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Julie Sowash and Torin Ellis are serious about destroying the lame, losing and punitive Diversity and Inclusion narrative. A weekly podcast of talking truth, exploring the uncomfortable, and often ignored. Chasing solution and never hiding from behind lip service. They won’t always get it right, but they will always bring it real. Grab a latte and rock with Crazy and the King - ya heard! #crazyandtheking More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis

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Julie and Torin get deep on the impact of the COVID-19 impact on women, especially single moms and women of color. The impact is unfathomable. The fix should be coming from the companies we work for every day. We can fix this. We just have to choose to do so. Keep pushing! We cannot be idle. Welcome Gusto! Julie and Torin welcome our first pod sponsor: Gusto! Get three months free exclusively for Crazy and the King listeners. Visit www.gusto.com/catk We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Red Thread Research https://redthreadresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/RedThreadResearch_Leveling-the-Field_infographic_FINAL.pdf McKinsey Report: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/covid-19-and-gender-equality-countering-the-regressive-effects# Goldman Sachs: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/economy/schools-reopening-economy-jobs/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3Wsn9WmM5b9x-OZDOhGWBFz9bE1ViMe8PbWxCblnswuLCkspeoxK0Tk14 Fortune: https://fortune.com/2020/08/03/covid-19-working-moms-gender-equality-backslide/?fbclid=IwAR0U2_DvO1XO7-zZsRMA-5MyBCjfagy6d8aY3R5hkCDugy76_Iaypm1QM08 Name Drops: DIRC20: Wanna a free ticket to the DIRC - Listen to the podcast to learn how! https://www.dirc.info/home. Julie's beautiful college bound daughters. Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by edsavi30 from Pixabay
Torin and Julie wonder why BLM is a political statement instead of a statement of our humanity. Shame on TX Bar President. Apologize not accepted! Nike reboots internal diversity with a new Diversity Leader. Congrats Kelly Leonard! Just Do It. Then we celebrate the ADA, some awesome news from Google on search, and a reminder of how far we have to go. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TX Bar: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Meeting_Agendas_and_Minutes&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=50837 Nike Diversity Reboot: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-28/nike-s-first-diversity-chief-steps-down-after-two-years-in-job?sref=iOhDE2Sc Minority Mental Health Month: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Minority-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month/Strength-Over-Silence Google Progress: :https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2020/07/queries-around-black-mental-health-ableism-and-ableist-language-were-among-the-top-searches-on-google.html   https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/our-commitment-more-accessible-world/ https://about.google/all-stories/?topic=accessibility Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by William Iven from Pixabay
Mediocre White Dudes.

Mediocre White Dudes.

