, 2019
55: Julie Kratz - What Women Are Up Against At Work Report
This week, Lean In published a study in partnership with Survey Monkey on What Women Are Up Against At Work. What they found is an alarming 63% of men are uncomfortable working with women at work on basic tasks. This is a problem. We need men and women to work together now more than ever. In the post #metoo era, sexual harassment is still pervasive in organizations, while men think it is getting better at the same time women think it is getting worse. This week's episode leans into this tough conversation with tools for actionable change. We need #menasallies. We are stronger together. We are ONE. See the full report here: https://leanin.org/sexual-harassment-backlash-survey-results Flip it to test it video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq_xYSOZrgU
May 17, 2019
54: Julie Kratz - Non-Allies, What to Do About Bad Behavior at Work?
Today's hot topic came from an audience question in one of my talks this week. What do you do when you have a non-ally? While, I would argue many men are allies in training or want to be an ally, what do you do when they truly do not want to engage as an ally? To address this, I explain what a microaggression is and why they matter, and share a framework for a candid conversation about bad behavior. First, ask yourself, are they aware of the behavior? (likely not) Second, is the behavior intentional? (again, likely not) Then, help them become aware and/or realize their intentions do not match the perception. Resist delaying this conversation, because if you do not say something, you are saying it is okay.
May 10, 2019
53: Julie Kratz - More Women in Politics, Yet Has Anything Really Changed?
Netflix Documentary on Women in Politics is Getting Attention. At the start of 2019, women made unprecedented advances into politics in the United States. There was a 15% increase overnight in women in Congress than in 2018. Yet, the percentage of the total is only up from 20.6% to 23.7%. The women that have joined are experiencing criticism, which may be perceived as gender bias. If men were to demonstrate this behavior, would it be okay? And, the women that are joining are largely Democrats, many of which won on grass root campaigns. Is this what it will take to drive diversity in politics? These questions and more covered in this week's episode. Netflix Special Article: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pdominguez/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-knock-down-house-netflix Statistics on Women in Congress: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/04/678227272/what-it-looks-like-to-have-a-record-number-of-women-in-the-house-of-representatitch?v=Bq_xYSOZrgUv=Bq_xYSOZrgU Flip It to Test It Ted Tal…
May 3, 2019
52: Julie Kratz - The "P" Word & Why it is so Hard to Talk About Privilege
In this week's episode, we unpack the discomfort about privilege, and share Pete Buttigieg's (white gay man running for President) story on privilege. We also share our take on what it means to lead like an ally and talk openly about the "P" word. I share my own discomfort talking about this topic and what I have done to lean into this tough conversation. The privilege walk is an excellent way to talk about diversity and inclusion at work. We also share some tools to keep this dialogue flowing in your organization with our "Unpacking Privilege" free online workshop with my ally Ericka Young and my ally Karen Catlin's "5 Ally Actions" newsletter. Learn how to lead like an ally and talk about the "P" word at work! Get the "5 Ally Actions" weekly newsletter: https://betterallies.com/ Sign up for the "Unpacking Privilege" workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpacking-privilege-how-are-you-using-yours-to-lift-us-all-up-tickets-61233861127 Pete Buttigieg video on white male pri…
Apr 26, 2019
51: Julie Kratz - How and When to Involve Our Allies
This week, I had three interesting conversations with clients about gender equality and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 1) I brought my daughter to work with me this week when speaking at a conference, and was met with unexpected applause from the audience. Despite my nerves and apprehensions, I was so proud to have brought her to see Mama in action. More on this experience in our "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" blog: https://www.nextpivotpoint.com/blog/ 2) I was then met with some unexpected feedback on how to engage men in our Women's Leadership Academy. We came up with dual tracks for women and men as allies as a result based on key skills needed to be a successful women leader and be an inclusive leader. More on our Pivot Point Women's Leadership Academy: https://www.nextpivotpoint.com/womens-leadership-academy/ 3) I had a conversation with a diversity, equality, and inclusion officer that has created a full diversity and inclusion road map for her organization. They…
Apr 20, 2019
50: Julie Kratz - Female-Dominated Industries Do Not Exist
Is your industry male-dominated? Name an industry that is female-dominated... The usual answers are: non-profit, health care, and education. While women are employed at higher levels in these industries, they are not equally represented at a leadership level. While women make up 76% of teachers in the US, they are only 16% of university presidents and 52% of principals. Women are 70% of the health care industry's workers, and just 30% of leadership team members. In non-profit, women are just 18% of CEO's while they are 75% of the workforce. Lead like an ally, and challenge the perception of this excuse. There is no such thing as a female-dominated industry. Measure gender equality in your organization, check bias in the workplace, and call out microaggressions (non-inclusive behaviors) that tend to affect women. We are stronger together. We are ONE. McKinsey Women in the Workplace: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/gender-equality/women-in-the-workplace-2018
Apr 12, 2019
49: Kyle Korver - Lead Like an Ally, AI, & #MeToo Revisited
Kyle Korver captured the world's attention as he led like an ally publishing an article privilege about his experiences in the NBA with racism. He advocates for himself and other leaders to be better. We share our take on the story and ideas to lead like an ally. Also, we take candid feedback from an ally on our #MeToo story last week and address the lack of gender equality in the AI industry. You will not want to miss these hot topics! Read Kyle's full story here: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-nba Learn more about gender equality in AI here: https://www.wired.com/story/artificial-intelligence-researchers-gender-imbalance/ And, check out last week's episode here on #MeToo here: https://www.nextpivotpoint.com/pivot-point-podcast/
Apr 5, 2019
48: Julie Kratz - #MeToo, Where Are We Now?