2020-07-2443:00

Julie and Torin take a some time to catch up on some news and update some of our more recent stories. Unwoke.HR - Apparently, an actual job board with actual people working to undo all of the progress we have made to create greater equity. Still waiting on the cowardly lions behind the site to come out and give Crazy and the King an interview. Don't hold your breath. Then, Tucker Carlson's Vacation, Facebook's Diversity, Ubisoft....and the end of extended unemployment. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: UnWoke.HR: vice.com/en_us/article/n7wdyx/unwoke-hr-job-listing-platform-hacked?fbclid=IwAR20dw5lqEb3hgGu_KWyXFUt0Fqb2waDSGeV9HftVruvKt7FCNSmLd_gF84 Tucker:  https://www.salon.com/2020/07/21/confirmed-fox-knew-of-allegations-against-tucker-carlson-before-his-pre-planned-vacation/ Ubisoft: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-21/ubisoft-sexual-misconduct-scandal-harassment-sexism-and-abuse Extended Unemployment Ends: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/20/892476371/the-end-of-600-unemployment-benefits-will-hit-millions-of-households-and-the-eco Name Drops: Joy Reid of the Reid Report: https://www.blackenterprise.com/report-msnbc-host-joy-reid-to-become-first-black-woman-to-anchor-a-prime-time-cable-news-program/ Jason Seidenhttps://twitter.com/Seiden Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Leandro De Carvalho from Pixabay
Julie and Torin take a lighter note exploring racism disguised as white fragility. Unwoke.HR - Best troll ever, honeypot, or worst niche job board in the history of job boards? Only time will tell, but if the folks hiding behind the white curtain would come out and chat they could let us know. Doubtful, we know. Next, Tucker Carlson fires head writer for writing anonymously exactly what he would write for the Tucker's opening monologue. We don't need you to tell us who you are, we already know. A special thank you from the Hickson family for your support and encouragement after last week's episode TRIGGER WARNING and our bonus episode with a 1x1 interview with Melissa. A lot of you have reached out asking how to support the family. Here is a link to the go fund me below. We will keep you up to date on the progress of this incredibly important story. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis  Show Links: UnWoke.HR - vice.com/en_us/article/n7wdyx/unwoke-hr-job-listing-platform-hacked?fbclid=IwAR20dw5lqEb3hgGu_KWyXFUt0Fqb2waDSGeV9HftVruvKt7FCNSmLd_gF84 Tucker: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/10/media/tucker-carlson-writer-blake-neff/index.html Name Drops: Evergreen: We Joined The Network: https://www.newswire.com/news/evergreen-podcasts-welcomes-crazy-the-king-21174690?fbclid=IwAR0PMmYMyun6IZpK7oPtIP_iW12i4c498Tq60tYyJfF8j3w4tJ3J9Bq5lPM James Ellis: https://twitter.com/thewarfortalent?s=20 Cred:  Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Leandro De Carvalho from Pixabay
BONUS EPISODE: After hearing the story of Michael Hickson on TRIGGER WARNING, our latest episode, we are releasing the full interview with Michael's wife and champion, Melissa Hickson. Melissa cared for her husband and five children after his disabling episode, but as a strong Black woman, we see the reaction of the medical professionals, guardians, and media as she advocates for Michael. She experiences tremendous loss and is then victimized again by those who should have been supporting her. Not only did Michael Hickson deserve better, but Melissa Hickson deserved better, too. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TRIGGER WARNING: https://link.chtbl.com/MichaelHickson Hickson Family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund YouTube Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq-_gtjnzZg ADAPT of TX: http://adaptoftexas.org/ Statement from St. David's: https://stdavids.com/about/newsroom/statement-on-the-death-of-michael-hickson Statement from Family Eldercare: https://www.familyeldercare.org/statement-on-the-passing-of-michael-hickson/ Resources: Dead Not Yet: https://notdeadyet.org/ Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image Provided by Melissa Hickson
Julie and Torin are mad as Hell. Why? Michael Hickson, a Black Disabled father of five dies after being refused treatment for coronavirus at St. David's in Austin, TX.  This is a MUST LISTEN story about the effects of ableism and racism in our healthcare system. Joined by the wife of Michael Hickson and members of ADAPT of Texas we take a deep dive into the death of Michael Hickson. Who decides the quality of YOUR life? https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis  Show Links: Hickson Family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund YouTube Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq-_gtjnzZg ADAPT of TX: http://adaptoftexas.org/ Statement from St. David's: https://stdavids.com/about/newsroom/statement-on-the-death-of-michael-hickson Statement from Family Eldercare: https://www.familyeldercare.org/statement-on-the-passing-of-michael-hickson/ Resources: Dead Not Yet: https://notdeadyet.org/ Cred:  Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image Provided by Melissa Hickson
This week, Torin and Julie explore recent reviews of the "kafkatrap" of Robin DeAngelo's White Fragility and Carmel, Indiana's Rev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church calling Black Lives Matter organizers "maggots and parasites." White Suburban Women in Indiana, it is time to soldier up or shut up. A brief mention of Adidas' literal and figurative "Karen" and a set up for next week's show where we take a deep dive into the murder of Michael Hickson of Austin, Texas. Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis  Show Links: Dr. Yazeed: https://thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/white-people-stop-reading-white-fragility/ Logical Liberal: https://thelogicalliberal.com/2020/06/13/white-fragility/ Rothrock: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/carmel/2020/06/30/carmel-church-pastor-message-against-black-lives-matter-demonstrators/3284148001/ Adidas: https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/karenrobinsonjacobs/2020/06/30/adidas-hr-chief-steps-down-amid-diversity-concerns/amp/ Resources: Black Authors on Racism: https://thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/white-people-stop-reading-white-fragility/ Black and ADHD with Theo Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh-3ULQJiEY  Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Hin und wieder gibts mal was. from Pixabay
This week, Julie and Torin talk Goldman Sachs diversity play - Torin is optimistic, Julie is skeptical, but either way how can D/I experts leverage this new player to create change? Also, this week, the Trump Administration puts a "temporary" halt on H1B (and others) visas...How can companies build a sustainable pipeline of talent for the long-term and increase diversity. It is time to stop thinking short term, people! Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Goldman Sachs:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/goldman-sachs-strategist-if-we-dont-address-systematic-racism-economy-and-markets-will-get-bad-163521848.html Visa: https://fortune.com/2020/06/23/trump-h1b-visa-executive-order-india/ Resources: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-to-end-the-effective-use-of-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-resources-registration-109518583030? --- Adjusted cost code: #blacklivesmatter to save a few $$$ https://www.racialjusticeinvesting.org/our-statement? Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Hin und wieder gibts mal was. from Pixabay
This week, Torin and Julie celebrate living during a historical, game changing moment in LGBTQ civil rights. We also realize Julie's university education in history could use an upgrade. #BLM #Juneteenth #WhiteWashedHistory Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-lgbtq-rights-movement-wins-its-biggest-supreme-court-victory https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article243578507.html Resources: https://www.hellajuneteenth.com/ Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by yogesh more from Pixabay
In our lastest episode, Torin and Julie welcomes Sheryl Ellis, author of Making It Work: Managing your Health Condition through Workplace ADA Accommodation. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR CRAZY AND THE KING!!! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Work-Condition-Workplace-Accommodations/dp/1733503005 Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image: Sheryl Ellis
Quarantine Week 11 - This week, Julie learns about White Spaces and Torin laughs then brings the realness. Julie shares every working mom's guilt. Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://sociology.yale.edu/sites/default/files/pages_from_sre-11_rev5_printer_files.pdf https://www.thelily.com/i-had-to-choose-being-a-mother-with-no-child-care-or-summer-camps-women-are-being-edged-out-of-the-workforce/ Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by John Hain from Pixabay
Quarantine Week 10 - This week Black Creators on TikTok fight against censorship and win and white folks heap blame on black people for the impact of Coronavirus. WTF?!?! Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin
Quarantine Week 9 - This week is a tale of two CEO's - What does Twitter and Tesla's CEO's and their approach to reopening say about the value of labor in America? Then Torin and Julie jump in to investigating the diversity of investigative journalism.  Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/12/twitter-says-staff-can-continue-working-from-home-permanently/ https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11/cars/elon-musk-tesla-factory-tweet/index.html https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/investigative-journalism-long-criticized-for-a-lack-of-diversity-has-made-significant-developments-since-march/ https://www.ire.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ire_q1_2020.pdf Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image
Quarantine Week 8 - Torin and Julie dive into the Ahmaud Arbery murder, the pandemic is impacting those who are deaf and finally the speed of change is proving once again disability is a social model we can change. Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://www.ozy.com/news-and-politics/the-forgotten-victims-of-the-pandemic-the-deaf-community/303802/ http://psych.nyu.edu/pelli/docs/azbel2004intel.pdf https://www.forbes.com/sites/drnancydoyle/2020/04/29/we-have-been-disabled-how-the-pandemic-has-proven-the-social-model-of-disability Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image Ahmaud Arbery
Quarantine Week 7 - Torin and Julie are joined by Disability and Inclusion Experts, Kevin McCloskey and Michelle Weinstein. In a time like no other, the pandemic has opened eyes and hearts to the mental health epidemic in the world. Kevin and Michelle share their predictions, some best practices and the necessity of mental health first aid in our workplaces.  Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Our Guests: Kevin McCloskey Director of Partnership Development Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond Website: www.disabilitytalent.org  Career Center: www.disabilitysolutionstalent.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-mccloskey-8b8a326/ Michelle Weinstein Ability Beyond Residential & Clinical Services Manager Website: www.abilitybeyond.org LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-weinstein-aadc-ladc-684a9111b/ Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by John Hain from Pixabay
Quarantine Week 6 - Black lives and black communities are being devastated by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and it is not by accident. Generations of systemic inequality are being exposed now more than ever in the lives lost. Join Torin and Julie in a frank and transparent conversation. It is time for a reality check and time for strong action. McKinsey and Company lay out the stark truths right before our very eyes. Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https:https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-sector/our-insights/covid-19-investing-in-black-lives-and-livelihoods//www.netflix.com/title/81001496 Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Bruce Emmerling from Pixabay
Crip Camp Revolution

Crip Camp Revolution

2020-04-2235:45

Week 5 and we are ready for a revelation and a revolution here at Crazy and The King. Join us for a discussion of the new Netflix Obama collab - Crip Camp. It WILL change the way you see people with disabilities and the disability civil rights journey in a whole new way. AND it will make you happy and ready to join the cause. Something we all need right now.  Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: https://www.netflix.com/title/81001496 Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Netflix
Quarantine Week 4: How do we keep D/I in the forefront when we aren't in front of each other? When we do get back together, how can we catapult this crisis into meaningful action and conversation about the importance of D/I - we bring multiple perspectives - listen in! Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Keepin' the Flow: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/managing-the-flow-of-ideas-in-a-pandemic/ D/I in Non-Profits: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=71dd6578-f9ac-4fac-82e4-f91f15d3d552 Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Comfreak from Pixabay
As the Coronovirus quarantine continues, Julie and Torin jump into how WFH mandates change the game for talented workers with disabilities who have been denied the accommodation pre-virus. Then ImageNet Consulting trashes its brand and its morale by trying to steal their employees' stimulus checks - and their kids' checks, too. Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: WFH Disability Style - Rebecca Cokely https://www.ozy.com/news-and-politics/disabled-americans-need-flexible-work-coronavirus-proves-it-can-be-done/293004 ImageNet Consulting Trashes Their Brand: https://www.ibtimes.com/can-companies-dock-stimulus-money-employee-pay-texas-company-looking-do-just-2948925 https://kfor.com/news/company-apologizes-for-ill-advised-plan-to-dock-pay-of-workers-getting-stimulus-checks/ Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by thedarknut from Pixabay
The United States and the Western World is in a time of unprecedented lack of trust in our institutions including the government and the companies we work for. Record levels of income-inequality and fear about a less rosy future have been driving our failing trust and then BOOM coronavirus right to the face. How can we as D/I leaders, as people leaders, and humans create and leverage trust for the good of our businesses, our fellow travelers, and our world? Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Edelman Trust Barometer 2020:  https://www.edelman.com/trustbarometer Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
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