With the recent allegations of Joe Biden violating women's personal spaces, it is a good time to take a perspective on where we are at with #MeToo in the workplace. This story serves as an example of what allies do - listen to learn - and what not to do - enter people's personal spaces that do not want to be touched. So, how do you discuss this at work? In this episode, we unpack key strategies to be an ally and have this candid conversation. Including, the infamous workplace hug scenario.
Mar 29, 2019
47: Julie Kratz - The Gender Spectrum
We have two hot topics to share in this week's episode. We're unpacking the gender spectrum as well as gendered language. The words we use matter. When we say "guys" and "girls," we send signals that those that are underrepresented do not belong. Being inclusive as a leader requires us to address groups inclusively with words like "you all," "team," or "we." Those words help everyone feel more included. I offer tools to take gender out of your vocabulary. Instead of thinking of "he" vs. "she," think of gender as non-binary. Recognize it is a spectrum and many fall in the middle of masculinity and femininity. Be okay with that ambiguity. We are all allies in training. I love what one of my clients said this week, "I have some work to do." That is what an ally does. Starts inside and starts to change the outside through shifts in behavior. We are stronger together. We are ONE.
Mar 24, 2019
46: Julie Kratz - Women as Allies for Women
Two times this week clients stated that we need more women to be allies for women. Whenever a subject surfaces more than once, I have to dig in. I get curious. We need more allies for women. Women alone cannot solve this problem. 50% of the population will only solve 50% of the problem. So, why does this happen? The tug of war gender bias exists in many organizations. The perception that there is only room for one woman to be on the leadership team. What can you do about it? Surface this hot topic and ask questions like, "how are we building a culture of allies here with women being allies for women?" "what are things we can do to be more inclusive and support across genders?" or simply share this episode and ask a team member or ally what they think. Inclusive leaders have candid conversations. They listen to learn.
Mar 15, 2019
45: Julie Kratz - Captain Marvel, a Segway for a Diversity Conversation at Work
This week, I unpack the first female-led superhero movie from Marvel - Captain America. I discuss why this movie matters for women and young girls. We have to see it to believe it. And, it features people of color and white women as allies. Powerful stuff. No spoilers, promise! My call to action is to have discussions in the workplace about the film - what people thought of it, what it means for diversity, and how we can have more diversity and inclusion in our organization. If you are not having this conversation at work, you are behind. Take this easy segway to having a more diverse and inclusion workplace. Diversity is a candid conversation, leaders need to be the first to step into the conversation. We are stronger together. We are ONE.
Mar 9, 2019
44: Julie Kratz - Celebrating International Women's Day
International Women's Day is March 8 every year. What did you do to celebrate? My clients had women led panels, had a podcast or video discussions, Lunch & Learns, or invited me to speak. Yesterday, I spent the day with my clients at Caterpillar, Zoetis, my very own Women's Leadership Academy, and wrapped up with Indiana Society of Association Executives on "Bolstering Your Authentic Confidence," "Leading with Influence," "Asking for What You Want," and "Building a Winning Career Game Plan." Keep the conversation going beyond this one day. If you want to promote real positive change, keep the dialogue going. If you are a leader or want to be more of an ally, ask questions like: - What is it like to be like you? - How can I support you? - Where do you want to go with your career? Celebrate success. Keep it up. Be candid. Join us here for the next hot topic next week!
Mar 1, 2019
43: Jen Edds - New Season, Hot Topics on Equality in the Workplace
Season three will bring you our point of view on newsworthy topics that affect equality in the workplace. In this episode, we share the inspiration for the shift. You will meet my podcast thinking partner, Jen Edds. And, we drop some knowledge on what happens when you do not talk about these things in your workplaces. Every episode this season is 5-10 minutes. You can listen and learn quickly. And, take action on what you can do to promote positive change.
Oct 22, 2018
42: Julie Kratz - Everyone Has a Diversity Story (Bonus Episode)
Here is my diversity story, along with tools to help you share your story. I had the opportunity to give a 5-minute talk on diversity storytelling this month – 200+ people and auto advancing slides – I was nervous! The subject was diversity storytelling. I believe everyone has a diversity story and as leaders, we all need to share them. In this episode, you will hear the live talk, and get tools to write your very own diversity story.
Oct 1, 2018
41: Denise Herd and Eleanor Beaton - Women as Allies
While we need more male allies, we also need more women to be allies for women. Denise and Eleanor personify allies for women. Through their speaking on women’s empowerment, both encourage women to share their voices more. Denise Herd, visionary leader of Herd Strategies, helps women find and own their voices. Her candid conversation highlights the role of gender in conflict, and how allies (women and men) get to the root cause of the issue. As she shares, inclusivity is key. According to Denise, we need men at the table with women to hear what they think to be truly inclusive. And, we need to do that while maintaining safe places for women to learn and share their stories. Eleanor Beaton, North America’s top women’s leadership expert, shares her candid conversation about unconscious bias as a mother in the workplace. While she wished she had responded more directly in the moment, she now teaches women how to speak up and directly address conflict when it happens. She offers qu…
Oct 1, 2018
40: Eric Brotman and Sheryl Brown - Allies in Finance
Being an ally can be lonely. In this episode, Eric Brotman and Sheryl Brown both share their candid conversation of being the one of the only men or women in a business setting. The finance industry, as with most industries, is not gender diverse, yet Eric and Sheryl have both leveraged their voices to make a positive impact on their industry. Eric joined a women in finance organization as an early ally in the 1990’s, and has since achieved gender equality in his own financial advising business with 50/50 male and female partners. While he admits to not having the secret recipe for gender equality, he attributes his firm’s success to hiring for the right skill sets. As the leader, he makes sure that his team looks for strong listening skills, collaboration, and relationship-focused skill sets and hires and rewards those skills. As a firm, they also focus on unseeing gender difference in the workplace, and park their own unconscious bias. As Eric’s ally, Sheryl Brown, leader of…
Oct 1, 2018
39: Sean Sullivan - The Personal Side of Being an Ally
Our allies come in all shapes and forms. They can be mentors, sponsors, advocates, champions, or sounding boards. This personal story will touch your heart as a son and his mother share how they became allies for one another, and how that influences their views of gender equality in the workplace today. Key lessons you will learn from their ally journey: - Be kind to others. Kindness as an ally is paramount. - Find a way to balance gender roles, and be as blind to them as possible in the workplace. - Assume people are coming from a good place. Most people want to be helpful. - Find your gender role comfort zone. Flex to be more aggressive or more collaborative given the situation. - See both sides of the situation, rather than men and women, see . others as humans. Learn more and connect with Sean at https://www.linkedin.com/in/seansullivan110/.
Sep 11, 2018
38: Danielle Vetter and Peter Khoury - Communication and Leadership Gaps
In this episode, we feature two very different leaders. That is, based on gender, race, industry, and geography. Yet, their perspectives are eerily similar on diversity. Danielle Vetter is a Diversity & Inclusion leader at a Midwest technology and engineering company. Peter Khoury was raised in the Middle East and now lives on the West Coast practicing presence and public speaking training and coaching. From their diverse vantage points, they both see gender differences in communication and leadership, offering strategies to close the gender gaps. As Peter shares, he teaches men and women the same key attributes of effective communication: assertiveness, clarity, and being direct. Yet, he often finds women are more hesitant to take action on the coaching. They share that when they have been assertive or direct in the past, they are labelled as bossy or aggressive. Realizing that women are far more likely to get feedback on their personality vs. situations, they find themselves on thi…
Sep 11, 2018
37: Jason and Kendra Beutler - Gender Sensitivity
Jason and Kendra Beutler are leaders of Edusource, a technology company that believes in taking advantage of young talent. As they share, young people can help solve the talent gaps in technology. And, they have a proven track record of investing in young people, which in turn, has helped them solve complex problems for their organization and clients. Together, they share what it is like to lead as allies, and to be candid. When they hired two summer interns who were female, they wanted to be sure to have an actively inclusive culture where the new women felt supported and a sense of belonging. To do this, they facilitated a “Gender Sensitivity Training.” It was an open dialogue to discuss situations that might make others feel uncomfortable, and modeled how to proactively engage in inclusive behavior like asking team members to go out to lunch. In fact, gender sensitivity training turned into playful code word to callout negative behavior in moment. It helped to make uncomfortabl…
Sep 11, 2018
36: Dr. David Smith and Amy C. Waninger - Men Mentoring Women and Networking Beyond Bias
Thought leaders in mentoring and networking join this episode to share stories and lessons for men as allies and those looking to diversify their networks. Dr. David Smith, co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and gender expert, shares his candid conversation giving a peer constructive feedback. In his story, he confronts benevolent sexist behavior with one of his peers in the military. Similar to chivalry, benevolent sexism refers to protecting or treating women differently. It is often done with good intentions, yet is unhelpful for women long term. While men often are socialized to be the “knights in shining armor,” that is not what an ally does. Allies help those they mentor, sponsor, and/or champion to instead advocate for themselves. Amy is the author of Networking Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Edge in Your Career. She shares her own personal story of addressing gender bias in the moment and how she called out negative behavior, lead…
Sep 11, 2018
35: Caroline Dowd-Higgins and Zane Davis - Allies are Brave
Candid conversations are tough to have. It is easy to skirt around them. Maybe for the short-term, but this is detrimental for long-term success. This episode’s guests share how to engage in them safely, and productively. Caroline Dowd-Higgins outlines keys to a candid conversation through her own candid conversation story. By inserting herself into an uncomfortable situation to create a safe space for a colleague, she was able to set the tone and show the team what good allyship looks like. She chose to not be a bystander, look the other way, or avoid the conflict instead. She is an advocate for leaders to step into the discomfort by neutralizing tone and emotion and setting ground rules collaboratively. Specifically, by asking “how can I better communicate with you?” and practicing gratitude with those with negative behavior, we create safe places for sustained positive change. Also in this episode, Zane Davis, MBA student at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana Universit…
Sep 11, 2018
34: Vernon Johnson and Maria Caceres - Diversity as a Mindset
What does diversity mean to you? Our guests this episode are leaders inside their organizations on diversity and inclusion. They describe diversity as a mindset – being open to others’ ideas, listening, and asking questions. D (diversity) is the mix & I (inclusion) is making the mix work. As Vernon describes, that means having diverse interview slates, leaders as advocates for diversity, diversity initiatives at all levels of the organization, diversity and inclusion scorecards, career maps, and leadership diversity goal plans for starters. Maria offers questions to our listeners to engage as an ally: - What do you need? - What do you like? Not like? - What is it like to be you? - How can I help? Park the fear and do it afraid. It is okay to not say the “right” thing. Be curious to learn and be vulnerable to ask questions you do not know the answers to. That’s what allies do. Follow Maria at https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-caceres/ and at https://www.regions.com/.…
Sep 11, 2018
33: Emily Wolfington and Jason Barnaby - Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
We all seek comfort in what we do. Who we talk with, and what we talk about. Today’s guests challenge that norm in a big way. They share their stories of how they have leaned into the candid conversations. A must-have for successful leaders and allies of diversity. As a senior Human Resources leader in technology, Emily Wolfington removes obstacles for her team to do their best work. Having experienced her own obstacles wrestling with visibility in a male-dominated environment, she now focuses on engaging allies in her career to ensure she is seen and heard. Leading a culture of allies, she highlights how to engage men as allies and show them how can they be more of an ally. Simply starting the conversation with, “here’s one thing I am struggling with, can you help me?” opens the door to allies to step in. Through finding her own voice and embracing self-advocacy, Emily shows women leaders what good looks like, and offers tangible tips for men to be allies. Jason Barnaby is a…